Singapore International Festival of Arts

Singapore International Festival of Arts: What should you watch?

Shows in the festival line-up include (from top) Cabinet Of Curiosities, Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Kumar's Living Together, Dementia and Smriti Padha (Memory Route).
Shows in the festival line-up include Cabinet Of Curiosities, Six Characters In Search Of An Author, (above) Kumar's Living Together, Dementia and Smriti Padha (Memory Route).PHOTO: JASON WONG
Shows in the festival line-up include (from top) Cabinet Of Curiosities, Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Kumar's Living Together, Dementia and Smriti Padha (Memory Route).
Shows in the festival line-up include (above) Cabinet Of Curiosities, Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Kumar's Living Together, Dementia and Smriti Padha (Memory Route).PHOTO: MICHAEL DAMES
Shows in the festival line-up include (from top) Cabinet Of Curiosities, Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Kumar's Living Together, Dementia and Smriti Padha (Memory Route).
Shows in the festival line-up include Cabinet Of Curiosities, (above) Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Kumar's Living Together, Dementia and Smriti Padha (Memory Route).PHOTO: COURTESY OF JL FERNANDEZ
Shows in the festival line-up include (from top) Cabinet Of Curiosities, Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Kumar's Living Together, Dementia and Smriti Padha (Memory Route).
Shows in the festival line-up include Cabinet Of Curiosities, Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Kumar's Living Together, (above) Dementia and Smriti Padha (Memory Route).PHOTO: MARCELL REV AND MARTON AGH
Shows in the festival line-up include (from top) Cabinet Of Curiosities, Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Kumar's Living Together, Dementia and Smriti Padha (Memory Route).
Shows in the festival line-up include Cabinet Of Curiosities, Six Characters In Search Of An Author, Kumar's Living Together, Dementia and (above) Smriti Padha (Memory Route).PHOTO: BHASKAR'S ARTS ACADEMY

Take this quiz to find out which shows suit you best.

1. What is your favourite television show?

(A) Under One Roof, confirm plus chop

(B) It’s coming out next year –but it’s definitely going to be a hit.

(C) Shows that inspire me to make a difference.

(D) Who needs TV when history is unfolding in front of you in real life?

(E) I'd tell you, but you wouldn't know how to pronounce it. It contemplates epiphenomenalism and its effects on art-making.

2. Where do you like to watch performances?

(A) The closer to my house (or an MRT station), the better.

(B) The farther from my house (or any form of transportation), the better.

(C) I single-handedly put up roving forum theatre performances that have the power to transform society's long-held prejudices.

(D) Waist-deep in the Empress Place archaeological site, while digging for rare artefacts.

(E) I already have the best stall seats to every single blockbuster coming to town, drawn from a tailor-made algorithm.

 3. How much are you willing to spend on a show?

(A) Getting tickets for a family of five can be really expensive these days. Do you have concessions?

(B) I prefer to go for shows that let you in only if you are in possession of a secret password.

(C) I prefer to go for shows that donate all of their proceeds to charities of their choice.

(D) I can pay you in rare, wartime-issue banana banknotes.

(E) I have season tickets. I bought the Sifa Bundle (four shows), the Dance Marathon bundle (four shows and two Dance Marathon shows) and the Punk Bundle (five Dance Marathon shows).

 4. You go to a hawker centre. You order...

(A) Teh-C siu dai and kaya toast.

(B) From the secret menu of the handmade pasta store run by a chef who also reads your fortune.

(C) Organic, free-range products.

(D) From the store that is closing down as it has no successors to carry on its culinary heritage.

(E) I don't really go to hawker centres.

 5 What is your outfit of choice when attending a Sifa show?

(A) T-shirt, shorts and slippers - Singapore's national costume.

(B) This tunic I am wearing is from a local label with no vowels in its name and only made a two-hour appearance at a local speakeasy.

(C) Clothes I sewed myself from scraps of old fabric. Did you know that almost everything you are wearing probably came from a sweatshop?

(D) My mother's favourite cheongsam with a gold trim, lovingly sewn by her family's go-to tailor in the 1950s.

(E) I wear only the latest season of Comme des Garcons in sophisticated shades of black.

IF YOU GOT MOSTLY...

•As: You're a Heartlander

•Bs: You're a Hipster

•Cs: You're a Humanitarian

Ds: You're a Historian

•Es: You're Highfalutin

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2015, with the headline 'What should you watch?'. Print Edition | Subscribe