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INTRODUCTION

International

HUMANS 2.0

HOUSE PROGRAMME

by Circa (AU)


3 Jun
Sat, 8pm

4 Jun
Sun, 3pm

Esplanade Theatre

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Photo Credit: David Kelly

Message from Chairman

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2023. A festival is a space where some people gather to immerse and engage in works of creativity and imagination. It is in this spirit that SIFA 2023 presents a range of works that compel us to contemplate our diversity and uniqueness as people existing in common spaces together.

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Wilson Tan

MESSAGE FROM FD

MESSAGE FROM THE FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

This edition’s title SIFA 2023 The Anatomy of Performance: Some People engages with the idea that the human experience exists on a spectrum. We are the sum of all the narratives that chapter and alter our lives; each trial and transformation, what our ancestors and communities have had to struggle through, our experiences as children and adults, things inherited and circumstances imposed on our lives shape how we move through life and experience the world.
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Natalie Hennedige

Message from CIRCA

Message from CIRCA

The amount of actual stuff in a human is miniscule. We are made up of distantly spaced atoms, each of which is almost all empty space. If we remove all the empty spaces, the amount of stuff in each of us is roughly a small speck of dust. That is all the matter we are. The physical space we occupy beyond that – our form, our force, our dreams, hopes, aspirations and fears – is created by energy. It might be more apposite to think about us as energy fields very sporadically interspersed with a tiny amount of stuff. We are galaxies, constellations of energies, not lumps of humanness. If you want to seriously challenge our Ptolemaic sensibilities, let’s add to this that no more than 10% of the cells in our bodies are actually human. We are mostly empty space, connected by energy, and the matter we are made up of is significantly not made of us!

So instead let’s see ourselves as a hurly-burly of energy, a glorious soup of possibility. Let’s think of ‘human’ not as a noun but rather as a kind of verb.

Humans 2.0 is inspired by this verbness. It is not what we are but how we are that fuels the show – how we connect, attract, repel and attach. On a petri dish humans like small strands of DNA combine, separate and intertwine. Great complexity is generated as are moments of clarity, form and beauty. Skill, virtuosity, individuality can all be glimpsed but mostly it is the group and its endless forms and variations that creates a show as intriguing as it is unclassifiable. Just like all of us.


Yaron Lifschitz
Artistic Director, Circa

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Edith Podesta
Writer/Director
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CIRCA
Company

Quotes

CREDITS

Credits

Company:
CIRCA
Director:
Yaron Lifschitz
Original Music:
Ori Lichtik
Lighting Designer:
Paul Jackson
Costume Design:
Libby McDonnell
Technical Director:
Jason Organ
Humans 2.0 is commissioned by The Mondavi Center, UC Davis
Circa acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council,
its arts funding and advisory body and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
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In Collaboration with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

BIOGRAPHIES

Biographies

Circa
Company
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"The mighty Circa"  (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian)
Circa Contemporary Circus is one of...


Yaron Lifschitz
Director
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Yaron Lifschitz is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, and...

Ori Lichtik
Original Music
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Musician, member of the artistic crew of L-E-V Dance Company of Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar, DJ and drummer..

Paul Jackson
Lighting Designer
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Paul Jackson is a multi-award-winning lighting designer and theatre maker whose work has featured...


Libby McDonnell
Costume Design
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Libby is a designer and choreographer and she is currently Head of Design at Circa. Libby works in diverse genres and forms...

Jason Organ
Technical Director
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Jason graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 1988 and has had an extensive career...

ABOUT SIFA & AHL

About SIFA

As Singapore's annual pinnacle performing arts festival, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) presents captivating and diverse works across theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts. First launched as the Singapore Festival of Arts in 1977, the festival has gone through several evolutions and inspired generations of arts lovers and practitioners. Today, the highly anticipated festival is a high point on Singapore's arts and cultural calendar. SIFA continues its festival mission to champion the creation and presentation of Singaporean and international works.

About Arts House Limited

Arts House Limited (AHL) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to enriching lives through the arts.

AHL manages six arts spaces that aim to support our arts sector and bring communities together. These include two national monuments - The Arts House, multidisciplinary arts centre, and Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, a heritage building that is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

It also runs the performing arts space Drama Centre as well as three enclaves for arts groups and creative businesses - the Goodman Arts Centre, Aliwal Arts Centre and Stamford Arts Centre. It is the cultural place manager of Singapore's Civic District.

AHL organises two national pinnacle festivals – the Singapore International Festival of Arts focused on the performing arts, and the Singapore Writers Festival - a multi-lingual festival presenting the world's leading literary talents. In addition, it manages Our Cultural Medallion Story – the showcase on Singapore's Cultural Medallion recipients at The Arts House.

Arts House Limited is a public company limited by guarantee under the National Arts Council. First set up as The Old Parliament House Limited in 2002, it was renamed Arts House Limited in 2014. For more information, visit https://artshouselimited.sg/

Special Thanks To

Festival Supporters
Programme Partners
Official Logistics Partner
Official Outdoor Media Partner
Official Privilege Card
Catering Partner
Wine Sponsor For Opening Reception

FESTIVAL PARTNERS

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Commissioned By
Supported By
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Festival Fun

Festival Fun

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Message Wall

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As the world opens back up from the pandemic, SIFA 2023 presents works that compel you to rediscover what it means to be people today, in all our diversity and uniqueness, existing in common spaces together.

Use this wall to share an experience which made you discover the best in people!

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RECOMMENDED

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements

SIFA Advisory Panel
Chairman
Lynette Pang
Members
Sushma Soma
Magdalene Ew
Nelson Chia
Norhaizad Adam
AHL Programming Committee
Chairman
Adrian Tan
Members
Zulkifli bin Mohamed Amin
Yasmin Hannah Ramle
Eugene Lim Yingjie
Kenneth Kwok
Management
(Acting) Executive Director
Yeow Ju Li
Festival Director
Natalie Hennedige
Director, Venue Programmes / Covering Director, Programming and Producing  
Sim Wan Hui
Director, Marketing and Communications
Jasmine Gan
Director, Placemaking and Partnership Development
Lee Mun Ping
Director, Human Resource and IT
Isniati Ali
Director, Asset Management and Leasing
Rachel Chu
Director, Finance
Wee Siok Hoong
Director, Corporate Facilities Management
Stephen Oh
Group Facilities Management
Security Manager
Shri Ram
Assistant Manager
Ahmad Adli
Finance
Senior Manager
Lim Si Wei
Manager
Samantha Chua
Assistant Manager
Amanda Koh
Senior Executive
Jill Lau
Executives
Chris Tay
Lyn Yeoh
Nurulhuda Najib
Siti Nur Jazeerah
Programming and Producing
Deputy Director, Festivals
Ye JunMin
Assistant Director
Lisa Marie Lip
Senior Producers
Christie Chua
Mervyn Quek
Producer
Fezhah Maznan
Intern
Ong Xinchen
Education
Assistant Director
Geraldine Cheang
Production and Technical [SIFA]
Senior Manager, Production [Festival]
Victoria Lim
Festival Production Coordinator
Cristabel Ng
Festival Technical Manager
Kailash
Festival Senior Production Assistant
Wee Nee
Festival Technical Coordinators
Melvin Lee
Xiangbin
Executive, Administration [Technical Production]
Izyan Nooraini Binte Ramlee
Festival Production Managers
Celestine Wong
Melissa Chin
Marketing and Communications
Deputy Director
Elizabeth Wong
Assistant Director
Valerie Koh
Project Manager
Aimee Karman
Senior Executive
Megan Lee
Executive
Kimberly Kou
Senior Designer
Mohammad Firdaus Bin Wari
Festival Designer
Mylin Soh
Copywriter and Social Media Specialist
Akanksha Raja
Ticketing Specialist
Jayden Tan
Lia Tan
Video Editor
Amelia Su
Interns
Celestine Tay
Yeo Wei Jiang
Event Operations Management
Assistant Director
Emma Tagoe
Front Of House Management
Jess Chiang
Mufidah Sapari
Sandhya Silva
Vaishnavi Pumynathan
Artist Logistics and Hospitality 
Luc Toh
Natalie Wong
Sharon Wang
Secretariat and Manpower Management
Sarina Sahari
Placemaking and Partnership Development
Assistant Director
Emmanuel Paul Ng
Senior Executive
Michelle Choy
Production and Technical [Venue]
Assistant Director, Production and Technical
Mohamad Fazil Bin Sulaiman
Assistant Manager, Production and Technical (System Specialist)
Muhammad Hannan Bin Mohd Khusni
Assistant Managers, Production and Technical
Hisyamnudin Bin Shariffudin
Muhammad Asraf Bin Kadir Sharip
Production Co-ordinators, Production and Technical
Alexandra Chan
Haironissa Karim
Lee Kong Shen
Muhammad Noh Bin Sapari
Nur Hidayah Binte Esa
Riley Tan
Senior Technicians, Production and Technical
Abdul Rashid Bin Abdul Rahman
Anwar Bin Razi
Joanne Ng
Muhammad Nurhaizad Bin Johari
Muhammad Ilyas Bin Anhar
Muhammad Isyaffi Bin Mohd Isah
Mohammad Razali Bin Abdul Rahman
Muhammad Ridzwan Bin Sekimin
Muhammad Sufian Bin Mohamed Ishak
Salim Bin Sairi
Asset Management and Leasing
CENTRE MANAGEMENT

Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall / The Arts House

Centre Manager
Sophie Sham

Senior Operations Support (Tech)
Asokkumar Kannan
Muhamad Asri Bin Abdul Rahman
Muhammad Zulhilmi Bin Abas
Sharohan Bin Othman
Syafiq Bin Mohamed Yatim

Senior Manager, Facilities Management 
Muhammad Farid Bin Abdul Rahim

Technicians, Facilities Management
Mohamed Adiyat
Mohammad Helmi Bin Sajat

Operations Executive (Tech)
Muhammad Sufri Bin Azman

Stamford Arts Centre

Centre Manager
Rina Chan

Senior Manager, Facilities Management
Cindy Liew

LEASING
Manager
Racel Yee
Assistant Managers
Razak Bin Hussein
Human Resource
Senior Manager
Regina Hong
Senior Executives
Andrea Wong
Jeffrey Yeo
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