Enter the world of French conceptual artist Daniel Buren in his world première Cabanons at the Singapore International Festival of Arts.

An extraordinary circus comes to Singapore this September. Helmed by French minimalist conceptual artist Daniel Buren, this circus will undoubtedly offer a distinct and spectacularly different circus experience.

Three circus tents, or cabanons, stand in an open field next to Tan Quee Lan Street, just opposite Bugis Junction. Desgined by Buren in his signature bright primary colours, these cabanons are set up with minimal internal structures; the combined result of which gives spectators a powerful impression of sheer colour and the utter freedom of space.

Here, Buren – who has been making art with stripes since the 1960s (vertical stripes, to be precise: 8.7 cm wide and 8.7 cm apart, over and over) – has turned the circus tent into a singular art objet. Sitting in his cabanons is like sitting in an art installation. The circus tent, with its audience and artists, becomes an intimate magical artwork constantly transforming with sensory delights.

A circus show tours these cabanons. In each installation, up to 150 audience members will witness – and touring one tent at a time at different intermissions – the vulnerable performances of human individuals overcoming the physical challenges posed by the circus. Each cabanons offers an intimate space for a close encounter with the aerialists, tightrope walkers, acrobats, hoopers, jugglers, musicians and the ringmaster.

Cabanons is produced by Fabien Demuynck (artistic direction) and Daniel Buren, Jérôme Thomas, Dan Demuynck


Date: 2 – 6 September 2015

Time: 8pm

Venue: The open field opposite Bugis Junction, next to Tan Quee Lan Street

Daniel Buren is giving a free talk as part of SIFA Shares:

Date: 3 September 2015

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Drama Centre Black Box, National Library

For more info please visit: https://sifa.sg/sifa/

Get a glimpse of CABANONS: