As they walked into the foyer of the Shangri-La Hotel’s Island Ballroom, the 668 guests for the night found themselves transported into 1960s Singapore – by way of a sleek, snappy Vespa or a traditional rickshaw.
While wandering through a different time, guests whetted their appetites with ice-cream sandwiches or kacang putih, ahead of an exquisite five-course dinner designed by internationally celebrated chef Violet Oon of Violet Oon Singapore in collaboration with Shangri-La Hotel’s Executive Chef Maran Mariapin.
The CABARET SINGAPURA Concert challenged Singapore’s best and brightest theatre talents to revive some of the hottest cabaret acts of the 1960s. Pam Oei, our hostess with the mostest, rose to the occasion with rocking renditions of ’60s anthems Dancing In The Street and Proud Mary.
She was followed on stage by Judee Tan, Siti Khalijah, Tony Eusoff, Benjamin Kheng, Sezairi and Rishi Budhrani, who sang, danced and joked their way into everyone’s hearts.
Ivan Heng, Artistic Director of W!LD RICE, presented the company’s report card for the year during the Ball. From Public Enemy to Another Country, from HOTEL to a Brisbane tour for The Importance of Being Earnest, it was W!LD RICE’s most ambitious season yet.
“Thank you for empowering us to reflect on the problems, and also to imagine the possibilities, of our times,” said Ivan. “Thank you for joining us in creating beautiful memories and, ultimately, a document of our history for the generations to come.”
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