Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2015 returns with a bigger line-up to reach out to a wider audience


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This year’s Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) returns with a bigger programme and is set to reach out to a wider cross-section of people in Singapore! OPW team will be covering some of the productions, please stay tuned to our website. 

There are close to 65 events and shows lined up across SIFA and the pre-festival of ideas, public engagement initiative, The O.P.E.N. and the newest addition to the Festival, the SIFA Network, a network of informal venues around the island. These comprise 12 Singapore commissions, international performances, a dance festival within SIFA itself, films, talks, concerts and exhibitions, as well as an augmented reality tour of the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. 

SIFA 2015, curated by Festival Director Ong Keng Sen around the theme of POST-Empires, will position us to look at the things of the past differently and to draw elements out of the ‘archival boxes’ of our lives to inspire us to chart our own independent pathways as we move into the future. 

Visitors to Singapore International Festival of Arts can look forward to the new commissions include a Mandarin production, Nanyang – The Musical; Returning, a new collaboration helmed by iconic choreographer, Goh Lay Kuan; Versus, a ferocious theatre production by Cake Theatre; Hotel, an immersive and multi-generational epic by Wild Rice; Smriti Padha (Memory Route) by Santha Bhaskar in collaboration with top Kerala dancers and her Arts Academy; The Incredible Adventures of Border Crossers by Ong Keng Sen and creative industry collaborators; a new work by Drama Box around the Bukit Brown Cemetery and Cabinet of Curiosities, by queen of the toy piano, Margaret Leng Tan; while the T’ang Quartet presents a musical odyssey of three concerts. Beijing Director, Wang Chong directs the fresh students of LASALLE Performing Arts Faculty in an ambitious production as part of SIFA’s aim to bring international top artists to collaborate with students from Singapore art schools.

All shows in the international line-up will be marking their Asian debut at both SIFA 2015 and The O.P.E.N. These include the Dance Marathon – OPEN WITH A PUNK SPIRIT!, a contemporary Aboriginal jazz concert, Taiwan new wave theatre, a focus on South America:  Teatro La Re-sentida, one of Chile’s hottest theatre groups with The Imagination of the Future and Brazilian Cristian Duarte, dancer extraordinaire as he emulates The Hot One Hundred Choreographers.  Among the biggest stars are Proton Theatre from Hungary directed by renown film director Kornel Mundruczo who presents a visceral performance about the endgame of human life in Dementia; spectacular French installation artist, Daniel Buren presents Cabanons, a cutting-edge circus performance in an art-installation stage; and acclaimed baritone, Matthias Goerne performs Schubert’s song cycle, Winterreise, against a backdrop of animated images by a renowned South African artist, William Kentridge.

The O.P.E.N will take place from 17 June to 4 July, while SIFA takes place from 6 August to 20 September. Early bird tickets will be on sale at all SISTIC outlets from 8 April to 10 May! To get the tickets, please go HERE.

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