The Singapore International Festival of Arts is currently underway, as it returns for its second edition with the theme of POST-Empires.
But before this year's edition kicked off, we were busy behind the scenes, capturing all the action, planning and rehearsals that were taking place to bring this year's Festival to audiences.
Go into the mind of Festival Director Ong Keng Sen as he shares with us his philosophy, inspiration and ambitions for SIFA in Through the Curator's Eyes, a series all about this year's Festival and Singapore's performing arts scene.
Catch the final episode of this 4-part television series over on MediaCorp Okto
2 September (Wednesday) at 10:00pm
It features Kumar and his groundbreaking stand-up performances of Kumar's Living Together in the heartlands, which also stars fellow comedians Koh Chieng Mun, Zaliha Hamid, Sharul Channa and Shane Mardjuki.
Also, catch dance doyen Madam Goh Lay Kuan, as she stages her first dance choreography in 20 years with Returning, an epic multicultural piece that brings together various dance traditions and dance practitioners across generations.
Missed the television broadcast of the earlier episodes?
Not to worry, you can now catch the entire series for free and on-demand on Toggle!
In Episode 1, we get ready for the launch of The O.P.E.N., SIFA's pre-festival event. It kicked off with the photography exhibition The Price of Neglect by Lu Guang. We also met up with Alec Tok, who is directing NANYANG, The Musical.
In Episode 2, we were at the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station for the launch of 15 Stations, an augmented reality visual installation by Noorlinah Mohamed. We also joined Neo Swee Lin, Siti Khalijah Zainal and Marcia Vanderstraaten at their rehearsals to chat about Hotel, this year's festival commission staged by W!LD Rice. Natalie Hennedige and Michelle Tan also brought us into their visually and musically striking world of Versus.
In Episode 3, we joined director Wang Cong as he rehearsed with his ensemble made up entirely of current acting students from LASALLE College of the Arts for the staging of Revolutionary Model Play 2.0. Director Koh Heng Leun, writer Jean Tay and actor Jo Tan shared with us the stories and memories that make up It Won't Be Too Long, which will be staged as a Forum Theater in the heartlands, as well as a pre-dawn performance over at the Bukit Brown Cemetery.