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Workhorse Afloat is a docuperformance that explores Asian diaspora movements motivated by survival, from Chinese rickshaw coolies (“human horses”) who sojourned to British Asia in colonial times to the modern day coolies (labourers), the Indian foreign workers from the subcontinent. In particular, it examines the attitudes of middleclass urbanites who employ foreign manual workers from developing Asian countries.
Conceived and directed by Ong Keng Sen, it is a piece of collaborative theatre. Through the use of multi-media images and physical presence, Workhorse Afloat explores the plight of urban hunger – a modern hunger for nostalgia, for an understanding of the world we live in; the hunger that drives us all even with the best of intentions, down the road of consumption.
Ong Keng Sen
K. Rajagopal (director of Aanae [Brother])
Theseus Chan of WORK
Low Kee Hong
Tang Fu Kuen
Segar S/O Sivanasen
The film of Anae [Brother]:
Editor- Jasmine Ng, Cameraperson- Karen Cai, Sound- Michael Lee, Lights- Henry Ng, Sound Engineer- Nor Ghani, On Line Editor- Ong Seow Fang, Stills Photography- Wah
Cast includes: Azad Ahamed, V Subramaniam, Velu Gobal Krishnan, Jai Suresh, Loong Seng Onn and Adrian Lim
25 – 26 June 1997