From virtual reality tours to jazz concerts, here’s a musical guide for
Presented by the Singapore International Arts Festival.
Another year, another exciting series of Singapore International Festival of the Arts (SIFA).
In each edition, the arts festival has offered a large and diverse selection of performances, installations, discussions, exhibitions and more – rranging from musical concerts to stimulating exhibitions.
Since 1977, SIFA has become the platform of immersive art experiences for audiences both in Singapore and abroad. Through several editions and evolutions, the arts festival has inspired generations of artists and art lovers, having always presented innovative and distinct pieces and encouraged meaningful conversations on important global issues.
This year is no exception with over 300 performances and 60 shows featuring dozens of artists and performers from around the world. Spread over three weeks, SIFA 2021 aims to reinvent what it means to be an arts festival in today’s world.
SIFA 2021 offers an artistic festival that harmoniously combines live and online programs. Using an array of technologies – from text messaging to virtual reality to video conferencing, the three-week festival aims to deliver an array of elaborate and unique experiences both in person and online.
âThis festival was scheduled in response to everything we have been through and the environment we now live in,â said the director of the SIFA festival, Gaurav Kripalani in an official press release. âStreaming live performance online was what many of us had to resort to during the lockdown, which is less than ideal. It did, however, stimulate my interest in exploring 3D, interactive and responsive technologies in relation to performance, which I believe will become an integral part of the performing arts in the future. “
SIFA 2021 will also include SIFA on demand, a Video-on-demand function for certain installations executed from May 31 to June 12.
This year all programs address the central theme of âCompassion, Care and Communityâ. After a difficult year of confinement and social isolation, SIFA aims to celebrate life and connect people through art and how it is proving to be a valuable tool for healing and making connections.
The programming of events at SIFA 2021 will seek to explore a variety of topics under this year’s theme, including mental health, personal care, sustainable living, climate change, and more.
SIFA 2021 will take place from May 14 to 30, with tickets available for purchase through SIFA official website.
With over 300 programs and 60 shows, you are sure to be spoiled for choice. To help you choose, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite music programs that are definitely worth your attention. Check them out below.
Among the many programs of SIFA 2021, A song for Louis is not to be missed. Dedicated to the legend of Singaporean jazz Louis soliano, musical concerts bring together musicians, singers and performers from the local jazz scene for a heartwarming show dedicated to the musical icon.
Realized by Joshua Wan and Jeremiah Choy, A song for Louis presents a range of talented artists who have worked with and trained under Soliano. The public can expect performances from acts like Jeremy Monteiro, Joanna Dong, Rahimah Rahim, Daniel Wong, Don Gomes, and much more.
âIt is very moving to see all these talented musicians, who are stars to me, so willingly give of their time and their immense talents to make this show. I’m so excited that we can all do what we love to do together, make music for our audience, âsays Soliano.
âI have known all the artists who have performed for a long time and I have actually spent many years with each of them, some of whom I have even watched grow up. We’ve gone beyond being colleagues to becoming friends in the deepest way, so I’m looking forward to the musical conversations we’re going to see on the show.
A song for Louis will take place at Victoria Theater to May 14 with two shows at 6:00 p.m. SGT and 9:00 p.m. SGT. Tickets for the event are on sale at SIFA website and are priced at 58 USD and 68 USD.
The concert can also be viewed on June 5 to 12 via SIFA On Demand at 15 USD for an individual title or 60 SGD for an All-Access plan of 12.
If you are looking for a unique and innovative artistic experience, then The Observatory‘s Demonic states worth attending. Using virtual reality technology, the local rock and experimental group is set to virtually take audiences to various venues inspired by their upcoming music.
Produced in collaboration with a Japanese producer Koichi Shimizu, audiovisual artist Brandon Tay, theater maker Irfan Kasban, and stage artist Shawn chuaThe Observatory is said to explore the human psyche for the purpose of showing fear, anxiety and mental health disorders.
âThis work was born out of a period of physical and psychological confinement, testifying to the fear and anxiety that manifest in our psyche. It is a reflection of our current realities â, declares L’Observatoire, in an official press release.
Demonic states presents audiences with a reality test to face their inner demons through an immersive mixed reality experience that is believed to break hearts and minds. Recommended to be experienced alone, the program will contain a total of 4 installations taking place at The House of Arts and the Esplanade, each with a physical and VR aspect.
The installation will be done from May 19 to 30 with various details of time and place. For more information you can visit SIFA official website. Tickets for Demonic states are priced at 10 USD for two installations.
With the banality of everyday life, the city is the last thing we think of as art; corn The Invisible Opera is here to change that.
Created by an Australian artist Sophie brous in collaboration with award-winning performance creators Lara thoms and Samara Hersch, and choreographer Faye Driscoll, The Invisible Opera is a contemporary outdoor musical performance.
Playing the role of an invisible observer, the performance aims to show the audience the city in a whole new light, focusing on aspects of our surroundings that we rarely pay attention to. It allows the public to better understand the dynamics and the impact of the space it occupies.
âThe Invisible Opera aims to explore what we see and do not see in our public environments. He hopes to spark discussions about the dynamics of power and access in our public spaces, and who determines what is acceptable, how we act and what we do, âexplains Brous.
Premiere within the framework of SIFA 2021, The Invisible Opera will be played entirely remotely from Australia, broadcast by CCTV cameras and hidden microphones that map the movement of a bustling city in real time. The performance will include immersive sound design, electroacoustic orchestration, and live vocal performance.
More information on The Invisible Opera will be unveiled soon via SIFA official website.
Prepare for an artistic collision between the worlds of dance and music. The rhythm of us will see a groundbreaking collaborative performance between two of Singapore’s largest art companies – Singapore Dance Theater (SDT) and Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) – on the SIFA stage.
Taking three contemporary pieces, the performance is expected to take the audience on a lyrical journey through the wonders of live music and dance.
“We always try to balance the three pieces in terms of music, the qualities of the different works in terms of temperament and general appearance, as well as build a scale as the evening progresses”, explains the director. artistic development of SDT. Janek Schergen.
The rhythm of us will present three pieces choreographed by Schergen and Christina chan, as well as a special guest Pam tanowitz, and performed by the cellist Ng Pei Sian, principal dancer Chihiro Uchido, pianist and composer Chok Kerong, and an ensemble of musicians and dancers from SSO and SDT.
The concert will take place at Esplanade Theater of May 28 and May 29 To 8:00 p.m. SGT the two days. Tickets for the event are on sale at SIFA website and are priced at 78 USD and 88 USD.
The rhythm of us will also be available for viewing on June 5 to 12 via SIFA On Demand at 15 USD for an individual title or 60 SGD for an All-Access plan of 12.
SIFA will take place from May 14 to 30 with a myriad of performances, shows and programs over 16 days. For those who cannot attend the festival programs, the public will still be able to attend selected shows and screenings via SIFA on demand, a video on demand feature that will work from May 31 to June 12.
For more details and the full festival program, visit SIFA official website.