Per­for­mance

Check into these shows of The OPEN fes­ti­val this month. By Re­becca Liew

Time Out Singapore - - News - time­outsin­ga­pore.com/per­for­mance Com­piled by Re­becca Liew

Highlights of The OPEN, an ex­per­i­men­tal tour de force

‘EN­CHANT­MENT’: that’s the theme for SIFA 2017, and it couldn’t be more ap­pro­pri­ate. Its func­tion – as an an­ti­dote for an in­creas­ingly cyn­i­cal world – brings with it ideas that be­gin at The OPEN, a ‘pre-fes­ti­val’ that prom­ises equal parts wit and laugh­ter through lec­ture-per­for­mances, films and in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mances. Here are five shows to catch.

LIZARD ON THE WALL Jul 1 & 2

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Yel­low Bird au­teur K Ra­jagopal’s next project. In an in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mance that’s set to be staged and filmed across three nights, the role of au­di­ence mem­bers shifts as each be­comes both per­former and ob­server. Based on Balli Kaur Jaswal’s cel­e­brated novel, In­her­i­tance, the stag­ing fol­lows the wed­ding ban­quet of Amrit – and the ugly turn of events that en­sue as se­crets come to light.

Lo­ca­tion TBA. Sat 7-10.30pm; Sun 2-5.30pm.

OPEN­ING DRAFT Jul 6

What does it mean to hold back in or­der to con­tinue speak­ing? Sin­ga­pore-based writer and artist Ho Rui An makes his re­turn to SIFA in this hour-long per­for­mance, which ex­am­ines the con­se­quences of hold­ing a draft of air be­tween words – and what hap­pens when one in­sists on the act of de­fer­ral.

Cham­ber, The Arts House. 8pm.

SULTAN IBRAHIM Jul 7

A stuffed pea­cock, colour pen­cil draw­ings of by­gone ho­tels and an ash­tray stolen from an artist’s stu­dio. These are some of Duba­ian artist Lan­tian Xie’s past works, and a hint at what he has to of­fer as he speaks on the top­ics of tem­po­ral­ity and mor­tal­ity in the Arab Gulf.

Cham­ber, The Arts House. 8pm.

ON THE THRESH­OLD OF LIS­TEN­ING Jul 8

What is it to hear, but not to lis­ten? The death of lis­ten­ing is upon us, as the Sin­ga­pore-, New York- and China-based artist Zou Zhao as­serts. In her lec­ture, she dis­cusses the press­ing need to lis­ten, and how it’s an ex­er­cise in per­sis­tence and ef­fort. In do­ing so, she boldly turns the cham­ber into a re­hearsal room for test­ing, prac­tis­ing and re­dis­tribut­ing the task of rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Cham­ber, The Arts House. 8pm.

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