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The Singapore International festival of Arts (SIFA) returns this year with 20 productions for its main festival and 43 programmes for its pre-festival of ideas – The O.P.E.N.

Running from 11 August to 17 September 2016, SIFA returns this year with an extensive range of brand new works focusing on the international arts scene. Its pre-festival public engagement initiative, The O.P.E.N. (Open, Participate, Engage, Negotiate), will be presented over eight platforms from 22 June to 9 July 2016.

SIFA: Potentialities

This year, SIFA moves towards becoming a creations Festival, with a total of 15 new creations by major and emerging artists from both the international and local domain; with eight productions involving close collaborations between Singaporean artists and international artists. Centred on the theme of POTENTIALITIES (the potential to develop in the future and transform society), the productions this year will explore the grey area between Potential and its actual realisation – where the unknown gives forth to infinite possibilities.

Potentialities will be considered in five trajectories – Innovation, Individual, New space-time relationships, Future visions of the world and Found potentialities:

Tropical Traumas for 720 @Brian Gothong Tan

With Innovation, established artists will break the “rules” of the art they have mastered and move into unchartered territories, pushing themselves to explore beyond. For instance, one of Singapore’s most talented contemporary artists today, Brian Gothong Tan, will create a new multimedia performance – Tropical Traumas: A Series of Cinematographic Choreographies in Ron Arad’s 720° outdoor video installation.

The Sardono Retrospective @@Sardono_W._Kusumo(Portrait Preferred)

Southeast Asian art is also celebrated in The Sardono Retrospective, which features a major restropective of regional dance master, Sardono W. Kusumo experiences in three different presentations – Expanded Cinema, Solo Live Painting and Black Sun.

Individual trajectories with tradition are also examined with a creations piece by Checkpoint Theatre – The Last Bull: A Life in Flamenco; which centres on the life of 75-year-old Antonio Vargas, one of the world’s leading Flamenco dancer-choreographers who is now based in Singapore.

Time Between Us 7@Marino Balbuena

New space-time relationships with audiences will also be explored in Fernando Rubio’s Time Between Us. For five days, over 108 hours, audiences can visit an individual in a house specially designed and constructed for the Festival. Award-winning actor and director, Oliver Chong will be the storyteller, and star as an individual who has chosen to find new relationships in the world by leaving his past behind.

Wu Man Borderlands @Wind Music

Lastly, Found potentialities include Borderlands by Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route, featuring a new concert that explores the rich musical traditions of China and Central Asia.

Sandaime Richard@Gembong Hardian

In a witty satire of power, Sadaime Richard by Hideki Noda and SIFA Festival Director, Ong Keng Sen imagines Shakespeare on trial for falsifying history to celebrate his 400th death anniversary.

The O.P.E.N.

As for The O.P.E.N., audiences will get to further discover what individuals are doing in the world through pop, fashion, performance, clubbing, photojournalism and film. Programmes happening at The O.P.E.N. are not limited to the genres of dance, theatre, music and visual art.

Some of the highlights at The O.P.E.N. include the following:

Perhat_Khaliq_Credit_Mukaddas Mijit

Uyghur rock star, Perhat Khaliq, who attracted public attention with his participation in The Voice of China, will set off an electrifying start to The O.P.E.N. as he performs with his band Qetiq in both Uyghur and Mandarin.

Models Never Talk@Vincent Lappartient

Olivier Saillard, one of fashion’s premier curators and the Director of the Musée Galliera in Paris will be putting up a performance he designed to give runway models a voice in Models Never Talk.


Ibsen: Ghosts

Documentary in performance is also explored with Markus&MarkusIbsen: Ghosts, featuring a radical performance on euthanasia focused on 81-year-old Margot who chooses her individual path to the very end. The award-winning three-part film, Arabian Nights Trilogy directed by Miguel Gomes, which will be the opening film to kick off the range of other films set to premiere at The O.P.E.N.


Tickets for SIFA is available for purchase starting today, 8 April 2016 at all SISTIC outlets and online. Early Bird tickets is available till 8 May 2016 and will offer 20 percent off all ticket purchases. SIFA Bundles will be available from 9 May 2016 onwards, offering 20 percent off ticket purchases for a minimum of four SIFA productions.

For the first time ever, SIFA is introducing an O.P.E.N. Pass that grants access to all programmes with the purchase of just one single ticket. The O.P.E.N Pass is going at SGD 45 (for all programmes) and the O.P.E.N Concession Pass going at SGD 25 for all Singapore and International students, NSFs and seniors aged 55 and above. The O.P.E.N Single Entry Ticket is going at SGD 10 and is applicable only to exhibition, films, talks, salons and Club Malam only.

O.P.E.N. Pass holders will also automatically be a SIFA Friend and enjoy 25 percent discount on tickets purchased for SIFA 2016 productions. The Best Friend! SIFA Friend deal is valid through 17 September 2016, with the last day to qualify as a SIFA Friend on 9 July 2016.

All SIFA and O.P.E.N. Pass ticket holders are also entitled to a variety of discounts at Food and Beverage outlets including MEMO Bar, Saveur (various outlets), The Fabulous Baker Boy and more.

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