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    Goodbye SIFA 2017... the midnight farewell at Lizard On The Wall, The Film

    Posted on September 18, 2017 / Comments

    Marking the end of SIFA 2017 under Founding Festival Director Ong Keng Sen, the Red Carpet Gala: Lizard On The Wall event was bound to feel slightly surreal. The evening started out on a triumphant note. A palpable buzz and excitement was in the air, and the crowd had already started filling up the Projector an hour before the opening. 

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    Trojan Women, by National Theater of Korea

    Posted on September 11, 2017 / Comments

    Trojan Women really is about raw emotion, though—it’s a highly charged tsunami of grief, with none of the pomo intellectual posturing that director Ong Keng Sen loves so much. From the get-go, it’s all about these doomed women in white on stage, raising their hands to the heavens and bewailing their fate to be enslaved after the war, losing hope after hope as the Greeks refuse them even the mercy of allowing their last infant prince to be left un-murdered…

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    Letting the World Flood Through: Notes from The Lav Diaz Retrospective

    Posted on September 11, 2017 / Comments

    The Lav Diaz Retrospective was programmed with the curious choice of not screening any of his films in their full duration. Rather, it took audiences on a search to surface moments of serendipity with the filmmaker, through sharing sessions with Diaz in The Making of Enchanted Moments, where selected scenes from previous films were screened, as well as a visit to the open film set of Henrico’s Farm, Diaz’s latest production with shooting locations in Singapore.

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    Germinal By Halory Goerger, Antoine Defoort

    Posted on September 10, 2017 / Comments

    Here, on a seemingly malfunctioning stage, Germinal presents the entirety of civilisation. With small detours for comedy no less. It is that ambitious. And in its own (deliberately) bumbling way, it succeeds in spades.

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    Vegetative State by Manuela Infante

    Posted on September 08, 2017 / Comments

    By far, the show with most intriguing lead publicity visual, I had no idea what I was getting myself into with Vegetative State, but I was definitely intrigued by a photo of person standing in a flowerpot, bending over a table, her head stuck through the bottom of another flower pot. It’s like the odd (apparently interactive) flower windmill thing at Changi Airport Terminal 3, only with feeling.

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    Everyone's A Critic: Trojan Women

    Posted on September 08, 2017 / Comments


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    Art Studio, by Nine Years Theatre, Nelson Chia & Yeng Pway Ngon

    Posted on September 08, 2017 / Comments

    This is a national novel of sorts, after all: a Singapore story. It deserves an audience greater than the niche customer base of Grassroots Book Room and City Book Room. It’s only right that it be told on a national stage to a community of Singaporean and non-Singaporean theatregoers. Not just at this national festival, either—this is a work that I’d like to see return as part of our theatre repertoire.

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    MARK by Daniel Kok

    Posted on September 07, 2017 / Comments

    Under a canopy of fluttering Singapore flag banners flags at the perpetual wind tunnel that is the National Library Building plaza, and then amid the promise of Singapore’s youth legally making street art, then again with a backdrop of the Singapore skyline, Chanel and Gucci at the Event Plaza of Marina Bay Sands, MARK might be the patriotic spectacle that the National Day Parade wished it was. Except it isn’t. Except it is. 

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    And so you see… our honourable blue sky and ever enduring sun… can only be consumed slice by slice…

    Posted on September 07, 2017 / Comments

    Which is not to say And So You See… is all serious and poetic beauty. Khoza, you see, is a DIVA, of the stage. He sings in a gorgeous falsetto, he’s gloriously enigmatic, he commands attention like no other. He’s also sensual, he also knows exactly what is sexy about himself and he’s also wonderfully camp and funny.

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    The Nature Museum, by the Institute of Critical Zoologists

    Posted on September 07, 2017 / Comments

    Roll up, roll up, and welcome to The Nature Museum, the planet’s most prodigious wunderkammer of weird Singaporean natural history!

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    Interview with Balli Kaur Jaswal, novelist behind Lizard on the Wall

    Posted on September 06, 2017 / Comments

    SIFA’s closing event this year is Lizard on the Wall, a new 60-minute film directed by K Rajagopal and produced by Fran Borgia of Akanga Film Asia, to be screened at The Projector on Saturday at midnight! The film’s inspired by Inheritance, a 2013 novel by Balli Kaur Jaswal chronicling the lives of a Sikh Singaporean family from the 1970s to 90s. I happen to be doing a Creative Writing PhD in the same class as her at NTU, so I grabbed her for an interview.

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    Trojan Women: An Interview with Ong Keng Sen

    Posted on September 04, 2017 / Comments

    Ong Keng Sen’s Trojan Women opens in Singapore on 7 September, and I’m pretty stoked! The show’s had great reviews during its Korea run, thanks to its innovative blend of Greek tragedy, Korean opera and K-pop. It’ll be a bittersweet event, though, since it also marks the end of Keng Sen’s four-year tenure as Festival Director. With this in mind, I sat down with Keng Sen for an interview at the lobby bar of Rendezvous Hotel, next door to SOTA, where he was in rehearsal.

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    Everyone's a Critic: The Nature Museum

    Posted on September 01, 2017 / Comments


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    Everyone's a Critic: MARK

    Posted on August 31, 2017 / Comments

    Presenting to you the thoughts of the public who joined us at MARK - a chance encounter with dance-in-the-city, at The Plaza, National Library Building. If you missed out the first two shows of MARK, fret not! We still have 2 more shows happening at the Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza on 31 Aug and 2 Sep, 5.30pm. Interesting! It felt like I was witnessing something personal &....

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    Dragonflies, by Pangdemonium

    Posted on August 28, 2017 / Comments

    I think we’re all agreed that Dragonflies is a pretty fine work, and I’ve a feeling Pangdemonium will stage it beyond SIFA! Nevertheless—fair warning!—this is going to be a SPOILER REVIEW, because I really wanna talk about the final scene of this play.

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