SIFA 2021: 3 Ways the Show Will Go on Amid Covid-19 Restrictions
Sifa swiftly made adjustments to its existing safe management measures by capping capacity at 100 audience members for selected live shows (with a corresponding refund exercise), along with a reduced capacity for the Oldham Theatre, where its Singular Screens programme is being held.
The festival’s opening weekend saw the opening of five live productions: festival commission The Commission and a tribute concert to homegrown jazz icon Louis Soliano with A Song For Louis, as well as Cosmogony, En Route and Tactility Studies: Hold To Reset.
Since then, some shows had to be cancelled, including upcoming performances this week. But all is not lost as audiences can still look forward to enjoying Sifa digitally throughout the festival period until May 30. SIFA On Demand will take place from June 5 to 12 on Sistic Live. Here’s what you need to know.
Some shows will go on
In addition, and in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines, patrons will need to undergo an on-site pre-event testing (PET), which is quick and painless with results within 30 minutes. Patrons who have been vaccinated at least 14 days prior are exempt from PET.
Meanwhile, the audience capacity of Alone Together will be reduced to 50. Ticketing agent Sistic will be in touch with those affected.
Some shows are cancelled
The live performances of The Rhythm of Us, the much-anticipated collaboration between the Singapore Dance Theatre and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, have been cancelled and full refunds will be issued. Sifa and the artists are in discussions for a VOD option, with an announcement to be made shortly.
This is on top of the other cancelled live performance announced last week: two performances for The Commission, Be Comforted Now: Bach Cantatas and A Thousand Ways Part III: An Assembly, as well as Before Life and After, Echoes of Fire and Water and Nature of Daylight, which are all part of the Compassion: Chamber Music Series.
Meanwhile, Healing Rhapsody will also no longer be performed live but will be presented online on Sifa On Demand.
More shows will be available online
The Sifa 2021 line-up also includes real-time virtual productions, which are still ongoing and will not be affected by the latest advisories, such as The Journey, As Far As Isolation Goes, To Gathering: Laying the Table Bare, From Mee To You, and the Impossible Conversation series.
Now, with the reduced capacity and cancellations of the live performance, Sifa will be presenting the following programmes: Be Comforted Now: Bach Cantatas, Before Life and After, Echoes of Fire and Water, Healing Rhapsody, and Ghosts of Yesteryear online via SIFA On Demand.
All festival commissions (except The Rhythm of Us, which is still pending): The Commission, Three Sisters, The Year of No Return, Oiwa – The Ghost of Yotsuya, A Dream Under the Southern Bough: Existence, and _T0701 _, along with selected performances from Sifa v2.020, as well as selected films from the Singular Screens line-up will also be available on Sifa On Demand from June 5 to 12 on Sistic Live.