My City: Ivan Heng
The perfect day in Singapore for the artistic director of theater company W!ld Rice.
Please share the one thing you love about Singapore’s theater scene. Visitors to Singapore are always surprised by how much we get away with in theater, because we have the unfortunate reputation of being very regulated and strait-laced. Over the years, theater has created a space for artists and audiences to reflect on today’s most challenging and difficult issues. Politics, sex, race and religion are hot-button topics and taboos that otherwise go undiscussed in the mainstream media.
How has the local arts industry evolved over the past five years? There are many new, up-and-coming talents and companies. These young artists represent a new generation of voices in Singapore.
What do you enjoy about living in Singapore? Its diversity. There are more than a hundred nationalities who have made Singapore their home in the last century. At a dinner party, you can find people from all walks of life. If you’re curious, Singapore is full of surprises!
My Perfect Day
8am - Have a delicious breakfast.
I typically start the day by having brunch with my husband at Epicurious (#01-02 The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, 6734-7720, S(238252)) or Red Star Restaurant (54 Chin Swee Rd., 6532-5266, S(160054)) for dim sum.
1pm - Unwind with a relaxing massage.
I’ll drop by for a session with my regular masseuse at Qi Mantra (#03-19 Wheelock Place 501 Orchard Rd., 6737-3463, S(238880)).
3pm - Squeeze in a show at the theater.
I usually like attending matinee productions, when audiences are usually more relaxed and receptive.
8pm - Wine and dine at an Italian trattoria.
Rubato (12 Greenwood Ave., 6252-3200, S(289204), ) is one of my favorite places for dinner—the restaurant serves simple dishes cooked with the freshest produce.
10pm - Cycling
My husband and I will be riding our bikes along Singapore’s beautiful park connectors, from Alexandra all the way to the East Coast.