The Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) is back from May 20 to June 5, this time with a new festival concept – The Anatomy of Performance – that will carry it through the next three years. Helmed by new festival director Natalie Hennedige, the annual arts festival takes on new energy and dynamics with unique original commissions, new mediums of presentation, and stronger collaborations and international showcases.
This year's focus is Ritual, inviting audiences to consider shared social rituals through performance. The Anatomy of Performance – Ritual is organised through three layers of programming.
The first, Creation, represents SIFA's prime offerings, encompassing new commissions, fresh iterations of works by local and international artists in both physical and virtual spaces, and the presentation of works by outstanding international artists. A highlight here is SIFA's opening commission, MEPAAN, a breathtaking audiovisual journey through the nuances of SEA culture presented by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and Borneo cultural agency The Tuyang Initiative.
Life Profusion is a parallel virtual stage spanning five content categories: +DREAM, +EAT, +READ, +GROW, featuring a profusion of ideas, creative responses and handy resources emanating from the festival's works, expressed through written articles and audiovisual material. Not to be missed is the world premiere of science artist, filmmaker, inventor and body architect Lucy McRae's performance film Delicate Spells of Mind. You can now explore Life Profusion at sifa.sg/life-profusion.
Finally, SIFA X is the stage for more diverse and eclectic programming, taking place at Singapore's two other iconic arts hubs Goodman Arts Centre and Aliwal Arts Centre. Curated by SAtheCollective, it aims to offer a chance to enter a dreamlike mental state while awake through breathtaking performances by multidisciplinary artists.
For SIFA 2022’s full programming and ticketing information, visit sifa.sg.