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David Hwang Festival: The Dance And The Railroad & The Sound Of A Voice (Double Bill)


Key Words

1867, Anti-Oppression, Anti-Stereotype, Asian-American, Assertiveness, Bravery, California, Chinese, Chinese Opera, Dignity, Double Bill, Dream, Emigration, Flute, Guan Gung, Immigrant, Kaisei Hogo, Kendo, Meiji, Occidental, Oriental, Pioneering, Railroad, Railway, Rocky Mountains, Rubber Estate, Shakuhachi, Sierra Nevada, Strength, Strike, Tin Mine, Travel, Workers, Zen,


About

Everyone must earn the right to plan Guan Gung.
Bits of my heart are trapped with travellers across the land.
I wasn’t born to work on a railroad.

The Dance and The Railroad – a story of two railroad workers in the Sierra Nevada mountains, based on the Chinese Railroad Workers’ Strike of 1867 – was David Hwang’s attempt at a historical piece. It contradicted popularly held stereotypes then – that coolie labourers in America were passive and weak – and showed instead assertive men who were brave enough to retain their basic human dignity and fight for their rights under the most oppressive circumstances. Their struggle for dignity, their strength, their dreams, are reminiscent of TheatreWorks’ pioneering spirit. It is a play with a cultural identity – an Asian culture with an American touch, dramatically blending Oriental and Occidental styles.



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Location:>
Drama Centre , Singapore, Singapore
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Date:>
1 - 10 February 1990
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People:>
Director: Writer: Composer: Set Design: Light Design: Hair Design: Make-up Design: Chinese Opera Coach: Kendo Coach: Performers: Producer: Stage Management:
Koh Joo Kim, Lok Meng Chue.
Assistant Light Designer:
Caroline Smith-Laing.
Sound:
Lorraine Frugneit .
Promotion & Publicity:
David Tan, Ng Soy Cheng.
Collaterals:
Albert K S Lim, Ooi Yu Lin.
Gala:
Chan Mei Lian, Lawrence Tan.
Front of House:
Michele Lim.

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