SIFA 2022 unveils its second wave of programmes spanning across physical to digital and virtual spaces.
Singapore, 25 March 2022 - From today, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2022 is opening ticket sales for its second tranche of festival programmes, including a mix of in-person programmes and on-demand digital commissions. Organised by Arts House Limited (AHL) and commissioned by the National Arts Council (NAC), SIFA 2022 returns from 20 May with the title The Anatomy of Performance – Ritual, inviting audiences to reflect on the rituals in performance through the universal language of art.
New perspectives shown through additional festival offerings
In line with SIFA’s commitment to present new perspectives and interconnectivity through the festival, the second tranche of SIFA 2022 programmes will explore ideas of social projection, feature new artists in addition to limited-edition collaborations and even take audiences on a unique excursion in an unconventional performance arena.
- ubin, a multidimensional project by Drama Box, invites audiences to ponder the future of life and culture for the dwindling number of residents on Pulau Ubin. Starting from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal, audiences may immerse themselves in stories of the island as they depart on an extraordinary journey through Pulau Ubin where sound installation, theatre, dance, and exhibition come together to form a performance from dock to island.
- From internationally renowned Singapore performance director and Cultural Medallion recipient Ong Keng Sen comes project SALOME, starring Singaporean actor Janice Koh and Berlin-based performance artist Michael(a) Daoud. Referring to Oscar Wilde’s Salome as a point of departure, Ong adopts documentary filmmaking as his approach to reflect upon the ritual of social projection and self-mythologising.
- In tandem with SIFA 2022’s opening performance, MEPAAN, acclaimed Singaporean photographer Sean Lee will showcase a selection of his works depicting a kaleidoscopic universe of flora and fauna. Originally captured and featured in festival commission MEPAAN at the Pasir Panjang Power Station, this companion photographic exhibition offers an alternative encounter with Lee’s sensuous nature imagery.
- Joining the lineup of artists on SIFA’s virtual venue Life Profusion, Malaysia’s leftfield pop maverick Shelhiel presents an experimental short video under Capsule #3: Digital Beings, on traversing the worlds of character Angel-527, following his debut EP SUPERSTROBE. Following the release of Capsule #1: Music in February, Life Profusion’s next capsule will feature Kiat in collaboration with US-based Strangeloop, as well as Singapore’s Lenne Chai, who presents a piece on anti-rain ritual titled Dry Spell. Capsule #2: Movement is set to be released in April.
- Further adding to SIFA’s presence is a collaboration with participating artist for Ceremonial Enactments and Singaporean fashion designer Max Tan, who will be launching 100 limited edition SIFA 2022 x Max Tan T-shirts. The t-shirt designed exclusively for SIFA by Max, founder of fashion label MAX.TAN, features a flattering asymmetrical cut and exposed seams for a bold statement and will be available for S$58, while stocks last. The T-shirt, together with other SIFA merchandise can be purchased at https://sifa.sg from 1 April 2022.
Details on the additional programmes may be found in Annex A. Further updates on Life Profusion can be found in Annex B.
Natalie Hennedige, Festival Director for SIFA 2022 to 2024, says, "SIFA’s proposition of performance creation from Singapore can offer inspired artistic expression emerging from within Asia into the international arena by being a platform for rigorous artistic process and meaningful international collaboration. In a world strained by complex situations that are perpetually evolving, the performing arts needs to be upheld as a space for reflection, openness and nuanced creative articulation to be freely expressed, so that as part of a global community, Singapore preserves the space for the arts to bridge."
Three-week run of digital programmes to extend festival season
Keeping the festival momentum going are digital commissions on-demand via SIFA on Demand on SIFA’s website. The following commissioned programmes will be available digitally on 20 June for a three-week run:
- MEPAAN, an ethereal sonic and visual nature centred opus by Singapore Chinese Orchestra and Malaysia-based creative agency, The Tuyang Initiative;
- Ceremonial Enactments by MAX.TAN, Nadi Singapura and Bhaskar’s Arts Academy which puts together three re-enactments of culturally specific customs and rites from birth, to weddings; and
- Bangsawan Gemala Malam by Teater Ekamatra, a Malay adaptation of the Shakespearean classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
- Delicate Spells of Mind by Lucy McRae, a performance film that dissects the operating system of the mind where a Seeker contends with ego, the inherited artificial intelligence.
Tickets can be purchased on https://sifa.sg at S$15 per show or S$25 for bundle of 4*.
Executive Director for Arts House Limited (AHL), Tan Boon Hui, says, "It brings us great excitement to invite audiences to experience the potential of Singapore’s performing arts across both conventional and unique spaces – from the neo-classical performing arts centre Victoria Theatre, to a venue-specific adventure at Pulau Ubin, and even going beyond the physical into SIFA’s virtual venue Life Profusion as a new avenue for artistic expression. As Singapore’s pinnacle international arts festival, SIFA sets an example for the expansion of performing arts in the local and international arts arena, and signals the next step forward for the industry in the years ahead."
Early bird ticket sales are extended till 11:59pm, 10 April 2022 on https://sifa.sg. Ticket prices and savings may be found in Annex C.
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About Singapore International Festival of Arts (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 is the cultural place manager of Singapore's Civic District. It manages two key national monuments – The Arts House, a multidisciplinary 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 performing arts space Drama Centre as well as three creative enclaves for artists, arts groups and creative businesses - the Goodman Arts Centre, Aliwal Arts Centre and Stamford Arts Centre.
AHL organises the Singapore International Festival of Arts – an annual pinnacle performing arts festival; as well as the Singapore Writers Festival – a multilingual festival presenting the world's leading literary talents. In addition, AHL manages Our Cultural Medallion Story – the showcase on Singapore's Cultural Medallion recipients at The Arts House.
AHL was set up in 11 December 2002 as a public company limited by guarantee under the National Arts Council and was officially renamed Arts House Limited on 19 March 2014. For more information, visit artshouselimited.sg/.
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, visit www.nac.gov.sg.