The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is happy to announce the finalised programme for this year’s Festival that will run from 11 August to 17 September, which will once again include SIFA Shares.
SIFA Shares is a programme that is designed to increase dialogue between artists and audiences, and will be offered free of charge to increase accessibility. There are six programmes in SIFA Shares: two films, two talks, one exhibition and one demonstration. It will include artists from Brazil, Switzerland, Japan and Australia.
Curated by Festival Director, Ong Keng Sen, the series of events will provide greater relevance to the productions at SIFA and allow the audience to dig deeper into the context and issues presented at this year’s Festival around the theme of Potentialities.
For example, SIFA will be screening two films: The Moscow Trials and Hate Radio that highlights Director Milo Rau’s previous works. Rau staged a counter-event in response to the controversial sentencing of punk activists Pussy Riot, but the three-day trial was stormed by the Russian authorities. The Moscow Trials documents this live event that occurred in Moscow. Hate Radio is a theatre project that focused on the role of the broadcasting station Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLMC) in generating racial hatred during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. The production examines how racism functions and attempts to provide some context in a reconstructed backdrop. Dramaturg Stefan Bläske of the International Institute of Political Murder’s (IIPM) will trace the arc of Swiss theatre and film director Milo Rau, in an engaging discussion titled A Talk by Stefan Bläske: The New Artistic Trajectories of Milo Rau/IIPM.
Based on a ritual exchange of gifts among inhabitants of the Trobriand Islands in Papua New Guinea, The Kula Ring is an art exhibition, initiated by the Goethe-Institut Singapore and curated by Alfons Hug which first opened at the Kultursymposium Weimar 2016. It premieres in Asia at the Singapore International Festival of Arts, with an added performative component in collaboration with Festival Director Ong Keng Sen.
Kabuki Demonstration: The Art of the Onnagata will featurekabuki actor Kazutaro Nakamura, who plays Richard III in Sandaime Richard. Nakamura will share fascinating insights into this iconic traditional Japanese art form, onnagata, where male actors play women’s roles in Japanese kabuki theatre.
In Conversation with Ron Arad, will also provide the public a chance to get up close and personal with world-renowned London-based architect, artist and designer. Join the award- winning artist for an enlightening session about art in public spaces.
For more details on the Festival, please visit the SIFA website.