The O.P.E.N. 2016 – One Pass To See It All

The O.P.E.N. 2016 by Singapore International Festival of Arts grants visitors access to more than 40 arts programmes over 18 days – for only S$45.

There was an article published in The Straits Times last Monday titled Growing pains for Singapore art market. It is really not easy at all to be an artist or an art practitioner in Singapore when her arts climate is… not the most ideal, let’s put it that way. This also gives me a greater appreciation for the good work that the various art establishments are doing to boost the local arts scene.

Speaking of which, The O.P.E.N is back! The O.P.E.N. is Singapore International Festival of Arts‘s pre-festival of ideas to get people talking about the festival’s themes and issues before the main event that is SIFA (taking place from 11 August to 17 September 2016).  The O.P.E.N. was initiated by SIFA festival director Ong Keng Sen when he took over the reins of SIFA back in 2011 – thank you good sir.

After past themes like 2014’s Legacy and the Expanded Classic which looks at the past and 2015’s POST-Empires which looks at the present, this year’s The O.P.E.N. (and SIFA) will come full circle with the theme ‘Potentialities’ – looking into the future. This year’s pre-festival not only celebrates change agents from around the world, but also nudges and reminds visitors that we as individuals also have the same potentiality to be change-makers.

The O.P.E.N will take place from 22 June to 9 July 2016 and once again, for a flat rate of $45 entitles visitors to all of its programmes over 18 days (concession and single entry passes are also available). I’m really excited! Here are my top 10 picks for this year’s The O.P.E.N. RW

For more information on The O.P.E.N. click here. To buy your The O.P.E.N. pass, click here.

Editor’s note: Programmes’ descriptions and photos by SIFA. The theme ‘Potentialities’ was previously written as ‘Potentiality’. The error has since been corrected.

1. I Know Why The Rebel Sings

22 June, 7pm – 10pm (Opening day)
23 June through 9 July, Tue – Sat: 11am – 10pm ; Sun: 11am – 6pm; Closed on Mondays

Venue: 72-13

PHOTO & VIDEO EXHIBITION: I Know Why The Rebel Sings strikingly highlights the impressive range of Iranian photojournalist Newsha Tavakolian. Comprising photographs from her previous series, “Look”, “Listen” and “The Blank Pages Of An Iranian Photo Album”, this comprehensive showcase includes previously unexhibited images of humanitarian tragedies around the world. It highlights the continuum in Tavakolian’s oeuvre, from art to photojournalism. With a focus on the portrait, these two genres are scintillatingly in conversation in her work.

Tavakolian’s talent for making the inner worlds of her subjects come alive is seen in her “Look” series. It captures the people in her building, each individual framed by a window and the detritus of everyday living. Her work refuses to fall into the clichés of expressing Iran today. Instead she gives complexity to these ordinary lives without resorting to narratives of oppression and freedom. This theme is continued in “The Blank Pages Of An Iranian Photo Album”, in which she follows her peers through video portraits and photo albums from their daily lives.

2. Remember 30 Years To Live 65 Minutes

SEO

30 June, 8pm (1hr 30mins, no intermission)

Venue: Drama Centre Black Box

PERFORMANCE: As an artist, how much of your life are you willing to share with your audience? “For eight years I’ve been trying to finish this play,” Marina Otero states. “This is yet another sketch of that incomplete, endless play. It’s made with parts of an old play, confused memories, past lovers and other things I already killed. I now open the doors to show those misplaced secrets, the archived documents, stolen pictures, and my first 30 years reassembled.” See Otero as a child, a teenager, a woman. See her as a daughter, a sister, a girlfriend. Then – a dancer, an actress, a playwright. Yet the query is posed, haunting, teasing: how much did she remember and how much did she invent? Weigh those questions against the undeniable honesty in Remember 30 Years To Live 65 Minutes. Otero’s mashup performance reveals a woman stripped bare, dealing with raw emotions, fighting her demons and struggling to find meaning in this affecting play about her own life.

3. Archaeology of the Final Decade

28 June, 7.30pm (1hr 15mins (inclusive of Q&A))

Venue: 72-13

LECTURE: What is the potentiality of archives for the future? Explore Iran’s rich yet lesser-known artistic past with London-based curator Vali Mahlouji, who is a writer and adviser to the British Museum. Mahlouji founded Archaeology Of The Final Decade, a curatorial and research platform that brings back to life art and culture buried under revolution and social change.

In this enlightening lecture, Mahlouji explores Iran’s cultural legacies now lost by the chaos of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. With meticulous passion and investigative energy, he dissects these ideas through the use of two cultural reference points. The first is Iran’s “Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis” that ran from 1967 to 1977, a theatre, dance and music showcase with a unique focus on Asia and Africa. Black-and-white snapshots of this arts and cultural extravaganza reveal a rich diversity and cosmopolitan sophistication not often associated with the country. The second is the seminal photographic series, “Prostitute”, by Iranian photographer Kaveh Golestan. These haunting images of women from the red-light ghetto of Citadel of Shahr-e No represent an underbelly deliberately annihilated. The Citadel went up in flames as the revolution unfolded. Many survivors were imprisoned or culturally ‘reformed’; some were sentenced to death. What are the lasting ramifications when huge chunks of cultural memory are brutally erased?

What is the best way to reintroduce lost objects into the public domain, stimulate healthy discourse and encourage reconciliation? Join Mahlouji as he confronts these thorny issues of memory, history and reintegration that have lasting resonance for us all.

4. Riding On A Cloud

SEO

23 June, 8pm

Venue: 72-13 (1h 05min, no intermission)

PERFORMANCE: The brilliant performance auteur Rabih Mroué’s younger brother was shot in Beirut in 1987, as the Lebanese civil war was winding down. Although the 17-year-old Yasser did not die, the sniper’s bullet pierced his skull and caused partial paralysis and aphasia – the loss of the ability to understand and express speech.

It was this seminal moment that gave birth to Riding On A Cloud so many years later. This mixed-media theatre piece blurs the line between fact and fiction, reality and imagination, truth and subjective perspective, especially with Yasser himself at the centre as the sole performer.

Yasser as victim in a political struggle that riveted the world for decades, Yasser as actor in a fictionalised narrative, Yasser as a character invented by Mroué’s imagination, Yasser as victor in his struggle with language and meaning.

Through the flickering images on stage, the video clips and disjointed fragments of music, Mroué plumbs depth and meaning in shifting narratives, explores possibilities for a post-war Lebanon and, more universally, strikes the chords of memory, representation and the elusive search for truth in all of us.

5. Ibsen: Ghosts

SEO

8 July, 8pm

Venue: SOTA Studio Theatre (1hr 40min, no intermission)

PERFORMANCE: In Henrik Ibsen’s original “Ghosts”, the character Oswald asks his mother to help him commit suicide. It is this theme that German theatre collective Markus&Markus have chosen to focus on in their version of Ibsen: Ghosts. But don’t expect to see any acting. “We don’t want to see any more actors who pretend they want to die. So we cast a person who really wants to die as our Oswald,” explained the boundary-pushing group. With their radical political performances dissolving the lines between the stage and real life, this theatre company has been one to watch in Europe since 2011.

Markus&Markus find their own “Oswald” in 81-year-old Margot. She travels to Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal, to die on her own terms. They first meet her in April 2014, spending almost every day of the month with her. On May 1, they accompany her to an euthanasia organisation; they attend her funeral on May 22.

In Ibsen: Ghosts, Markus&Markus reanimate their deceased protagonist through videos, photos and letters. The work is a gut-wrenching and poignant reflection on life’s meaning. Does faithful documentation and ritual celebration of someone’s life ensure a kind of immortality? Maybe. As Margot says: “As long as my story is being told, I am not really dead.”

6. Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)

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2 July3pm (Part 1) & 6pm (Part 2)

Venue: The Projector (334 min)

FILM: Iraqi filmmaker Abbas Fahdel’s Homeland is a richly detailed, unsentimental and yet, unexpectedly cheerful depiction of the everyday hardships in his own family over the one-and-a-half years before and after the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq.Before The Fall (Part 1) focuses on a group of Iraqis, mostly members of Fahdel’s own family, on their fears and expectations of the coming war. After The Battle (Part 2) picks up after the American invasion and shows its harrowing consequences on the characters. Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) won the Grand Prize at the Visions du Réel festival and Montreal International Documentary Festival, as well as the Award of Excellence and Citizens’ Prize at Yamagata International Documentary Festival.

7. A Syrian Love Story

SEO

1 July, 7.30pm

Venue: The Projector (76min)

FILM: Amer and Raghda met 15 years ago in a Syrian prison. They fell in love and, when released, got married. A Syrian Love Story tells the poignant tale of their family torn apart by the Syrian War. When British director Sean McAllister first meets them in 2009, Raghda is back in prison, leaving Amer to look after their four boys alone. But as the Arab Spring sweeps the region, their fate shifts irrevocably. Filmed over five years, the film charts their incredible odyssey to freedom. McAllister (“Liberace Of Baghdad”) received the Grand Jury prize at last year’s Sheffield Documentary Festival for this “Bergmanesque portrait of a relationship and love”.

8. Embrace Of The Serpent

SEO

3 July, 5pm

Venue: The Projector (123min)

FILM: Karamakate, a powerful Amazonian shaman, dwells in the jungle alone. Decades of solitude have turned him into a chullachaqui, an empty shell of a human, devoid of memories and emotion. His hollow life is shaken with the arrival of Evan, an American ethnobotanist searching for the sacred plant Yakruna, capable of teaching people how to dream. Together they embark on a journey into the Amazon in which past, present and future are intertwined, and in which Karamakate will begin to regain his lost memories. Since receiving the top Directors’ Fortnight prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Embrace Of The Serpent has continued to win acclaim, including an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film this year.

9. Invisible (Imbisibol)

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6 July, 7.30pm

Venue: The Projector (132min)

This heart-wrenching film weaves together stories about undocumented Filipino workers supporting themselves and their loved ones in the Philippines with under-the-counter work in Japan. Middle-aged lovers Benjie and Edward fall for each other in Japan, but keep their love secret from their families. Ageing gigolo Manuel finds it difficult to make ends meet. The saintly Linda lives in Japan legally, but fights with her Japanese husband because she rents rooms to undocumented Filipinos.Imbisibol is directed by rising talent Lawrence Fajardo and produced by Cannes award-winning filmmaker Brillante Mendoza. It has swept seven awards, including prizes for Best Film and Best Director, at Sinag Maynila Film Festival before premiering at Toronto International Film Festival last year.

10. The Bacchus Lady

SEO

7 July, 7.30pm

VENUE: The Projector (110min)

Feisty 65-year-old So-young is a prostitute who approaches clients with Bacchus, a popular Korean energy drink and the offer of sex. With no savings or family, So-young is one of South Korea’s ‘Bacchus ladies’ – older women in South Korea who turn tricks to make a living. She meets little Min-ho and takes him in when his mother is detained by the police. The boy, who speaks only Tagalog, becomes kin to her, motivating her to work harder. When her disillusioned clients ask her for one last favour, So-young must decide whether she will help them. Never sordid or gratuitous, The Bacchus Lady tells a warm and humorous tale of South Korea’s controversial problem of senior prostitution.

SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS 2016
The O.P.E.N

Multiple Locations

Opens 22 June to 9 July 2016

A pre-festival of ideas, The O.P.E.N. is a public engagement initiative from the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) that offers 18 days of exploration. It raises fascinating questions and offers eye-opening insights about our world and humanity.

The O.P.E.N. connects you with SIFA four weeks before the opening of the Festival. It directs you to consider a breadth of issues and perspectives inspired by SIFA’s annual festival theme. Styled as a popular academy, it presents a curated selection of events through diverse platforms.

Ticket Pricing: $10 (Single entry), $25 (Concession pass), $45 (All programmes pass)

Web Link: The O.P.E.N.

[VISIT] Singapore Night Festival 2015: Be Spellbound By Local and International Acts

Ready your caffeine and Red Bulls because the Singapore Night Festival is back!

DATE:
Friday 21 & Saturday 22 August 2015

Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August 2015

PLACE & TIME:
7pm to 2am Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct

If you’re not a crowds kind of person, it would be best to avoid Bras Basah this Friday and Saturday, and the next Friday and Saturday as well. But if you don’t want to miss out on all the action, head out. Coinciding with Singapore’s Jubilee month, Singapore Night Festival is back to delight all with their ‘iconic alternative night-time extravaganza of spectacular performances and light art installations’ in the heart of the city.

This year’s festival promises an festival experience like no other with crowd-pulling acts like Alchemy and Garden of Angels. Visit specially commissioned light projection and installations (The Annoki Celebrate Singapore, The Garden of Fire and Light and Hanami) or catch our very own drag queen Kumar and Becca D’Bus in action. Running out of steam? Catch a breather and a performance or two at the Singapore Night Festival Village.

I think running a festival of this scale in the city center is an incredible feat in itself, and a very big win for Singapore’s art scene. ‘Singapore has a vibrant arts community‘ says the Government, these words can be difficult to grasp by the locals but Singapore Night Festival presents all with an opportunity to get acquainted with the arts through critically acclaimed local and international acts.

If you attended last year’s festival, I found it rather endearing to watch William Close’s ‘Earth Harp’ performance together with everyone else. Despite perspiring due to the heat and being in close proximity with thousands of audiences, it’s not everyday that you get to enjoy free international performances with your fellow locals and foreigners altogether.

Sleep can wait for these four nights. I will see you at the Singapore Night Festival! RW

My Top Picks for the Festival

Photos and information from Singapore Night Festival. For more information, visit Singapore Night Festival official webpage.

GARDEN OF ANGELS | THEATER TOL (BELGIUM)

Armenian Street (Free)
Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August 2015
8pm (Parade duration: 30 min)

National Museum of Singapore, Front Lawn (Free)
28 & Saturday 29 August 2015
9pm, 11pm (Performance duration: 25 min)

Inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall, Theater Tol’s latest performance merges the realms of nature, people and fantasy into one. A vibrant parade starting from Armenian Street brings to life a surreal world of dancers, musicians, dancing flowers and animals that take to the streets and enliven with revelry. The parade culminates at the National Museum of Singapore, with a spectacular aerial carousel of angels descending from the heavens and showering gifts over everyone.

ALCHEMY | STARLIGHT ALCHEMY (SINGAPORE)

Singapore Art Museum, Front Lawn (Free)
Friday 21 & Saturday 22 August 2015
8pm, 9:30pm, 11pm (Duration: 25 min)

Don’t miss the heart thumping journey of reconciliation between Apollo, from the world of Ethereal Light and Nuri, from the world of Eternal Flame, told through three 25 minute segments during the night. Be mesmerized by Starlight Alchemy’s spectacular showcase of its multi-disciplinary flow arts, combining a variety of aerial and large custom-made fire props, and LED technology performance props.

KUMAR’S CABARET – QUEEN OF GLAMOUR | BY KUMAR (SINGAPORE)

House of Glamour, Opposite Cathay ($15)
Friday 21, Saturday 22, Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August 2015
10pm – 10.45pm

Kumar is probably Singapore’s most famous stand-up comedian and drag queen. Having spent nearly two decades as an entertainer, he has amassed a string of television, stage, and film credits. For the House of Glamour at the Singapore Night Festival, Kumar will bring glitz and glamour to the stage with his dazzling outfits and back-up dancers. Get ready for Kumar’s brand of zappy humour that will leave you in stitches.

BETWEEN YOU & ME (A JOURNEY IN THREE PARTS)

The Substation, Random Room
Friday 21 and Saturday 22 August 2015
7.30 – 11.00pm

This interactive performance is a look at our journey through life using the story of Charon, the ferryman of Hades. It is a series of one-to-one encounters, including one with real-life taxi driver Tony the Cowboy. During this time, participants will visit Waiting Room (The Substation, Random Room), The Taxi (a taxi), and the Spacious Room (The Substation, Classroom 1).

RIOT! | BECCA D’BUS (SINGAPORE)

House of Glamour, Opposite Cathay ($15)
Friday 28 & 29 August 2015
1am

When you let drag queens create exactly the show they want to create, what do you get? World peace? Aim lower. A lot lower. A drag revue boiling over with passion, and inciting the basest instincts, RIOT! sits at the junction of opulence and poor taste, high jinx and low morals, deep belly laughs and the shallowest of vanity. It’s a very good time, with very bad girls.

FAT KIDS ARE HARDER TO KIDNAP | HOW DRAMA (SINGAPORE)

House of Glamour, Opposite Cathay ($15)
Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August 2015
11.30pm

Just back from our exciting performance in the United States, Fat Kids Are Harder To Kidnap is returning to the Night Festival and all set to entertain audiences with some news plays and some of our familiar favourites. We will try to fit 20 plays in 30 minutes, but as usual, you decide the order!

SINGAPORE NIGHT FESTIVAL VILLAGE

SMU Green
Friday 21, Saturday 22, Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August 2015
7pm – 2am

The Singapore Night Festival Village returns bigger and better than before! Located at the Singapore Management University Green, this year the Festival Village shines the limelight on our own local busking heroes. Catch musical buskers such as The Lost Hat, The Glad Stones, HubbaBubbas, The Lorong Boys and popular Malay singer-songwriter Awi Rafael, as they strut their stuff on the Festival Village stage. Indulge in specially curated epicurean and shopping experiences, and also catch film screenings and sensational dance and performances, right here at the Festival Village!

NIGHT LIGHTS

Various locations
Friday 21, Saturday 22, Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August 2015 7:30pm – 2am
Sunday 23 – Thursday 27 August 2015 | 7.30pm – 11pm

Embark on a nocturnal adventure of discovery with light installations that will challenge your perception of reality with Night Lights, an eagerly anticipated annual fixture of the Singapore Night Festival.

THE ANOOKI CELEBRATE SINGAPORE | DAVID PASSEGAND & MOETU BATLLE (FRANCE)

National Museum of Singapore, Façade

The world’s smallest Inuits, the Anooki are here to spread joy and a contagiously upbeat mood in the Lion City. Watch them come alive and run riot as they explore and Page 8 of 12 climb all over the façade of the National Museum and get ready to dance and sing along to their irresistible tune.

THE GARDEN OF FIRE AND LIGHT | STARLIGHT ALCHEMY (SINGAPORE)

Singapore Art Museum, Front Lawn

During Starlight Alchemy’s fiery performance, three fire and light art installations will take shape and will remain for viewing throughout the Night Festival. Titled the Net, the Helix and the Garden, these are Starlight Alchemy first-ever installations and signal the group’s departure from the ephemeral medium of performance to that of visual art. Don’t miss these installations when they come alive each night with fire and light.

HANAMI | CIE MASTOC PRODUCTION (FRANCE)

Armenian Church

This light installation is inspired by Hanami, the Japanese tradition of celebrating the transient beauty of cherry blossoms each spring. Stroll down a path dotted with miniature cherry trees adorned with shimmering chandeliers that create a sparkling constellation of lights.

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Various locations along Dhoby Ghaut through to City Hall

Opens 21 to 29 August 2015

Two weekends in late August, the Singapore Night Festival will take place at various locations throughout cultural venues such as the National Museum of Singapore, the Peranakan Museum and the Singapore Art Museum. The event is a nocturnal extravaganza with a spectacular interactive light performances and installations. There will also be dance, music and installation artworks by local talents.

Ticket Pricing: Free / Varies 

Singapore International Festival of Arts: Pushing Boundaries and Questioning Relativity

After last year’s highly successful festival, SIFA is back featuring works by 12 of Singapore’s finest award-winning artists.

I love Augusts. It’s one of the best times of the year (after Christmas). Singapore celebrates her birthday in August (yay to holidays!), there are plenty of ‘national day’ deals islandwide, and there’s the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA). From 6 August to 19 September, the public will get to watch and participate in as many as 65 free and paid SIFA shows.

For those who aren’t in the know, SIFA isn’t some ‘new kid on the block’. Rebranded as SIFA last year, the festival was previously known as the Singapore Arts Festival which really began as early as 1977. Singapore Arts Festival also brought to us highly acclaimed international acts like 2008’s opening show; Water Fools performed in the Singapore River by French group Ilotopie, and 2011’s opening show and by far Singapore’s largest outdoor theatre; When the Gray Taiwanese Cow Stretched by Ishinha (which also happens to be one of my first encounters with highly-artistic performative art shows).

Today, SIFA continues to be one of the most-important, if not the gold-standard for arts festivals in the region. One of the best part about SIFA is; it always sought to bring in international acts to cultivate and enrich Singapore’s art scene. SIFA also provides a platform for local budding artists to experiment and create multi-disciplinary and cross-genre works – works that may not be commercial sellouts but one that pushes boundaries and challenges perspectives to traditional mindsets.

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This year’s theme is titled POST-Empires, and is curated by festival director and 2003 Cultural Medallion recipient, Ong Keng Sen. Coincidentally running in sync with the theme of Singapore Art Museum’s latest exhibition After Utopia, the festival looks at life after colonial regimes, and increased globalisation across countries and cultures.

After colonial regimes, after dictatorship, after communism, we witness a globalisation of life. What comes after the Empires from which we have emerged? How do we live with the global networks and monopolies of power which define the age we live in?… Can we rewrite the History that has been written for us? – SIFA

Mark down your calendars! Whether you’re just an ordinary Singaporean wanting to find out more about the arts, or a serious arts hobbyists looking to be awed, there’s something for everyone at SIFA. RW

My Top Three Picks

NANYANG, The Musical

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It’s Singapore’s 50th Golden Jubilee. So it’s forgiveable that we entertain a third production that’s have anything to do with Singapore (after the mega-disappointing Singapura: The Musical and the theatrical spectacular The LKY Musical).

Different from the other musicals, NANYANG, The Musical looks into the ancestry of the Chinese disapora through the eyes of painter Chen Kang prior to their resettling in Singapore. Kang is an up-and-coming painter who has had to uproot himself from his motherland for reasons of career development and impending wars.

Infusing experimental mix of style and techniques from Chinese pictorial traditions and the School of Paris (Singapore Infopedia, 2009), the 南洋 or ‘Nanyang’ style – directly translated as the Southern Seas and referred to the entire South China Sea region – unique to the region was born, with Singapore and Malaysia being right at the heart of it all.

Perhaps using the allegory of Nanyang style as a metaphor of sorts on the Chinese diaspora in Singapore, NANYANG, The Musical will be instrumental in filling in the untold stories of our Chinese ancestors who merge different cultures to form a unique ‘Singaporean’ style. The musical will be performed in Chinese and surtitled in English.

Date: 6 to 8 August 2015

Venue: Drama Centre Theatre

Web Link: NANYANG, The Musical

Ticket Pricing: $25 – $75

Dementia

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Dementia is real. And it is plain scary, considering for fact that dementia affects one in 14 people over the age of 65 and one in six over the age of 80 (Alzhemier’s Society, n.d.).

Dementia is set in post-socialist Hungary, a world-famous psychiatric hospital is on the brink of being shut down. Only a handful of patients are left vegetating on the fourth floor, abandoned in the empire of amnesia. Directed by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó, the show throws in some often-ignored big questions like “What benefit can society ever hope to reap from prolonging the lives of mental patients?”, or “What is the point of helping those who are suffering – specifically those who are not even cognisant of their own state – and numbing them even further with modern medicine?”

Hitting hard back home, the show challenges us to define our moral standpoint on how we should treat people suffering from dementia, and resulting actions that follow. I can’t help but think that exploring this theme will open up a can of worms and pandora’s box because tackling this theme could very well spill over to readdressing the issue of euthanasia and other related moral dilemmas.

Personally, dementia is a topic that is very close to my heart since my paternal grandmother also suffers from dementia. I am really looking forward to watching Dementia. Dementia will be performed in Hungarian and surtitled in English.

Date: 13 to 15 August 2015

Venue: Victoria Theatre

Web Link: Dementia

Ticket Pricing: $30 – $60

Six Characters In Search Of An Author

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All lit lovers would know or have at least heard of Luigi Pirandello’s 1921 play, Six Characters in Search of an Author. The chaotic and metaphysical play takes an unadulterated look at the relationship between theatre practitioners, actors and their characters.

A dysfunctional family of six bursts into a rehearsal at a theatre with a curious claim: they are characters who have abandoned their author and are looking for someone who can complete their story. Intrigued, the director agrees to help. Along the way, everyone’s roles come into question. Who’s the actor and who’s the spectator now? Who’s the author? What’s real and what’s not?

Performed in French and surtitled in English, Six Characters in Search of an Author is one of the most famous theatre show in Europe which also won Pirandello a 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature. It will be interesting to see how us Asians comprehend and react to this rather unconventional and absurd play.

Date: 10 to 12 September 2015

Venue: Victoria Theatre

Web Link: Six Characters In Search Of An Author

Ticket Pricing: $25 – $75

Other Shows to Look Out For:

HOTEL

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W!LD RICE productions are always very warmly received and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t – with the likes of Ivan Heng, Glen Goei, Alfian Sa’at and their crazily-talented cast on board. HOTEL contrasts the intersecting dialogues between past hotel guests back in the days of colonnial rule, and present hotel guests in Singapore long since the British Empire has ceased to exist. HOTEL will be performed in English, Malay, Tamil, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien and Japanese.

Details: HOTEL

Versus

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Born from the desire to chart humanity’s passage from the beginning to its present state, Versus is a ferocious performance about our existence amidst all the wars we wage. We have learnt our lesson, or have we? Exploring the themes of war and humanity, Versus seems set to challenge our perspectives and blow our mind.

Details: Versus

Kumar’s Living Together

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Funny man Kumar is back! Kumar’s Living Together is a series of live stand-up comedy performances rooted in Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-national housing landscape. Fronted by the witty and biting Kumar, these performances delve into issues that affect Singaporeans in the most personal and intimate of settings – their own homes.

Details: Kumar’s Living Together

Discounts

DANCE MARATHON BUNDLE (Till 5 September 2015)
30% off ticket purchases
Valid with a minimum purchase of 4 SIFA productions and 2 Dance Marathon productions.

PUNK BUNDLE (Till 5 September 2015)
30% off ticket purchases
Valid with a minimum purchase of 5 Dance Marathon productions.

SIFA BUNDLE (From 11 May 2015)
15% off ticket purchases
Valid with a minimum purchase of 4 SIFA productions

Singapore International Festival of Arts

Opens 6 August to 19 September 2015

The Singapore International Festival of Arts pushes artistic boundaries through strength, vision and courage to present quality performances that mark it as the pinnacle arts event in Singapore. Located and created with Singaporeans, with a strong global connection and image.

Web Link: Singapore International Festival of Arts