W!LD Rice presents: The Rice Ball 2016

The Very Wild “XXX” Rice Ball 2016 #unCOVERED.

For the socially informed, the Rice Ball by the W!ld Rice theatre company has over the past 14 years, come to distinguish itself as one of Singapore’s most entertaining and creative fundraising events. And this year’s Wild Rice Ball 2016 proved to be even better yet.

With a theme like “XXX”, you already knew that this year’s 2016 edition of  the Rice Ball was going to be all kinds of provocative. Think strippers, leather, belts, and chains – all of which you’d expect right off the set of an S&M (sadomasochistic) video.

(From left) Nicklaus Loh, Jacelyn La, Frances Low, Coralie Ang, Paolo Costagli & Franck Manichon
(From left) Nicklaus Loh, Jacelyn La, Frances Low, Coralie Ang, Paolo Costagli & Franck Manichon
(From Left:) Dr. Bernard Cheong, Dolly Cheong, Dr. June Goh and Staphnie Tang.)
(From Left:) Dr. Bernard Cheong, Dolly Cheong, Dr. June Goh and Staphnie Tang.)
Model Hunks pose with guests at the W!ld Rice Ball 2016
Model Hunks pose with Dr Georgia Lee and friend at the W!ld Rice Ball 2016

One of Singapore’s highly anticipated society balls has truly lived up to its name; the “XXX” event delivered an “X-hilarating” evening of sensuality and seduction. There was but one pre-entry requisite, just leave your inhibitions at the door and step into an X-citing world of hidden passions and secret desires.

A specially choreographed Hublot number featuring Hublot's timepieces projected on the large LED screen.
A specially choreographed Hublot number featuring Hublot’s timepieces projected on the large LED screen

Presented by Swiss-luxury watchmaker Hublot, the Very W!LD RICE BALL led its guests into an electrifying wonderland of sensual fantasy – part burlesque, part cabaret and pure entertainment.

Welcome Speech by Ivan Heng.
Welcome Speech by Ivan Heng who wears rose gold Hublot timepiece

RICE BALL’s guests were treated to an X-quisite banquet laid out by the chef of Shangri-La Hotel and paired with entertainment and fun by some of Singapore’s finest multi-talented performers.

"Big Spender" by Pam Oei and the Wild Rice Dancers
“Big Spender” performance by Pam Oei and the Wild Rice Dancers
Hossan Leong displaying his pole dancing prowess.
Hossan Leong’s stand-up comedy sketch led to a short display of his pole dancing prowess

Behind the closed doors of the impeccable ball, a galaxy of stars took over the stage for The “XXX”-Factor Cabaret Show. Directed by Ivan Heng and Glen Goei, the X-travaganza, heart-throbbing, eye-popping cabaret show set up to scandalize the hearts of the Merlion City. The cosmopolitan city’s finest performers, including Pam Oei and Hossan Leong, took on the stage with The Brass Barre’s Artistic Director & Principle Instructor Elena Chernyshova and internationally-acclaimed burlesque artist Sukki Singapora.  

"Toxic" by Elena Chernyshova and the Wild Rice Dancers.
“Toxic” by Elena Chernyshova and the Wild Rice Dancers
Sukki Singapora - Diamonds are a girl's best friend.
“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” featuring Sukki Singapora

Probably one of the highlights of the evening, Sukki Singapora, the Lion City’s first professional burlesque artiste, who swept the stage with her Burlesque glamour; delivering an opulent performance in an original Legends of Burlesque gown (a 17.5 inch corset adorned with 20-thousand Swarovski crystals) inside the world’s largest diamond ring filled with champagne.

The Surprise Proposal!
The Surprise Proposal took place at the Rice Ball 2016

Adding on to the entertainment and exciting list of highlights on the night, a guest at the event got down on one knee, in a surprise marriage proposal to the girl of his dreams.

Stand Up For Singapore performance by Ivan Heng and Glen Goei

The 15th edition of The Rice Ball closed off in spectacular and “X-Rated” fashion, with Ivan Heng and Glen Goei bringing a whole new meaning to the term stand-up comedy, as they closed the evening with an unusual (but not surprising) performance of “Stand Up for Singapore”.

The Grand Finale Performance by the Wild Rice Production Performers.
The Grand Finale Performance by the Wild Rice Production Performers
The sounds of DJ KFC signalling the end of the RICE BALL and the start of the after-party.
The sounds of DJ KFC came on, signalling the end of the Rice Ball and the start of the Very W!ILD after-party.

The party did not stop there, as DJ KFC soon took the reigns and carried friends and family of The Rice Ball through the night with his brand of non-stop fist-pumping electronic dance music.

Congratulations to W!LD RICE PRODUCTION and its organizing committee for yet another successful and W!ld Rice Ball!

About the RICE BALL

The Rice Ball, now in its 15th edition, has distinguished itself as one of Singapore’s most entertaining and creative fundraising events, not least because of its trademark all-star concerts. Annually, Singapore’s great and good, the members of its social and business elite, come together to show their support for W!ld Rice as it continues to fulfill its mission of creating significant, inclusive and innovative works that inspire audiences in Singapore and around the world.

Cheers everyone!
A load toast to the talented team behind the Wild Rice Ball 2016

Every Wild Rice Ball is guaranteed to be fun-filled and W!ld, with guests dressed to the nines according to the night’s theme, supping on a gastronomic feast created by the island’s finest chefs and enjoying a concert that showcases Singapore’s best theatre talents.

W!ld Rice, like many other major theatre companies all around the world, looks to the generosity and support of benefactors, patrons and sponsors in order to do increase its support in the arts. All funds raised from the evening’s festivities will go directly towards supporting artistic and educational programming at W!ld Rice.

Johannes See

Director and Lifestyle Editor

A SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR WITH 10 YEARS OF START-UP EXPERIENCE ACROSS VARIOUS INDUSTRIES, JOHANNES CHRISTIAN SEE HAS BEEN INFLUENTIAL PERSONALITY WITHIN THE LOCAL MEDIA SCENE. JOHANNES IS A FOUNDING DIRECTOR & LIFESTYLE EDITOR FOR COVERED ASIA, AND IS ALSO THE CO-FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR OF COM3 MARKETING & EVENTS CONSULTANCY.

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