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SAF 2011: Making the audience work hard by szechan
February 28, 2011, 11:51 pm
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SAF 2011 early bird bookings start tomorrow. Wow!  I am really excited about Living Dance Studio, Arco Renz/Amrita, Swee Boon’s new work, the retrospective programming on Pina Bausch, Kazuo Ohno and Merce Cunningham, Javanese court dance, a Samoan Tempest…

But finding all of it is just a chore and the SAF website is DRIVING ME NUTS and making me ask WHY. The programming is split up by obscure themes like “Histories”, “Lost Languages”.  No option to list by genre or artist, and works listed by title and date without the names of the artists upfront.  There is no single festival calendar, with the listings split up again by the obscure themes or the incomprehensible categories “Great for all”, “Great for Students” and my favourite, “Great for teachers and artists”.  Harh?

I know Merce told me that I gotta love dancing to stick to it.  But must reading the arts fest programme be this painful for two years running?

Chan Sze-Wei