5 shows to catch at the Singapore International Festival of Arts

5 shows to catch at the Singapore International Festival of Arts

From live theatre performances to film screenings and concerts – including an outdoor music show with an element of virtual reality – the Singapore International Festival of Arts promises a smorgasbord of arts offerings to delight audiences.

The festival is on from 14 to 30 May and tickets are selling fast. If you are overwhelmed by the vast selection and can’t decide which shows to catch, read on for our pick of five events which will please everyone from the adventurous to the dreamers.

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For the adventurous – Demon States

This immersive virtual reality (VR) experience explores the human psyche and Man’s inner demons through a blend of music and multimedia art. It is headlined by home-grown band The Observatory and features collaborations with artists Koichi Shimizu, Brandon Tay and Irfan Kasban. Audiences will don VR goggles for the experience and be taken to four physical locations around Singapore. The show has an advisory rating of NC16 for its mature content. Get tickets to Demon States here.

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For the film-buff – A Love Unknown (2020)

This film about a mother and daughter and their misadventures, by Singapore-born writer-director John Clang, promises to tug at heartstrings. The screenings will also include a live introduction by the film’s cinematographer Lavender Chang, offering film buffs an insider’s peek into the film. It is screened on 21 and 29 May at the Oldham Theatre. The film has an advisory rating of NC16 for its mature content. Get tickets to A Love Unknown (2020) here.

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For the nature-lover – Echoes of Fire and Water

This concert by the Singapore-based Ensemble Æquilibrium invites audiences to explore Man’s present and future relationship with the environment through contemporary music. The concert programme includes George Crumb’s Eleven Echoes of Autumn and works by distinguished composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Toru Takemitsu and Chen Zhangyi. The concert is held at The Arts House on 23 May. Buy tickets to Echoes Of Fire And Water here.

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For the dreamers – A Dream Under The Southern Bough: Existence 

Be enthralled by this contemporary theatrical adaptation of a classic play by the Ming Dynasty playwright Tang Xianzu. Blurring the lines between dream and reality, the play takes the audience on an atmospheric and imaginative journey that defies logic. The show, staged by Toy Factory Productions, will be performed in Mandarin with English subtitles. The performance will take place at Drama Centre Theatre on 29 and 30 May, and a recording of the play will be available online from 5 to 12 Jun. Get tickets to the show or the on-demand recording here.

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For the dance and music lover – The Rhythm of Us

Be sure to catch this performance of dance and music by two of Singapore’s most celebrated arts companies. The performance, which features three contemporary musical pieces and new choreography, is a debut collaboration between Singapore Dance Theatre and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. The show might already be sold out, but a recording of the performance will be available online from 5 to 12 Jun. Get tickets to the on-demand recording here.

Check out other events at SIFA 2021 here.

(Photos: Singapore International Festival of Arts)

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