Catch shows at SIFA that are just right for you
The annual Singapore International Festival of Arts is back until 2 June (Sunday), with a wide range of works not to be missed, from a free public dance-off and jazz performance by a maestro, to a VR-meets-theatre show and film screenings.
However, if you are time-strapped, or overwhelmed by the wide selection of works, and undecided about which shows to catch, we have made things easy for you. Here are our top picks of five shows that are just right for five different personalities.
The eternal romantic who believes in love and dreams, even in a time of war
The enduring tale of love and war, A Dream Under the Southern Bough, by Ming Dynasty playwright Tang Xianzu, is adapted for the modern stage by Toy Factory Productions. The adaptation, A Dream Under the Southern Bough: Reverie, is the first half of Tang’s epic tale about a disgraced naval officer who falls asleep and finds himself in a foreign kingdom, betrothed to the princess of the land, whilst trouble brews below the surface.
The playful kidult with a fondness for reliving fun childhood experiences
Embrace your inner child and enjoy a fun-filled outing to the theatre with the little ones in your life at this adaptation of the musical fairy tale, Peter and the Wolf, by composer Sergei Prokofiev. This production uses animation, puppets, a six-piece band and live narration to tell the story of courage, adventure and friendship.
The sophisticated free spirit who sees a world in a grain of sand
What’s it like to experience a sound installation featuring 100 battery-operated keyboards? Find out at 100 Keyboards (Performance) by Japanese avant-garde sound artist ASUNA. The performance will see him carry out experiments on the keyboards to create a spellbinding sonic environment of overlapping notes and musical textures ranging from ambient to hip-hop and low-fi pop to improvisation.
The inveterate thrill-seeker with a penchant for escape rooms
Espionage, treachery and a dose of political intrigue awaits audiences at The Mysterious Lai Teck. The immersive production by Singapore artist Ho Tzu Nyen explores the life and times of the historical figure Lai Teck and features music, animatronics and CG effects.
The kiasu Singaporean who must always be among the first to know
Can’t wait till next year to catch The Necessary Stage’s new play, The Year Of No Return, which tackles the topic of climate change? Have a first look at the creative process behind the play in this free presentation about the work, featuring director Alvin Tan (above, right), co-playwright Haresh Sharma (above, left) – the other co-playwright is Rudy Vera – and actor Siti Khalijah Zainal.
Details on Singapore International Festival of Arts here.