Coming Soon in SIFA: CABANONS World Premiere

I can't believe August is coming to an end! As September is around the corner, it is saddening to see Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) coming into the second half of the festival. How fast time flies! Thankfully, it is not too late to purchase your tickets and be a part of this mammoth festival of arts. While there are many good shows lined up in this edition, I am particularly looking forward to Táng Quartet's Celestial Remnants - no way it will be close to what I saw last week I'm sure. It will be held on the opening of Week 5 of SIFA, and of course, not forgetting CABANONS which will be presented to you arts fanatics next week!

Done by Daniel Buren, Fabien Demyunck, Dan Demuynck, Buren Cirque, we will explore the relationship between the circus and contemporary art in a magical, cutting-edge performance on an art-installation stage.

Three small circus tents, or cabanons , stand in an open field. Designed and erected by spectacular French installation artist Daniel Buren (well known for Les Deux Plateaux art work), the cabanons are in bright primary colours and set up with minimal internal structures, the combined result of which gives spectators a powerful impression of sheer colour and the utter freedom of space.

Here, Buren – who has been making art with stripes since the 1960s (vertical stripes, to be precise: 8.7 cm wide and 8.7 cm apart, over and over) – has turned the circus tent into a singular art object. Sitting in his cabanons is like sitting in an art installation. Think of Aladdin's magic tent! The circus tent, with its audience and artists, becomes an intimate magical artwork constantly transforming with sensory delights.

In each installation, we will witness – in a different order, but at the same time – the vulnerable performances of human individuals overcoming the physical challenges posed by the circus.

Listen to the sounds from the neighbouring cabanon as they waft into your tent, the sounds outside melting into the sounds inside to form an enchanting soundscape. Be emotionally moved by the circus performers, who have to be alive and vulnerable again and again for different audiences. As with Federico Fellini’s legendary film “La Strada”, you will encounter the profound emotions of the circus in CABANONS, where tragedy and joy are intertwined.

CABANONS tickets are available for sale here, and special rates and concessions are available here.

2, 3, 4, 5, 6 September 2015
Open field opposite Bugis Junction @ Tan Quee Lan Street

Get close and personal with Daniel Buren on 3 September 2015 in the SIFA Shares talk which will take place at 6.30pm, Drama Centre Black Box.

Daniel Buren has punctuated the contemporary arts scene for the last 50 years with his memorable, thought-provoking art projects, which explore, challenge and complicate the relationship between art and the structures that frame it. Join Buren as he reflects on his past works as well as CABANONS – a magical performance project blending the circus with contemporary art – which makes its world premiere in the Singapore International Festival of Arts.

Born in Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris) in 1938, Buren is a world-renowned French conceptual artist whose work lies at the crossroads of sculpture, installation and painting, as well as action and intervention. He has been the subject of major exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2005) and the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2002). Buren has exhibited in the Venice Biennale more than 10 times and was awarded the Golden Lion for his French Pavilion in 1986. That same year, he produced his first and most controversial permanent public commission, “Les Deux Plateaux (The Two Plateaux)”, for the main courtyard of the Palais Royal in Paris. In 2007, he received the Praemium Imperiale for Painting from Japan.

SIFA Shares is a series of talks where audiences can engage with Festival artists to discover and learn more about their works. Curated by Festival director Ong Keng Sen, these dialogue sessions provide greater relevance to the productions in a bid to give audiences ownership of ideas, issues and themes explored in the Festival. The aim is to develop a holistic approach to the issues presented, leaving marked impressions in the minds of audiences.

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See you there!