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Anyone remember the Thai classical dancer?

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Here's hoping some old-timers can help me out here. Over the weekend, some friends and I were reminiscing about old times in the gogo bars of Bangkok. We recalled the really strange item on a bar's progamme where, in between displays of male flesh, often accompanied by foam, fire, glow paint and baptismal glory (hurray!), an elderly lady would appear, dressed in traditional silk finery, to perform a classical dance.

My friends and I couldn't agree which bar it was that had this item. Anyone remember?

One of us said she -- well into her seventies -- was an aunt of the bar owner and there was no way the owner could ask her to retire, however risible the mismatch of her dance was to gogo entertainment. Don't know whether there was any truth to that.

 

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I remember seeing that performance, but what I understood was that she was not an actual woman, but an old ladyboy who got the job from a kathoey mamasan who had been a bit of a protegee of her in her younger days, and felt sorry for her.

I believe her name was "Auntie Nong" - there was an interview with her in this book:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ladyboys-Secret-World-Thailands-Gender/dp/190537948X

 

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