SINGAPORE, 17 April 2019 - The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA 2019) is opening up a limited number of seats to Ryuichi Sakamoto – Fragments held at Esplanade Theatre on 28 May 2019. 40 tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, 24 April at 10am and are available on a first come first serve basis. A maximum of two tickets can be purchased per person.
Each ticket remains at the same price of $150 (excluding SISTIC fee) and this is a free seating performance.
This intimate concert features the collaborative works of Oscar-winning composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto and multimedia artist, Shiro Takatani, which sold out within the first hour of the ticket launch in February.
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Fragments is a resplendent performance with a strong focus on the improvisation and the sonority of everyday objects. The performance draws from Sakamoto’s latest solo album, async, an introspective reflection on the essential nature of life and death following the maestro’s own battle with cancer. Sakamoto’s intense, masterful playing is heightened by Takatani’s cinematic visuals, full of poetic metaphors with its evocation of natural phenomena.
To complement the performance, an intimate talk with the artist, In Conversation with Ryuichi Sakamoto, will be added to the festival line-up. As one of the 21st century’s most prolific and influential musicians, Ryuichi Sakamoto will share about his four-decade long journey in music and reflections on life, all of which shapes the music he creates. This 90-minute talk will take place on 23 May 2019, Thursday at SOTA Concert Hall.
Fans of Ryuichi Sakamoto can also look forward to a showcase of his music in Shiro Takatani’s multimedia staging of ST/LL, which explores the idea of silence through the use of lighting, media art, stage design and dance movement. ST/LL will be presented at Esplanade Theatre on 24 and 25 May 2019.
Commissioned by the National Arts Council and organised by Arts House Limited, Singapore’s pinnacle performing arts festival will be held from 16 May to 2 June. Featuring a line-up of iconic artists from around the world alongside the very best from Singapore, this is the second SIFA to be helmed by Festival Director, Gaurav Kripalani (2018 to 2020).
About the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2019 (SIFA 2019)
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.
Under the helm of Festival Director Gaurav Kripalani from 2018–2020, SIFA continues its festival mission to champion the creation and presentation of Singaporean and international works. At SIFA 2019, The Arts House will once again be transformed into the Festival House. With meaningful engagement opportunities from artists talks, workshops, discussions and the festival bar—House Pour, the Festival House breaks down the walls between artists and audiences to create unique experiences and inspiring artistic encounters.
About Arts House Limited
Arts House Limited (AHL) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to enriching lives through the arts. AHL manages two key landmarks located in the heart of Singapore’s Civic District – The Arts House, a multi-disciplinary arts centre with a focus on literary programming, and the Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, a heritage building that is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. It also runs the Goodman Arts Centre and Aliwal Arts Centre, two creative enclaves for artists, arts groups and creative businesses, and performing arts space Drama Centre. AHL presents the Singapore International Festival of Arts, the annual pinnacle celebration of performance and interdisciplinary arts in Singapore commissioned by the National Arts Council.
AHL was set up in 11 Dec 2002 as a company limited by guarantee (CLG) under the National Arts Council and was formerly known as The Old Parliament House Limited. It was officially renamed Arts House Limited on 19 Mar 2014.
About the National Arts Council
The National Arts Council champions the arts in Singapore. By nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement, our diverse and distinctive arts inspire our people, connect communities and profile Singapore internationally. We preserve our rich, cultural traditions as we cultivate accomplished artists and vibrant companies for the future. Our support for the arts is comprehensive – from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing. The Council welcomes greater private and corporate giving to and through the arts, so that together we can make the arts an integral part of everyone’s lives. For more information on the Council’s mission and plans, please visit www.nac.gov.sg.
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