1. What is Points of View (POV)?

POV: Critical Frames for Performance Writing and Making is a nine-day programme developed by the Asian Dramaturgs’ Network (ADN) for young performing arts writers and makers to explore various ways of viewing and approaching artistic works. It will take place from 4 to 12 May 2018, as a programme of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).


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2. Who is POV for?

POV is for aspiring performing arts writers and makers between the age of 18 to 30, who are passionate about and have some experience in arts writing or performance making. Interested participants should be confident in both written and spoken English, and be actively involved in performance theory/studies/practice, either as student, recent graduate or practitioner.


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3. Who can apply for POV?

Anyone who is a Singaporean Citizen, Permanent Resident or resident of Singapore.


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4. What does the programme consist of?

POV 2018 comprises two tracks:

(a)  Performance Writing – for those interested in critical writing, including reviewing, research, arts journalism and arts administration; and

(b)  Performance Making – for those interested in critical dialogue about performance making, including directing, acting, designing, playwriting and dramaturgy.


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5. Can I apply to join both tracks?

No – applicants can only apply for the Performance Writing OR Performance Making track.


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6. Do I have to commit to attending all activities in the programme?

Yes – attendance for all of the programme’s activities is compulsory, and participants are required to commit to all nine days from 4 to 12 May 2018. The schedule of activities will be made available to participants upon notification of selection. A general schedule may look like: weekday afternoons and evenings from 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm; and weekends from 12pm to 10pm.

The programme schedule can be found here.


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7. What are some of the activities that participants will take part in as part of the programme?

Over the course of nine days, participants will engage in critical dialogue and workshops that draw from the SIFA 2018 line-up of performances. Participants will have the opportunity to watch SIFA performances with the programme’s facilitators; meet and engage with SIFA artists, organisers, and other industry experts; engage in tutorials, discussions, and debriefs with the facilitators; receive feedback on writing assignments; and take part in a public forum at the end of the programme.


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8. What does the public forum entail?

The public forum is a space for participants to critically reflect on what they have experienced and learnt during the programme, and share their journey in a casual setting among themselves and with interested members of the public. The forum will take place on the last day of SIFA and the POV 2018 programme, on Saturday 12 May 2018. It will be moderated by the programme’s facilitators.


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9. Who are the facilitators of the programme?

POV 2018 will be helmed by the co-directors of ADN: Lim How Ngean (for the Performance Writing track) and Charlene Rajendran (for the Performance Making track).


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10. How much contact time will participants get with the facilitators during the programme?

Participants will spend an average of two to five hours with the facilitators and fellow critical thinkers each day.


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11. Will participants have to complete any assignments outside of the contact time with the facilitators?

Yes – the facilitators will be setting writing assignments and reading materials for participants to complete in their own time. Writing assignments may come in the form of article-writing (for Performance Writing participants) or reflection pieces (for Performance Making participants).


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12. Do applicants need to pay to participate in this programme?

No – the cost of the programme and tickets for SIFA performances that participants will watch as part of POV will be fully subsidised. Participants will need to bear the cost of their meals and transport between locations during the period of the programme.


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13. Will there be an interview as part of the programme application process?

No – candidates will be selected based on the strength of their application form and supporting portfolio.


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14. When will successful applicants be notified?

Successful applicants will be notified by email no later than 2 April 2018. Application outcomes will be announced on 6 April 2018.


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