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Key Words

Bali Chinese Massacre, Boat People, Chiang Mai, Chinese Peranakan, Chinese Symphonic Music, Collaboration, Contemporary Art, Contemporary Music, Denpasar, Diaspora, Documentary Theatre, Edinburgh, Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Playhouse, Electronic Music, Gambang Kromong, History, Ho Chi Minh City, Hybridity, Indonesia Tionghua Culture, Indonesian Chinese, Jakarta, Los Angeles, Migration, Mumbai, Music Theatre, Nomads, Orang Laut, Pakistan, Refugee, Riau Islands, Sea Aboriginals, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Southeast Asia Studies, Thai Indian, Transdisciplinary Performance, Video Installation, Vietnam War, Vietnamese American, Voice Performance,


Diaspora is a sweeping, panoramic performance exploring memory, migration, assimilation and the triumph of the human spirit. Ong Keng Sen’s visionary production is an intricate layering of music, video, and live story-telling.

Keng Sen and a group of video artists have searched for real-life stories of diaspora and displacement. Through the personal stories of Vietnamese Americans, Indonesian Chinese, Indians in South East Asia, Orang Laut (or sea nomads) and Scottish Muslims, Keng Sen explores notions of home, identity and the dispersion of peoples through war, through birth and through choice.

This epic panorama of image and sound is underscored by a timeline of Chinese music spanning 2,000 years, ranging from mountain songs to contemporary compositions, performed live by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

Presented as part of the Edinburgh International Festival 2009.


Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland

15 – 16 August 2009

Concept, Director & Writer: Visual Artists: Conductor: Electronic Composer: Video Installation: Light Design: Sound Design: Performers: Musicians (Singapore Chinese Orchestra): Musical Advisor: Producer:
Tay Tong.
Technical Manager:
Andy Lim.
Stage Manager:
Valerie Oliveiro.
Associate Stage Manager:
Terry Anne Ciofalo.
Associate Set Designer:
James Page.
Sound Engineer:
Jeffrey Yue.
Josh Chai, Kailash.
Stage Team:
Cody Chen, Jed Lim.
Helen Tay, Valerie Sim.
Promotion & Publicity:
Malvina Tan.
Associate Electronic Composer:
Shinya Watanabe.

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