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     FrontPage Edition: Thu 10 April 2008

Singapore Arts Festival 2008


Singapore Arts Festival 2008
23 May – 22 June 2008
The Singapore Arts Festival unveiled the details for its 22nd edition programme today.
Organised by the National Arts Council, the Festival runs over four weeks, and features more than 1,800 artists from 27 countries performing in 25 main productions and over 400 free performances, exhibitions and special events under its Outreach programme.
The line-up includes 7 new commissions (with 2 world premieres), 8 Asian premieres and 3 international co-commissions. Known for its innovative programming and brokering role in promoting international collaborations, this year’s Festival takes artists and audiences on a journey of creative adventures and unique discoveries.
“We are excited to present new finds and artists from emerging regions of Asia and Europe who are making their first major international festival debut. We are also proud of our new commissions by both experienced and emergent artists from Singapore. Three among them are already set to travel to international destinations. We remain firm in our faith in supporting, discovering and promoting young talent, and championing new works as an important mark of a worthy festival. I invite audiences to come to the Festival to be surprised, engaged, and to expect the unexpected,” said Goh Ching Lee, Director for the Singapore Arts Festival.
Singapore Commissions and Artists in Focus
Singapore’s homegrown artists will take centrestage in this year’s Festival. For the first time, three Singapore works commissioned by the Festival have received the support of three international festivals.
The King Lear Project: A Trilogy by Ho Tzu Nyen and Fran Borgia and Temple by Cake Theatrical Productions will be shown respectively at Brussels’s Kunstenfestivaldesarts in May and Naples’s Napoli Teatro Festival Italia in June this year.
awaking, a production conceived and directed by Ong Keng Sen with composer Qu Xiao Song, musicians from the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Musicians of the Globe and The Northern Kunqu Opera Theatre, will also travel to the Edinburgh International Festival in the near future. Another Festival co-commission Drift by Drama Box (Singapore) and Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre (China) will come to the Festival following its successful premiere at the Singapore Season in China in 2007.
A fresh cohort of artists will be making their debuts in the Festival’s development and showcase platforms for Singapore’s next generation of artists.
Forward Moves, will present its third edition with three female dance creators Ebelle Chong, Joavien Ng and Neo Hong Chin. Full Frontal, the platform for theatre talent, will feature ZiZi Azah in her directorial debut of a classic text Rhinoceros at the Festival. Three dramaturges, namely Tang Fu Kuen, Robin Loon, and Kok Heng Leun, have been appointed to support the creative process under these two platforms.
Not forgetting rising young classical music soloists, the Singapore Festival Orchestra’s Festival Fantasia will feature Singapore violinist Tang Tee Khoon, and Chinese pianist Shen Wenyu, who made history as the youngest prize winner in the Queen Elizabeth Competition in 2003.
The repertoire includes Cherish, a Festival commission by Singapore composer Tan Chan Boon, who will be celebrating 30 years of his musical career as a composer.
Homegrown composer Ho Chee Kong will be contributing his new work Shades of Oil Lamps to the list of 20th century masterpieces performed by the London Sinfonietta (United Kingdom).
Meanwhile, Singapore’s flagship dance company Singapore Dance Theatre marks its 20th anniversary this year with Continuum, a triple bill featuring fresh contemporary works of Euro-American choreographers’ creations.

Source: News Release 10 Apr 2008

Related Article:
- Singapore Arts Festival 2007

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