SIFA 2022: Immerse with 7 Art-filled Events and Activities in Singapore This Weekend

Check out programmes across physical to digital and virtual spaces
By: Ria Mirano
May 20, 2022

As more opportunities for social gatherings open up in the country, event organisers are given the chance to hold more activities and happenings in person. Calling all art enthusiasts and enjoyers, artsy pals, and those looking for something new to attend to this weekend now’s your chance to immerse yourself with performance art-filled activities in the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2022.

Starting today, the festival is opening its ticketing sales for the second tranche of festival programmes, including a mix of in-person programmes and on-demand digital commissions.

“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.”, said Natalie Hennedige, the Festival Director for SIFA 2022-2024.

The theme of this year will show new perspectives and interconnectivity through the festival. Expect an exploration of social ideas, new artists featured, and limited edition collaborations through an experiential experience of the performance arts. 

1. Explore the Multidimensional Art, ubin

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Brought to you by Drama Box, the audiences are given a peek into what the future of life and culture of the dwindling residents of Pulau Ubin. As soon as you step inside, immerse yourself in the stories of the island through sound installation, theatre, dance, and exhibition that come together to form a performance from dock to island.

Date: 25 May – 29 May; 1 Jun – 5 Jun, Wednesday – Sunday
Time:
6:00pm pre-registration, departure at 6:15pm
Venue:
Changi Point Ferry Terminal (Meeting point)
Duration: 4 hours
Tickets:
$58

2. Watch an exclusive film on social projection and self-mythologising, Project Salome

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Ong Keng Sen, internationally renowned Singapore performance director and Cultural Medallion recipient, presents Project Salome starring Singaporean actor Janice Koh and Berlin-based, performance artist Michael(a) Daoud. This documentary film was the director’s approach to reflect on social projection and self-mythologising.

Date & Time: 27 May Friday 8pm | 28 May Saturday, 2pm & 8pm
Venue:
Victoria Theatre
Duration: 1 hour & 30 minutes
Tickets:
starts at $48

3. See the Poetic Theatrical Performance, Devil’s Cherry

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Watch an unorthodox love story between a couple, performed by the husband and wife performance artists, Paul Rae and Kaylene Tan. Set in Australia, the story centers on the couple that caught the eye of the Devil as they were road tripping across the bush. The Devil might have met his match with these two, despite the couple’s own troubles and vulnerabilities. 

Date: 3rd – 5th of June
Time:
7:30pm
Venue:
Pasir Panjang Power Station
Tickets:
starts at $48

4. Step into MEPAAN, an ethereal sonic and visual nature centred work of art

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In harmony with the opening ceremony for SIFA 2022, take a step into Singaporean photographer Sean Lee’s selection of works depicting a kaleidoscopic universe of flora and fauna. This visual exhibition offerss an alternative encounter with Lee’s sensuous nature imagery.

Date: 20 May – 5 June 2022
Time:
10am – 7pm daily
Venue:
The Arts House
Tickets:
Free Admission

5. Learn more about SouthEast Asian ceremonies and rituals with Ceremonial Enactments

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Presented by MAX.TAN, Nadi Singapura and Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, they’ve put together three re-enactments of culturally specific customs and rites from birth to weddings. Catch live performances by artists from various SouthEast Asian countries.

Date: 21 – 22 May, Sat – Sun
Time:
7:30pm
Venue:
Esplanade Theatre
Duration: 2 hours, no intermission
Tickets:
starts at $38

6. Check out Bangsawan Gemala Malam, a Malaysian Adaption of Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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A contemporary take on Bangsawan Gemala Malam will be shown where the audiences will enjoy a show filled with drama, music, and dances. This tale follows four lovers as they escape into the forest, only to be bewitched by fairies in a tricky game of love and fantasy.

Date & Time: 2nd – 4th of June Thurs – Fri, 8:00pm | Sat, 2pm & 8pm
Venue:
Victoria Theatre
Duration: 2 Hours, no intermission
Tickets:
starts at $38

7. Attend the Performance Film on dissecting the operations of the mind entitled Delicate Spells of Mind

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Performed by Lucy McRae, the performance film focuses on two worlds: ‘Self’ and ‘Other’. Watch Lucy as she explores the mind and how it operates – where the Seeker faces the Ego, innate artificial intelligence. 

Date: 20th May – 20th July, Daily
Venue: Online
Duration: 10 Minutes
Tickets: $15

For ticketing and more information, please visit: https://sifa.sg/