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Oscar-winning Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto's showcase at the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2019 sells out within the night

Oscar-winning Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto's showcase at the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2019 sells out within the night

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Text: Aravin Sandran


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The Singapore International Festival of Arts unveiled yesterday (25 February 2019) that acclaimed Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto will make his debut performance as part of the performing arts event's line-up this May. The international luminary is undoubtedly a coup for the programme after last year's reduced viewership numbers in spite of four sold-out shows including a stage adaptation of George Orwell's 1984. 

The festival revealed this morning that tickets to Sakamoto's collaborative performance with Japanese multimedia artist and long-time collaborator Shiro Takatani were snapped up within the night of the announcement. SIFA is currently exploring the possibility of adding more tickets for his concert. The interdisciplinary performance-installation will see Takatani (Dumb Type) use lighting, media art, stage design and dance movement to music orchestrated by Sakamoto to form a dream-like tableau. 

The enigmatic 67-year-old, who first entered popular consciousness when he picked up Best Original Score for The Last Emperor at the 1988 Oscars, last garnered the spotlight in 2017 when he allowed cameras to capture an intimate insight into his peerless musical practice in Stephen Nomura Schible's documentary Coda. 

Other luminaries of the performing arts world that audiences can look forward to in SIFA 2019 include the likes of Simon McBurney, Sasha Waltz, Bill Frisell and Tadashi Suzuki.

Singapore International Festival of Arts 2019 will run from 16 May to 2 June. Tickets are available now.

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