SIFA 2021

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Three Sisters 三姐妹

Nine Years Theatre (Singapore) and SITI Company (USA)

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  • SIFA On Demand:
    5 June - 20 June

    20 May, Thurs, 8pm
    21 May, Fri, 8pm
    22 May, Sat, 8pm
  • SIFA On Demand:
    5 June - 20 June

    Creative Captioning (English and Chinese) is available for SIFA On Demand.

  • $48, $58*, $68
    *Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors
    Limited student tickets at $10

    Tote Board Arts Grant
    All Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges / Centralised Institute & ITEs may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the programme cost. Special Education Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 70% of the programme cost.

  • All Access - Bundle of 17
    Programmes Included
    1. The Commission
    2. A Dream Under the Southern Bough: Existence 《南柯一梦》之辱梦
    3. A Song for Louis
    4. OIWA - The Ghost of Yotsuya
    5. The Year of No Return
    6. Three Sisters 三姐妹
    7. The Rhythm of Us
    8. _T0701_
    9. Be Comforted Now: Bach Cantatas
    10. Before Life and After
    11. Echoes of Fire and Water
    12. Healing Rhapsody
    13. Ghosts of Yesteryear

    *Bundle of 12 includes the 4 titles within SIFA on Demand: SIFA v2.020:
    1. The Wandering
    2. Sound Social - Planeswalker
    3. Sound Social - Zul Mahmod
    4. Sound Social - weish x Gabriel Loh

    • 2h, no intermission

    • Rating: General

      No admission for infants-in-arms
      Admission for audience age 7 years and above

    • Performed in English and Mandarin with English and Chinese surtitles

  • Important Information for attendees of the live performance

    Measures will be taken to ensure the health and safety of all patrons.

    This includes but not limited to wearing a mask at all times for both staff and patrons, hand sanitization before and after performance, temperature taking,TraceTogether check-in and observance of social distancing around the theatre.

    Failure to comply will result in refusal of entry into the venue. Please note that admission into the venue requires TraceTogether (TT). Do download the TT app on your mobile and set it up beforehand, or bring along your TT token for check-in at the venue. No other check-in modes will be accepted. We regret that patrons without TT at the entrances will be denied entry.

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Three Sisters 三姐妹

Nine Years Theatre (Singapore) and SITI Company (USA)

The award-winning ensembles of Singapore’s Nine Years Theatre and the SITI Company from New York join hands to present this hybrid retelling of Anton Chekhov’s classic play Three Sisters. 

Three Sisters, by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, stands as one of the most outstanding plays of his career. Olga, Masha, and Irina – the titular sisters - fritter away their lives in a provincial town, while they dream of returning to the cosmopolitan city where they grew up.   

Chronicling their tangled relationships, ordinary frustrations and search for meaning, the play opens a moving window into the human condition, and reveals Chekhov’s profound understanding of universal themes.   

In this new hybrid work co-created by Singapore Mandarin theatre company Nine Years Theatre (NYT) and the SITI Company from New York, this classic play is re-imagined as a memory-scape of Irina, the youngest sister. The NYT actors will be performing alongside cinematic projections of SITI Company actors that allude to visual memories in the mind. The heart-wrenching story is then told through a juxtaposition of live bodies and virtual presence, heightening the tragi-comedic sentiments of these Chekhovian characters in an absurd world. 

Don’t miss this version of Three Sisters that brings together the creativity of the two companies to share a timeless story, in a way that is also a quirky response to the current global unnormal. 



《三姐妹》是俄作家契柯夫最杰出的作之一,故事围绕住在一个小省城里的三姐妹 -- 加、莎和伊琳娜。她各有憧憬却没有实际,只能盼望着能重返承了童年美好回的莫斯科,最在空想中虚度了生命。 




Watch our trailer with the Directors of Three Sisters to find out more about the work

Watch our video with the creators of Three Sisters, as they share insights into their approach to creating SIFA 2021's Festival Commission amidst challenging times.

Watch our video interview with one of the Artistic Directors of SITI Company, Anne Bogart:

To discover more about Nine Years Theatre, click here

Find out more about the SITI Company of NYC here.

Toy Factory Productions TOY肥料厂 (Singapore)

Planeswalker, Zul Mahmod & weish x Marc Gabriel Loh (Singapore)

Curated by Asian Film Archive
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