What does the work of a critic look like as performances and festivals are reimagined for the future? This year’s Asian Arts Media Roundtable (AAMR) is back with AAMR@SIFA2021, a digital programme bringing together international arts writers, critics and journalists to learn, share and converse.
Presented by ArtsEquator in collaboration with SIFA, this year’s programme launches with the inaugural Master Conversations series, focusing on production and technical theatre. Four in-depth presentations, led by master technical theatre practitioners, are designed to give critics insights into and knowledge in the under-discussed aspects of performance-making.
Participants will engage closely with SIFA 2021’s programming, attending shows both in-person (for Singapore-based participants), and online via digital watch parties. Through four public critics-led post-show discussions known as Critics Live!, participants will, amongst others, explore the role of criticism in emerging hybrid performance spaces.
The programme is open to arts writers, critics, and arts journalists, who will be selected for AAMR@SIFA2021 through an open call. All programmes will be held in English, with possibilities for translation support.
For information and to apply, please visit: www.artsequator.com/aamr
The four Critics Live! sessions – one of which will be held in-venue and three online – will be open to members of the public via registration. For more information and to register, visit www.artsequator.com/aamr
*Times shown are all in GMT +8.
The inaugural Master Conversations series focuses on production and technical theatre. Through four in-depth presentations, led by master technical theatre practitioners from Southeast Asia and around the world, critics will get insights into and knowledge in the often under-discussed aspects of performance-making.
Masters Conversation #1 (Lighting Design):
Tuesday, 18 May 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Masters Conversation #2 (Costume Design):
Tuesday, 25 May 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Masters Conversation #3 (Set Design):
Tuesday, 1 June 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Masters Conversation #4 (Multimedia and Video Installation):
Tuesday, 8 June 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Watch Party & Critics Live!
Engaging with SIFA 2021’s programming, the Roundtable will bring critics together in discussion to unpack what criticism can look like as festivals take on more hybridised forms. Critics selected for AAMR@SIFA2021 will be able to catch selected shows.
Critics Live! is a critics-led programme series created by ArtsEquator to give arts audiences an insight into how critics formulate their responses to performances. Through Critics Live!, critics will share their experiences watching the show either in-venue or digitally, and discuss how the artists’ choices shape these respectively. Critics Live! is open to public.
Critics Live #3: Three Sisters:
Sunday, 6 June, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Critics Live #4: OIWA:
Saturday, 12 June, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Saturday, 5 and 10 June, 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Critics Live #1: The Year of No Return will take place physically at The Arts House in Singapore.
All other sessions take place virtually on Zoom.