The country’s performance-art sector is still in its infancy, with only a handful of companies operating in the country, according to an annual report released in May by the Singapore Foundation for Arts.
While a few high-profile artists like choreographer and choreographer Bali Singh and choreographers Pongkham and Wongkham are active in Singapore, the rest of the industry is still largely dependent on local talent.
While Singapore’s performance art scene has grown in recent years, it remains small and relatively undeveloped, according a report by the Foundation.
According to the report, the industry in Singapore has seen a drop of 1,890 performances last year, a decrease of 27.3 per cent compared to the previous year.
Despite this, the Foundation estimates that Singapore’s performing arts industry has a value of $10.2 billion, making it the second largest in Asia behind Hong Kong’s entertainment sector.
Singapore’s performance arts industry is not the only sector in decline.
The Singapore Foundation says that the number of performers performing in Singapore dropped by 21.4 per cent, a drop that the report attributed to the “inclusion of foreign-trained talent”.
The decline in performance-arts activity in Singapore is attributed to a variety of factors including the declining birth rate and declining economic growth, according the report.
While the report doesn’t go into details, the report suggests that the decline in performances is being attributed to factors such as an ageing population, the closure of the National Concert Theatre (NCET) and the closure to the public of the Singapore Cultural Centre.
The decline of performance-at-large activities in Singapore could have a knock-on effect on the Singaporean performance arts scene.
The report also suggests that in the future, the lack of foreign talent may mean that there will be fewer local artists in the Singapore performing arts sector.
“We are not able to support a small number of emerging performers.
This has resulted in a decline in the number and quality of performers,” the report said.
As of last year the number only consisted of about 1,400 performances, with the number expected to increase to 2,000 by 2020.
“Our focus has been on providing the Singaporeans with the opportunity to perform and the arts in Singapore will continue to flourish,” an official at the Foundation told the newspaper.