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    Want to be a cast in Lizard On The Wall? We’ve got your burning questions answered!

    Posted on May 15, 2017 / Comments

    SIFA 2017 is set to be our most participatory edition yet, and perhaps you’ve already heard that The O.P.E.N. audiences will get a rare opportunity to be part of the cast in award-winning auteur K. Rajagopal’s latest film, Lizard On The Wall, which is inspired by Balli Kaur Jaswal's novel "Inheritance". The completed film will premiere at an exciting red carpet gala at SIFA 2017.

    If you’re not sure what to expect from this unique experience, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know.

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    The final season: enchantment

    Posted on April 25, 2017 / Comments

    With this season, we can finally see a connecting thread to SIFA’s journey over the last four years. Enchantment finally makes that creative leap of faith, with its attitude of wonder and ethical generosity. Enchantment is about the ways we can access this “secret of lightness” in our lives – be it laughter, wit, compassion and generosity. 

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    In Conversation: Curator of O.P.E.N. Film, Tan Bee Thiam

    Posted on April 04, 2017 / Comments

    To wrap up this series of interviews, we catch up with Bee Thiam, the curator of this year's O.P.E.N. Film, to have a quick chat. Read on to find out more about his thoughts on all things film and Enchantment!

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    In Conversation: Director of The O.P.E.N., Noorlinah Mohamed

    Posted on March 31, 2017 / Comments

    In the second installment of our interview series, we meet up with Noorlinah, Director of The O.P.E.N. for a candid conversation on food, family and the arts.

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    In Conversation: SIFA Festival Director, Ong Keng Sen

    Posted on March 28, 2017 / Comments

    In this three-part interview series, I head behind the scenes along with fellow interns Anusha and Yuen Ting to have a quick chat with the people behind SIFA 2017.  

    To kickstart the series, here's a conversation I had with our Festival Director, Keng Sen.

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    An enchanting year awaits!

    Posted on February 21, 2017 / Comments

    Beginning in 2014 (Legacies), the spotlight was on international artists. In 2015, SIFA (Post-Empires) celebrated SG50 with a focus on Singapore. Thereafter, 2016 (Potentialities) returned once again to the international, highlighting international commissions and co-productions with MOMA, Lincoln Centre, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. In 2017, the spotlight blazes on Singapore artists and ordinary Singaporeans who take the international platform with their ideas and their performances in a year that....

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    SIFA 2016: Final Thoughts

    Posted on October 02, 2016 / Comments

    It’s been almost three weeks since this year’s SIFA ended (say bye-bye to the interns above!), and everyone’s been saying it’s been a success. We’ve had daring themes, sold-out shows and a marked increase in attendance—155,000 visitors, baby! Hot damn! So ten out of ten, would eat again, right?

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    The Best of SIFA 2016 (according to a completely subjective critic)

    Posted on September 30, 2016 / Comments

    I think the usual practice during a wrap-up is to list our favourite shows, no? I’m gonna include The O.P.E.N.’s offerings here too. And this is completely subjective—some folks were completely bowled over by Ibsen: Ghosts and Five Easy Pieces, and while I enjoyed and appreciated them etc, I’ve realised they weren’t actually my faves.

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    Interview with Benedict Leong, SIFA video interviewer

    Posted on September 27, 2016 / Comments

    I know the talk of the town is how the CEO of the Arts House, Lee Chor Lin, is stepping down in December. But the story I’ve been wanting to use to wrap up this blog is an interview with an interviewer: that young man in skinny jeans who’s been accosting audience members for Q&As in front of a giant video camera after every show.

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    Time Between Us: the Live Streaming Archive

    Posted on September 25, 2016 / Comments

    Just in case you want a flavour of Oliver Chong's five days in limbo, SIFA has archived his live streaming sessions on YouTube!

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    Posted on September 24, 2016 / Comments

    And now, finally, at long last, we’ve come to the review of the final show of SIFA 2016… Now, I’d complained before that Borderlands didn’t make for a grand enough closing to mark the end of this festival. And I still stand by my view that it’s fundamentally a work in progress rather than a triumphant masterwork. But there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s rather to its credit that....

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    Five Easy Pieces’s R18 rating: last thoughts

    Posted on September 23, 2016 / Comments

    I’ve been thinking about Five Easy Pieces lately. Partly because it’s been mentioned in an odd little South China Morning Post piece—Provocative shows at Singapore arts festival stretch boundaries of censorship!—and partly because an NUS student did an interview with me the R18 rating.

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    A Letter / Singapore, by Bill T. Jones: The Talkback

    Posted on September 22, 2016 / Comments

    Since I attended the premiere of A Letter / Singapore, I got to sit in on the talkback, held hours before Jones and his husband flew back to NYC. A lot of what he said went into my review, but some of it diverged pretty wildly from my impressions of the work.

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    A Letter / Singapore, by Bill T. Jones

    Posted on September 21, 2016 / Comments

    There’s a lotta background to this work, so let’s get through that before we do a review. The first incarnation of this piece was A Letter to My Nephew, staged in the French town of Douai in 2015 and later reprised in Paris and New York. It’s specifically addressed to Jones’s nephew Lance Briggs, who was also a gay man and a dancer, but whose life later collapsed in....

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    Exit Interview with Oliver Chong, survivor of Time Between Us

    Posted on September 20, 2016 / Comments

    As I've said, one of the most remarkable shows of this year's SIFA was the five-day durational performance-cum-installation Time Between Us, conceptualised by Fernando Rubio and performed by Oliver Chong.

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