Podcast 28: SIFA 2017 Part 2; International Shows

Duration: 33 mins

Hot on the heels of our first podcast on Singapore International Festival of Arts 2017, which focused on the festival’s Singaporean commissions, the second part of our podcast recap zooms in on the international productions, which all saw their Asia-Pacific premieres at the festival.

In studio, Chan Sze-Wei, Shawn Chua, Felipe Cervera, Naeem Kapadia, Matt Lyon and Kathy Rowland share their thoughts on three of these performances: Guilty Landscapes III by Dries Verhoeven, Germinal by Halory Goerger, Antoine Defoort (L’amicale de production) and And So You See… Our Honourable Blue Sky And Ever Enduring Sun… Can Only Be Consumed Slice By Slice… by Robyn Orlin, performed by Albert Ibokwe Khoza.

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Selected Reviews:

Germinal by Halory Goerger, Antoine Defoort (L’amicale de production)

“SIFA 2017: Germinal by Halory Goerger, Antoine Defoort (Review)” (bakchormeeboy)

“Creative Destruction” by Cheong Suk-Wai (The Straits Times)

“Review: Germinal Sheds a Light on Creativity and All Creation” by Ben Brantley (The New York Times)

Germinal” by Molly Grogan (Exeunt Magazine)

Germinal: Metaphysical Magnificence” by Naeem Kapadia (ArtsEquator)

Guilty Landscapes III by Dries Verhoeven

“The Viewer Becomes the Viewed” by Akshita Nanda (The Straits Times)

“Review: Sifa 2017’s Guilty Landscapes Iii Is a Pointed Examination of the Politics of Seeing” Rachel Tay (City Nomads)

“The Easy Trigger of Guilty Landscapes III” by Chan Sze-Wei (ArtsEquator)

And So You See… Our Honourable Blue Sky And Ever Enduring Sun… Can Only Be Consumed Slice By Slice… by Robyn Orlin

And So You See…: The Irrational is in the Eye of the Beholder” by Felipe Cervera (ArtsEquator)

“SIFA 2017: And So You See… By Robyn Orlin (Review)” (bakchormeeboy)

“Body of work about post-apartheid South Africa” by Germaine Cheng (The Straits Times)

“Robyn Orlin proposes debate and confrontation – review” by Ezekiel Oliveira (FiveLines)

“Six – or more – Degrees of Otherness: Part 2” by Karthika Nair (DanceUmbrella UK)

“IJzersterke, gelaagde solo met rasperformer Albert Ibokwe Khoza.” (JuliDans, in Dutch with English translation provided)

Podcast Guest Felipe Cervera is currently completing a PhD in Theatre Studies at the National University of Singapore. He holds an MA in Drama by Practice-as-Research from the University of Kent (UK), and a BA in Dramatic Literature from UNAM (Mexico). His essays have appeared in Investigación Teatral, Performance Research, Performance Philosophy, and Theatre Research International. As an actor and director, he has worked in Mexico, UK, and Singapore.

Podcast Guest Naeem Kapadia is a finance lawyer and passionate advocate of the arts. He has acted in and directed student drama productions in both London and Singapore. He has been writing about theatre for over a decade on his personal blog Crystalwords and publications such as London student newspaper The Beaver, Singapore arts journal The Flying Inkpot and Singapore daily newspaper TODAY. Naeem enjoys cooking, travel and running.

Podcast Guest Chan Sze-Wei stepped into a dance class for a university P.E. requirement, and hasn’t stopped dancing since. Blending conceptual, interactive, improvisatory and cross-cultural approaches for theatres, public spaces, performance installation and film, her work is often intimate and sometimes invasively personal, reaching for social issues, identity and gender. Her work has been shown in Singapore, the UK, Indonesia, Laos, Taiwan, Croatia, Brazil and the USA.

Podcast Guest Shawn Chua is a researcher at The Necessary Stage. He holds an MA in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Arts Scholarship (Postgraduate).

About the author(s)

Kathy Rowland is the Managing Editor of ArtsEquator.com, a registered charity that she co-founded with Jenny Daneels in 2016. The site is dedicated to supporting and promoting arts criticism with a regional perspective in Southeast Asia. Kathy has worked in the arts for over 25 years, working in the areas of critical writing and arts advocacy, with a special interest in media platforms for the arts. She is the Project Lead for ArtsEquator’s Southeast Asian Arts and Culture Censorship Documentation Project, launched in 2021. She has written extensively on censorship of arts and culture in Malaysia. She was a member of the International Programme Advisory Committee of the 8th World Summit on Arts and Culture, 2019.

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