The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is currently underway with more than a dozen different events for you to choose from which understandably makes it difficult to choose which event suits you best. That’s why we’re here to help you with 5 different events that you absolutely can’t miss!
Kumar’s Living Together
Fans of comedy absolutely can’t miss Kumar’s Living Together which presents an incredibly novel concept, bringing a series of live stand-up comedy performances to the heartland, performing at various HDB Blocks across Singapore for free! Kumar is a genius at what he does and I’m excited to see what he has in store for us as he explores the funny side in distinctly heartland behaviour
Check out the remaining performances at:
8 August, 8pm Tampines Festival Park Tampines St 21 between Blks 254 and 257
13 August, 8pm Amphitheatre Blk 204 Marsiling Drive
15 August, 8pm Community Plaza Jurong East St 32 between Blks 312 and 316
Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo incorporates elements of comedy and melodrama and as a result, created a visceral performance (Dementia) that will unnerve and prompt you to think about the endgame of human life. Fluidly crossing borders between ﬁlm and theatre, Mundruczó is presently the Hungarian artist to watch after winning the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
Welcome to the world of Dementia , in which Mundruczó uses a heady mix of music, dark humour and fantastic décor to bring spectators face to face with the difﬁcult moral questions which we, the able-bodied, would prefer to ignore. What beneﬁts can society ever hope to reap from prolonging the lives of mental patients? What is the point of helping those who are suffering – speciﬁcally those who are not even cognisant of their own state – and numbing them even further with modern medicine?
A performance that is guaranteed to force you to think about questions that you probably always had but never brought it to its full end.
13, 14, 15 August, 8pm
(1h55, no intermission)
Hotel (W!LD RICE)
W!LD RICE presents Hotel in a play specially commissioned for SIFA and directed by famed theatre masters Ivan Heng & Glen Goei, it is the performance I am definitely most excited about! Divided into two parts, a hotel is a microcosm of society and as we check into the hotel once every decade, we observe the changes that Singapore and its people & visitors have undergone. There is so much potential for this, best seen in one of favourite films The Grand Budapest Hotel due to it being an exotic pit stop for many a traveller, each with a fascinating backstory. I can’t wait to see what they do with this as Part 1 is set in the years 1915 to 1965, and Part 2 in the years 1975 to 2015.
The show will go on from 27 August – 30 August, enjoy a special $140 package for Cat 1 tickets!
The Projectionist, a live projection work pays homage to the art of cinema and experimentation among the elements of movement, time, light and space. The space will become a kinetic sculptor, with me moving inside it like the ghost in the machine threading together a dance ﬁlm archive. I adore old-school cinemas and films, made more so by the film Cinema Paradiso and watching the steady decline of the film experience due to torrents and illegal DVDs makes this performance even more imperative.
The Projectionist also happens to be one of the dance performances that is part of the Dance Marathon: OPEN WITH A PUNK SPIRIT!, where 14 dance-makers from Japan and South Asia have been invited to perform in.
For one night only at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station on 31 August (7pm – 10pm)
Cabinet of Curiosities
This is definitely one of the weirdest performances at SIFA, presenting Margaret Leng Tan, hailed as the “queen of the toy piano” by The New York Times. She returns to Singapore to celebrate her 70th birthday as both pianist extraordinaire and multifaceted performer. Cabinet Of Curiosities is a programme of music-theatre works performed on pianos large and small, as well as toys and sound objects, some newly invented.
The performance will run from 27 – 29 August at the School of the Arts Studio Theatre!
See which of these performances is more up your alley and leave a comment on which of SIFA performance you enjoy the most! For more information check out the SIFA website for more information on other exciting events to check out, all tickets can be purchased at Sistic!