Singapore International Festival of Arts 2018
Open call for proposals: Monuments series
Monuments are shared spaces where people have come together and now reflect a collective consciousness. As vestiges of national memories and meaning, monuments play pivotal roles in contributing to this shared identity.
To date, there are 72 buildings that have been gazetted as National Monuments (refer to roots.sg) -- some for their historic, cultural and traditional importance; others for their archaeological, architectural, artistic or symbolic significance. These monuments represent significant markers in Singapore’s history, and they include government and civic institutions; military and world war II sites; medical and commercial buildings; schools, residences as well as places of worship.
SIFA 2018 invites artists to be part of an exciting project - creating site-specific works at one of these National Monuments. The works can be performances, readings, installations and exhibitions. These works can, for instance, investigate and uncover the social narratives and personal stories that are embedded in these monuments. They may also seek to engage with communities who are still inhabiting the space or bring forth new perspectives. For full details, click here.
Concept proposals in any art form should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions have to be received by 14 Aug 2017.
Festival Director Designate
Gaurav Kripalani is Festival Director designate of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) and will helm the festival for a tenure of three festivals from 2018 till 2020.
Formerly the artistic director of Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT), Gaurav has produced over 100 plays during his 21-year history with the company. Under Gaurav’s artistic direction, SRT was the first Singaporean theatre company on Broadway in 1998. This was for Golden Child, which went on to earn three Tony Award nominations. SRT has presented work by several renowned international artistes including Ninagawa, Complicite, Peter Brook, Yael Farber and the Royal Shakespeare Company to name a few.
SRT was also a co-commissioning partner on the Bridge Project - a three-year, Sam Mendes-directed collaboration between The Old Vic in London and BAM in New York. Gaurav has commissioned and produced several original Singaporean plays and musicals, including the highly successful Forbidden City. Known for his bold artistic vision, Gaurav championed the use of outdoor spaces and originated productions of Singapore's own Shakespeare in the Park - where local and international actors, producers and set designers come together annually to bring Shakespeare to life. He also recognises the importance of arts education, with SRT being one of the biggest commissioners and producers of children’s theatre in Southeast Asia. Gaurav continues as director of SRT during his three-year tenure with SIFA.