Early this month, the Esplanade, Singapore Festival of Arts (SIFA), and Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) were among the few from the local arts community to roll out live small-scale performances as part of a pilot scheme by the National Arts Council. Venues such as the Esplanade’s Outdoor Theatre, Victoria Concert Hall, and Drama Box welcomed back 50 members of the public since the circuit breaker started in April.
These trial performances were organised to aid Singapore’s arts and culture sector in experiencing and anticipating the progressive resumption of physical live shows as we inch closer to Phase 3. As announced by the Health Ministry (MOH) on October 20, live performances can resume from November 1 at designated venues with up to two zones for a maximum of 50 audiences each. So, what does it look like behind the doors of the city’s major arts hubs?
Like visiting museums and dining in restaurants, catching a live show during the ‘new norm’ will never be the same again. To find out what we can expect, we chat with Rachelle Tan, the Esplanade’s Director, Venues and Planning, and Gaurav Kripalani, Festival Director of Singapore International Festival of Arts. Here's hoping for more live performances soon.