SIFA Yourself

Published on 16 August 2016

Toast this year’s Singapore International Festival of Arts by checking out this fortnight’s line-up of choice picks.

BY JO TAN

FIVE EASY PIECES

18-20 August, Victoria Theatre

Swiss director Milo Rau is one of the most brilliant and sought-after directors of documentary theatre today, having brought revolution in Romania (The Last Days of the Ceausescus), Rwandan genocide (Hate Radio), and the Pussy Riot court case (The Moscow Trials) to the stage. For this Asian premiere, Rau presents a play about convicted Belgian murderer and paedophile, Marc Dutroux, chillingly performed by children aged eight to 13 for an adult audience.

I AM LGB

18-20 August, 72-13

Some of the island’s most cutting-edge talents combine their expertise from various artistic genres. Featuring multidisciplinary artist Loo Zihan, sound artist Bani Haykal, dancer/choreographer Lee Mun Wai (all three are Young Artist Award recipients), performance artist/puppeteer/researcher Shawn Chua, with American artist/professor Ray Langenbach, you know this show will have as much style as substance.

STILL LIFE

25-27 August, Victoria Theatre

Dimitris Papaioannou, creator of the Athens 2004 Olympics opening and closing ceremonies and the first European Games 2015 opening ceremony, presents this vision of the birth of a strange new world, devastated by crisis and threatened by a heavy, poisoned sky. 

PARADISE INTERRUPTED

31 August, 2 & 3 September, Drama Centre Theatre

Based on a scene from the classic 1598 Kun opera The Peony Pavilion, this spectacle directed and designed by Jennifer Wen Ma, known for her work on the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, depicts a woman searching for her lover through an interactive garden of dynamic paper sculptures. With a score composed and conducted by the globally acclaimed Huang Ruo, and performed by Singapore’s T’ang Quartet.

THE LAST BULL: A LIFE IN FLAMENCO

25-27 August, SOTA Drama Theatre

Checkpoint Theatre has created a biographical theatre piece about, and in collaboration with, 75-year-old flamenco master Antonio Vargas. Born in Casablanca, this luminary travelled the world, working with the likes of The Beatles and Baz Luhrmann, before following his heart to Singapore. Expect a bittersweet tale told with song and, of course, dance. Includes performances by Vargas himself.

The Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016 is on till 17 September. 

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