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Skull cracker: Contemporary opera Facing Goya, the curtain-raiser for the festival, is one of the polarising productions that have sparked contentious conversations
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Ong: He and his team must have looked at the arts scene here - and decided to change the game. - FILE PHOTO

Difficult? Shocking? Maybe it's just good art

The arts festival has been accused of being too challenging. But perhaps audiences should open their minds, says HELMI YUSOF
Sep 26, 2014 6:00 AM

THE curtain-raiser for the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), the contemporary opera Facing Goya, certainly set tongues a-wagging. After the opening night, an arts journalist from Europe said to me: "That was absolutely terrible. Does this Ong Keng Sen even know how to block actors