Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA)
May 15, 2019 - May 31, 2020
Festivals bring people together to celebrate causes or to mark momentous occasions. Arts festivals allow us to not only appreciate the arts, they allow us to experience and form lasting and transformative memories. It is through shared experiences that we come to form communities.
– Sarah Martin, CEO, Arts House Limited
SIFA presents captivating and diverse works across theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts. It champions the creation and presentation of Singaporean and international works through artists talks, workshops, discussion, performances … creating unique experiences and inspiring artistic encounters.
Grammy and Academy award-winning composer, Tan Dun, opens SIFA 2020 with his majestic six-act oratorio, Buddha Passion, conducting the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), a 100 strong chorus from Internationale Chorakademie Lübeck and the Singapore Symphony Chorus.
Korean artist Park Minhee offers a radical interpretation of gagok, a form of traditional Korean music, where each audience member will get to experience the performance individually.
As the World Tipped (@The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay), is a spectacular piece of outdoor aerial theatre that addresses the issue of climate change, with performers acting out a real life disaster movie in the sky. Perfect for the entire family.
Another outdoor experience is Musical Swings, a free installation at Cathay Green.
Apart from performances and installations, talks, workshops and discussions offer unique experiences and inspiring artistic encounters.
At SIFA 2020, The Arts House will (once again) be transformed into the Festival House.
A 24 Decade history of Popular Music, a dazzling collage of blinged-out glamour by American artist Taylor Mac, is performance art, drag spectacle, music history, queer theory and social commentary.
100% Singapore features 100 Singaporeans in an intriguing grassroots-level production workshopped by Berlin-based performance group Rimini Protokoll. One local is invited to take part, he or she recommends another, and so on till 100 people become impromptu performers sharing opinions and anecdotes.
Ensemble Intercontemporain is a French wind quintet, considered one of the world’s leading contemporary music groups, performing a programme of 20th century music.
Queen Blood features seven women dancing their life stories, set to heart-throbbing soundtrack of Afro house, an energetic mash-up of hip-hop dance battles and precision corps de ballet ensemble work.
Images from the SIFA website, programme details from The Straits Times.