Singapore International Festival of Arts
May 14 - May 30
Singapore’s annual performing arts festival returns this year with more than 60 live and online shows by local and international artists. It is a direct response to, and an accommodation of the challenges arising from the reality of Covid.
200 artists from 14 countries participating in more than 100 programmes explore 3D, interactive and responsive technologies, streaming, safe management measures and experiments between art and technology.
Featured this year are concerts, onstage collaborations, adaptations, puppetry, an outdoor virtual-reality experience, films, talks, workshops and seminars.
“This festival has been programmed as a response to everything we’ve been through in the environment we live in now.”
– Gaurav Kriplani, Festival Director
- Headline commissions include a modern adaptation (reflecting today’s times) of Anton Chekov’s Three Sisters by Singapore’s Nine Years Theatre (performing onstage in Singapore) and Siti Company from New York (appearing digitally).
- The Singapore Dance Theatre and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra perform together live for the first time @ the Esplanade with The Rhythm of Us, a three-part dance/music production. One of the choreographers worked with the dancers remotely through Zoom video sessions.
- The Invisible Opera has musician Sophia Brous interacting live from Melbourne with audiences in a city square in Singapore.
- In Oiwa-The Ghost of Yotsuya by The Finger Players, Singaporean and Japanese actors perform as puppets as well as puppeteers.
- Cold Blood is a surreal Belgian performance that features dancing hands on a miniaturised stage.
- Buddha Passion, a six-act opera in Mandarin and Sanskrit, captures the ancient narratives of Buddhist teaching.
- Ensemble Intercontemporain—The Wind Quartet fuses contemporary video, lighting and visual arts with a traditional orchestra performance.
- Musical Swings invites visitors of all ages to collaborate in music-making. The installation comprised ten swings that mimic instruments like the harp, guitar and piano.
” … a festival of hope, a signal for how art can help in the recovery of our society by bringing people together in theatres, concert halls as well as the virtual halls of the digital realm. It is a beacon for the new worlds of artistic presentation that are being forged by artists here and abroad in the wake of the pandemic.”
Tan Boon Hui, Executive Director, Arts House Limited
Multiple venues – from the stages and performance spaces of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Victoria Theatre to the green lawns of Gardens by the Bay and Cathay Green Orchard.
Most of the programmes will be available from 5th to 12th June via video on demand.
Information collated from The Straits Times, VisitSingapore & SIFA.