We are now in the third week of the Singapore International Festival of Arts!
Here are the events buzzing at 72-13 this week.
Conceived & Performed By Sardono W. Kusumo
As part of The Sardono Retrospective, this iconic, award-winning artist has created Black Sun, a stirring contemporary dance performance. The trigger for Black Sun is man’s unceasing destruction of nature. Year after year, the forest fires in Indonesia create a shroud of severe smoke over much of Southeast Asia. The toxic haze is a humanitarian disaster: Indigenous Indonesians living in the rainforest are among the first to experience the suffering, a tragic fact that is all too clear to Sardono, who is himself a devoted environmental activist.
In Black Sun, Sardono develops a unique vocal and physical vocabulary that is very much inspired by his research with the Papuan people, as well as the environment in which they live. Together with an ensemble of dancers from Papua and other regions of Indonesia, Black Sun is Sardono’s epic tribute to life, earth and survival, both primal and sophisticated.
Commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).
THE KULA RING Aesthetic Considerations Of Sharing And Exchange
Curated By Alfons Hug
Kula Ring is a ritual exchange of gifts among inhabitants of the Trobriand Islands in Papua New Guinea. The ancient cultural practice called ‘kula’ is being taken up by artists from around the world and given a visual, tactile dimension through aesthetic means of expression. In this exhibition, experience a space of imagination where the unknown is filled in, invented and created by individual artists from diverse parts of the world.