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SIFA 2022: The Anatomy of Performance – Ritual

20 May, 2022 5 Jun, 2022

Returning from 20 May to 5 June with the title The Anatomy of Performance – Ritual, the 2022 festival features new commissioned works by a mix of local and international artists. From today, audiences may also begin their SIFA 2022 journey through the new virtual venue, Life Profusion

Life Profusion programmes begin with +EAT – a series of seasonal capsules curated by local tastemakers Syndicate that deliver digital content across music, moving images and digital arts. Scheduled to be released regularly, +EAT will feature new inter-disciplinary collaborations, experimentations and a cross-pollination between artists, designers and creatives of various disciplines and backgrounds. The first capsule will include releases by local musician and illustrator Anise, and a debut three-way collaboration between CyberCesspool, Claude Glass and deførmed. Other digital programmes under Life Profusion include: +DREAM, +READ, +GROW, +DISCUSS; They are designed to expand, organise, and deepen the profusion of ideas and artistry radiating from the festival. 

As a key platform for local and international artists of varied disciplines and perspectives to collaborate and exchange ideas, SIFA 2022 is the catalyst for creative intersections and bold artistic innovation. 

Examples of collaborations are evident in the headlining commissions:

  • SIFA’s opening commission, MEPAAN, presents a visually arresting sonic journey by Singapore Chinese Orchestra and Borneo cultural agency, The Tuyang Initiative, reaching into the wellspring of spiritual and cultural nuance embedded in Southeast Asian culture
  • Ceremonial Enactments by MAX.TAN, Nadi Singapura and Bhaskar’s Arts Academy weaves together three re-enactments of culturally specific customs and rites from birth to weddings, bringing a sensorial awakening that celebrates these local rituals in contemporary performance imaginings.
  • The Once and Future presents an expanded cinema experience by lauded Singaporean filmmaker and Young Artist Award recipient Yeo Siew Hua, paired with live music from musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
  • Remotes X Quantum stems from a collaboration between playwright Eleanor Wong and Philippines-based John Torres that marries film and installation. 
  • Expanding to the international sphere, The Neon Hieroglyph by British artist and 2019 Turner Prize Winner Tai Shani makes a new iteration of her work for SIFA performed by Malaysian actress Jo Kukathas charting a speculative history of ergot, a fungus that grows on common grains.
  • Bangsawan Gemala Malam by Teater Ekamatra, a reimagination of Shakespeare’s classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the resplendent traditional artform of Bangsawan.

Singapore International Festival of Arts 2022 is organised by Arts House Limited (AHL) and commissioned by the National Arts Council (NAC).

Singapore International Festival of Arts 2022 is organised by Arts House Limited (AHL) and commissioned by the National Arts Council (NAC).


Early bird tickets for SIFA 2022, which offers audiences savings of 20%, go on sale from 22 February 2022 8.00pm to 31 March 2022 11.59pm on sifa.sg.

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Fri May 20
Sun Jun 5


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