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INTRODUCTION

SIFA X

HOUSE PROGRAMME

oneirism – Ceremony
Performance: 21 & 28 May, Sat & Sat
Exhibition: 22 – 27 May, Sun – Fri
Goodman Arts Centre

oneirism – Rituals
Performance: 27 May & 4 Jun, Fri & Sat
Exhibition: 28 May – 3 Jun, Sat – Fri
Aliwal Arts Centre

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Message from ED

Message from the Executive Director

It seems almost obvious that in the face of the incredible uncertainty of this current moment– that reclaiming and reaffirming the rituals of our daily lives has become ever more important as a bulwark against the shifting sands of contemporary existence. The constancy, history and repetitiveness of social rituals seem almost a comfort and source of solace.
 
For many of us, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is an annual ritual we all look forward to. This year, celebrate a long-awaited return to whatever new normal awaits us, the SIFA team will deliver bold new artistic experiences for everyone to enjoy,  safely of course.

AHL as the festival organiser is proud to have with us Natalie Hennedige to helm SIFA as Festival Director from 2022 to 2024. As a recipient of the National Arts Council Young Artist Award in 2007 and the JCCI Singapore Foundation Culture Award in 2010, Natalie is known for presenting progressive, cross-disciplinary work exploring contemporary issues.

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Tan Boon Hui

MESSAGE FROM FD

MESSAGE FROM THE FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

SIFA 2022 reflects a dissolution of categories or labels; to invite, instead, and adopt artistically fluid collaborations and collaborators, gathering within individual creations a range of artistic disciplines, practices and perspectives. The festival invites practitioners of vivid cultural hues from different walks of life to embrace a blending of genres, artistic disciplines and internationality – in performances made by artists with strong and unique perspectives – in the poly-dynamic and universal language of art.
 
This echoes the ways in which contemporary performance is being made in the world. Also, importantly, it reflects how our dialogue with each other on a human level requires nuance because we live in systems of such complexity, within a world having gone through serious bouts of illness and faced with pertinent social and political movements that continue to test our passions and challenge us. The performing arts, therefore, needs to be upheld as space for reflection, openness and nuanced creative articulation to be freely expressed.
 
It was important for me too that SIFA be a platform for originality, propelling artists and performance creation coming from Singapore, while imagining what a meaningful international dynamic looks like within our city's pinnacle performing arts festival.
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Natalie Hennedige

Message from the Curator

Message from the Curator

SIFA X oneirism speaks of rituals, connections between Humans, Nature, and Technology. The world was still very much in the COVID pandemic when I was entrusted with the task of producing, curating, and directing the work. I chose the theme of oneirism because of the beauty of what could have been, might have been and what could exist in the realms of both our physical world and in our dream state.

oneirism is an experience that I hope to bring audiences into worlds within the world that the artists have collectively created. It is a work that touches the deepest recesses of our souls, forgotten memories, emotions in our bodies and in the DNA that our ancestors have passed down to us. It pays homage to our cultures and the land that we are on.  

I was inspired by Miyazaki's Spirited Away and Kimi no Na Wa by Makoto Shinkai when I was creating oneirism. I am honoured to work with the wonderful artists and crew in putting together this work. Their dedication, the energies they bring, the worlds they build, and the synergies they form, birthed the state of oneirism.

I am extremely thankful that oneirism is presented at two places dear to my heart. I remember Goodman Arts Centre when it was still LASALLE College of the Arts. Even though I was not a LASALLE student, I spent time within the school compound chatting with students, many whom I am still working with after decades. The amphitheatre hosted many amazing performances by all different sorts of artists and I hope to bring some of that old energy back into the space.

Aliwal Arts Centre too has been a place where I have held many concerts, shows and productions. The space holds so many stories, from when it was still a school and now an arts centre.
 
The experience of working on oneirism has brought together the interdisciplinary artforms that SAtheCollective has been working on for years. Seeing it come into fruition brings forth so much positive energies that the world dearly needs in this time.
 
I hope oneirism will bring you through the worlds brought forth by the artists. Let us journey together through this state of oneirism.
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Andy Chia
Curator, oneirism
Artistic Director, SAtheCollective
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Andy Chia
Curator, oneirism
Artistic Director, SAtheCollective

oneirism Ceremony

oneirism Ceremony @ Goodman Arts Centre – Blk B

21 May 2022, Saturday
*7.30pm – 10pm

28 May 2022, Saturday
*7.31pm – 10.01pm

Opening Ceremony

Andy Chia
Bright Ong
P7:1SMA
Under the Bridge Collective with Sufri Juwahir

Closing Ceremony

Andy Chia
Bright Ong
P7:1SMA
Under the Bridge Collective with Sufri Juwahir

Tiramisu

deførmed

Roving Performance

Bright Ong, P7:1SMA and Under the Bridge Collective with Sufri Juwahir

Roving Performance

Bright Ong, P7:1SMA and Under the Bridge Collective with Sufri Juwahir

SAtheCollective

Randolf Arriola and Mohamed Noor

Roving Performance

Bright Ong, P7:1SMA and Under the Bridge Collective with Sufri Juwahir

Roving Performance

Bright Ong, P7:1SMA and Under the Bridge Collective with Sufri Juwahir

Stylish Nonsense (Bangkok)

NADA

Free Jam

Free Jam

22 – 27 May 2022, Sunday – Friday
11am – 7pm daily

Exhibition

Yellow Box by Ashley Chiam
Music by Vick Low

Free admission


*The start times for all performances at Goodman and Aliwal Arts Centres will vary from day to day to observe civil twilight timings. 

oneirism Ceremony

oneirism Ceremony @ Goodman Arts Centre – Blk B

21 May 2022, Saturday
*7.30pm – 10pm

Opening Ceremony

Andy Chia
Bright Ong
P7:1SMA
Under the Bridge Collective with Sufri Juwahir

Tiramisu

Roving Performance

Bright Ong, P7:1SMA and Under the Bridge Collective with Sufri Juwahir

SAtheCollective

Roving Performance

Bright Ong, P7:1SMA and Under the Bridge Collective with Sufri Juwahir

Stylish Nonsense (Bangkok)

Free Jam

22 – 27 May 2022, Sunday – Friday
11am – 7pm daily

Exhibition

Yellow Box by Ashley Chiam

Free admission


*The start times for all performances at Goodman and Aliwal Arts Centres will vary from day to day to observe civil twilight timings. 

28 May 2022, Saturday
*7.31pm – 10.01pm

Closing Ceremony

Andy Chia
Bright Ong
P7:1SMA
Under the Bridge Collective with Sufri Juwahir

deførmed

Roving Performance

Bright Ong, P7:1SMA and Under the Bridge Collective with Sufri Juwahir

Randolf Arriola and Mohamed Noor

Roving Performance

Bright Ong, P7:1SMA and Under the Bridge Collective with Sufri Juwahir

NADA

Free Jam

22 – 27 May 2022, Sunday – Friday
11am – 7pm daily

Exhibition

Yellow Box by Ashley Chiam
Music by Vick Low

Free admission


*The start times for all performances at Goodman and Aliwal Arts Centres will vary from day to day to observe civil twilight timings. 

oneirism Rituals

oneirism Rituals @ Aliwal Arts Centre – Multi-purpose Hall

27 May 2022, Friday
*7.31pm – 9.01pm

4 June 2022, Saturday
*7.32pm – 9.02pm

Opening Ceremony

Andy Chia
Andy Yang
Ezzam Rahman

Free admission

Closing Ceremony

Andy Chia
Andy Yang
Ezzam Rahman  

Free admission

28 May – 3 June 2022, Saturday – Friday
12pm – 8pm daily

Exhibition

Rituals by Andy Chia, Andy Yang and Ezzam Rahman

Free admission


*The start times for all performances at Goodman and Aliwal Arts Centres will vary from day to day to observe civil twilight timings.

oneirism Rituals

oneirism Rituals @ Aliwal Arts Centre – Multi-purpose Hall

27 May 2022, Friday
*7.31pm – 9.01pm

Opening Ceremony

Andy Chia
Andy Yang
Ezzam Rahman

Free admission

28 May – 3 June 2022, Saturday – Friday
12pm – 8pm daily

Exhibition

Rituals by Andy Chia, Andy Yang and Ezzam Rahman

Free admission


*The start times for all performances at Goodman and Aliwal Arts Centres will vary from day to day to observe civil twilight timings.

4 June 2022, Saturday
*7.32pm – 9.02pm

Closing Ceremony

Andy Chia
Andy Yang
Ezzam Rahman  

Free admission

28 May – 3 June 2022, Saturday – Friday
12pm – 8pm daily

Exhibition

Rituals by Andy Chia, Andy Yang and Ezzam Rahman

Free admission


*The start times for all performances at Goodman and Aliwal Arts Centres will vary from day to day to observe civil twilight timings.

CREDITS

Credits

SIFA X oneirism Team
Curator and Producer
Andy Chia
Creative Director and Artist
Ashley Chiam
Assistant Producer and Production Stage Manager
Jeannette Chong
Sound Engineer
Mark Spencer
Technical Vendors
BCube Live Sound and Production
Gworks Pte Ltd
Lighting Designer
Peter Chi
Director of Photography "The Guide"
Grace Baey
Make Up
Tinoq Russell Goh
using MAC Cosmetics and HABA Skincare
Hair
Dylan Chan
using Virtue Labs
SAtheCollective
Andy Chia
Govin Tan
Vick Low
Independent Musicians (duet)
Mohamed Noor
Randolf Arriola
Double Trouble
Andy Chia
Andy Yang
Ezzam Rahman
Tiramisu
Vocalist
Rizman Putra
Guitarist
Keith Su
Mohd Rahmat Suliman
Bassist
Noor Azlan Bin Misnan
Drummer
Syed Ahmad Shafiq
Sound Designer
Safuan Johari
NADA
Vocalist
Rizman Putra
Sound Designer
Safuan Johari
deførmed
Abdul Hakiim Bin Muhamad Hamin
Ian Pereira
Khoo Shen-en
Kwan ZhiHao John Paul
Under the Bridge Collective
Choreographer
Mohamad Sufri Bin Juwahir
Dancers
Ahmad Kamil Bin Almahdi Al-Haj
Gianti Giadi
Khairul Shahrin Bin Muhamad Johry
Li Ruimin
P7:1SMA
Manager
Hasyimah Harith
Artistic Director and Choreographer
Norhaizad Adam
Manager and Performer
Muhammad Hariz Bakri
Performers
Ismail Jemaah
Syarifuddin Sahari
Syimah Sabtu
Stylish Nonsense
Wannarit Pongprayoon
Yuthana Kalambeheti
Beast
built at Imaginator Studios
Puppetry Artist
Bright Ong
Puppetry Assistant
Ramzie bin Tahar
Exhibition "Rituals" (Aliwal Arts Centre)
Andy Chia
Andy Yang
Ezzam Rahman
Exhibition "Yellow Box" (Goodman Arts Centre)
Ashley Chiam

Music by
Vick Low

BIOGRAPHIES

Biographies

Andy Chia
Director, Artist/Musician, Producer
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He is the first professionally trained Chinese flutist in Singapore and the first non-native Chinese to receive a Masters of Arts in dizi performance from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music as a National Arts Council scholar...

Ashley Chiam
Creative Director & Artist
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Born in 1983, Ashley Chiam  is a creative with a background in visual merchandising, interior and retail design. After more than a decade in various companies, and a brief stint in Hong Kong, he returned to Singapore...

Andy Yang
Multi-Disciplinary Artist
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Andy Yang was born in Malaysia in 1973. He is a multi-disciplinary artist known for his abstract visual and sound experimentations. His explorations between visual art and music led him to the creation of works under...

Bright Ong
Performance-Maker, Director, Puppetry Creative
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Bright Ong is a multidisciplinary performance-maker, director and a puppetry creative. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Geography with a Minor in Theatre Studies. Specialising in theatre and puppetry...


deførmed
Music Producer
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deførmed (Abdul Hakiim) is an experimental, exploratory high-energy electronic-based music producer. He enjoys playing with many foreign ideas, combining it with other ideas unlikely to end up sounding...


Ezzam Rahman
Multi-Disciplinary Artist
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Born in 1981, Ezzam Rahman is a multi-disciplinary artist known for his interest in the body and the use of common, easily accessible, yet unconventional media in his art practice. Working across sculpture, installation...


Mohamed Noor
Musician
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Growing up in a musical family, Mohamed Noor started his musical journey at the age of five. His desire and love of music have inspired him to play a great variety of musical instruments. Having to play a wide...


NADA
Visual Arts/Sound Project
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NADA is a visual arts and sound project that explores the myth and synthetic history of a fabricated group of the same name focusing on the excavation of Malay and Southeast Asian traditional music and popular culture.


P7:1SMA
Performer
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P7:1SMA (pronounced as PRISMA) refers to prism in Malay. The letter 'R' and 'I' is replaced with 7:1 to symbolise the optical element of the triangular prism. Light is reflected...


Randolf Arriola
Musician
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Randolf Arriola is a Singaporean musician of international acclaim with over 30 years of professional experience in performance, recordings, production, broadcast and technology.


SAtheCollective (SA)
Music Ensemble
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SAtheCollective (SA) is an experimental and ritualistic music ensemble currently comprising of Andy Chia, Vick Low and Govin Tan. The ensemble draws energies and inspiration from the land of Southeast Asia...


Stylish Nonsense
Performer
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Stylish Nonsense is a band from the parallel world of Bangkok with a long line of history led by two of the founders of Panda Records, Wannarit Pongprayoon and Yuthana Kalambaheti...


Sufri Juwahir
Dancer, Choreographer
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Sufri Juwahir (b. 1983) is a dancer and choreographer. He was originally trained in Hip-Hop and was part of a street dance group (B.A'D) in the early 2000s. Throughout the years of winning dance competitions...


Tiramisu
Performer
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Formed in 1998, Tiramisu started out as a mere project by five art school students brandishing a clown rock jamboree with devastated disco discontent. Tiramisu’s balance of kitsch and cock rock...

ABOUT SIFA & AHL

About SIFA

As Singapore's annual pinnacle performing arts festival, the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) presents captivating and diverse works across theatre, music, dance, film and visual arts. First launched as the Singapore Festival of Arts in 1977, the festival has gone through several evolutions and inspired generations of arts lovers and practitioners.  
 
Under the helm of Festival Director Natalie Hennedige from 2022 to 2024, SIFA will focus on performance and creation in the physical and online space, around the theme The Anatomy of Performance.
 
Today, the highly anticipated festival is a high point on Singapore's arts and cultural calendar. SIFA continues its festival mission to champion the creation and presentation of Singaporean and international works.

About Arts House Limited

Arts House Limited (AHL) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to enriching lives through the arts. AHL is the cultural place manager of Singapore’s Civic District. It manages two key national monuments – The Arts House, a multidisciplinary arts centre with a focus on literary programming, and the Victoria Theatre & Victoria Concert Hall, a heritage building that is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. It also runs performing arts space Drama Centre as well as three creative enclaves for artists, arts groups and creative businesses - the Goodman Arts CentreAliwal Arts Centre and Stamford Arts Centre.

AHL organises the Singapore International Festival of Arts – an annual pinnacle performing arts festival; as well as the Singapore Writers Festival – a multilingual festival presenting the world’s leading literary talents. In addition, AHL manages Our Cultural Medallion Story – the showcase on Singapore’s Cultural Medallion recipients at The Arts House.

AHL was set up in 11 December 2002 as a public company limited by guarantee under the National Arts Council and was officially renamed Arts House Limited on 19 March 2014. For more information, visit https://artshouselimited.sg/

Special Thanks To

Festival Sponsors
Official Hotel

Official Logistics Partner

Official Outdoor Media Partner
Official Airline

Festival Donors
Jeremy Lee
Mr & Mrs Victor & Michelle Sassoon

FESTIVAL PARTNERS

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