Points of View 2018

Points of View: Critical Frames for Performance Writing and Making
 is a nine-day programme for young performing arts writers and makers to explore various ways of viewing and approaching artistic works. Held on 4 - 12 May 2018 under the auspices of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), successful applicants will experience a range of performances, and engage in critical dialogue with SIFA artists, organisers, industry experts and fellow critical thinkers.  

Points of View consists of two tracks:
  • Performance writing. For those interested in critical writing, including reviewing, research, arts journalism and arts administration. Facilitated by Lim How Ngean.

  • Performance making. For those interested in critical dialogue about performance making, including directing, acting, designing, playwriting and dramaturgy. Facilitated by Charlene Rajendran,

Participants will:
  • Contribute to discussions, tutorials and other workshop activities with the programme facilitators.
  • Attend selected SIFA performances for free.
  • Dialogue with SIFA artists and organisers.
  • Share their experiences with the public in a forum.

- Application Period: 26 February to 25 March 2018 -

To qualify for Points of View, you must be:

  • Interested in performance writing OR performance making
  • Aged between 18 and 30
  • A Singapore resident
  • Confident in both written and spoken English
  • Actively involved in performance studies or practice, either as student, recent graduate or practitioner
  • Able to commit to the entire programme from 4 to 12 May 2018

  • To apply:
    No fees are required for registration or participation.

    Visit our Frequently-Asked-Questions page for more information.

    Facilitator's Profile

    LIM HOW NGEAN is a performance-maker, dramaturg and dance researcher who has been actively involved in the performing arts for over 20 years. He is also the founding director of the Asian Dramaturgs' Network. Earlier in his career, he performed in productions in Singapore and Malaysia as well as wrote reviews and features on dance and theatre for the Malaysian press. In recent years, he has served as dramaturg for dance performances at the Singapore Arts Festival and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. He was conferred his PhD in 2014 from the National University of Singapore for his research on contemporary dance choreography in Southeast Asia.

    How Ngean will facilitate the Performance Writing track for POV2018.

    CHARLENE RAJENDRAN is a theatre educator, dramaturg and writer. She has performed, directed and written for the theatre, as well as facilitated theatre workshops and dialogues. More recently she has been dramaturg in interdisciplinary and collaborative arts projects such as Both Sides, Now (Drama Box and ArtsWok, 2013-2018), Ghost Writer(The Necessary Stage, 2016), The Malay Man and His Chinese Father (Akulah Bimbo Sakti, 2016) and It Won’t Be Too Long: The Cemetery (Drama Box, Singapore International Festival of Arts 2015). She also researches contemporary performance, issues of identity and play-based pedagogies.

    Charlene will facilitate the Performance Making track for POV2018.

    POV2018 is presented by: