My time in Fonty, while short, has been quite productive. This post will describe how I ended up playing for the Cabaret in Fonty last Saturday, and how it went.
It all started because my housemate invited me to the home of Professors Casanova and Dutta (as mentioned in previous posts). They encouraged me to play on their piano. My classmate Basile arrived and joined in. As he was French, and as I knew that the song “My Way” was originally French, I played the tune. He sang it so passionately that everyone in the room was cheering. From that, we decided to perform for the Cabaret. Prof Casanova even printed a set of lyrics in different languages, while Prof Dutta videoed us! We submitted his video for the auditions.
Basile invited a number of classmates to sing in their languages, and we met up for rehearsals. Because of the tight timing it was difficult for everyone to show up at the same time. Even on the day itself, a few singers had classes and the timing wasn’t good for them. Finally, everyone arrived and for just 10-15 minutes we rehearsed the song. Somehow I felt things would go fine.
However, Murphy’s Law had a part to play at the beginning, when the electric keyboard I was supposed to play on had been pushed to the side. Amir helped me move the keyboard back into place. Then there was no sound! In the meantime some videos were playing and the crowd was getting restless… Eventually everything was fixed and I started playing the piano introduction.
First, Connor from Ireland sang in Gaelic. Then Amir sang in Hebrew. Basile got the crowd cheering with the original “Comme D’habitude” in French. Ben sang in Malay (credit to him for joining us at very late notice and quickly rewriting his lyrics). Azmat and Jasmeet sang in Urdu (I think). Finally, everyone combined, together with Raphael, to sing the final chorus in English. I recall smiling a lot on stage because I was happy to hear each person sing in their own way. I look forward to seeing a video of our performance and am glad to have worked with these guys. I am also thankful to those who came up afterwards to compliment me.
The other Cabaret performances made me realise INSEAD has so much talent. I liked Jamil’s Dinged list and thought a lot of effort was put into coordinating the Thriller dance as it was a huge group.
What stole the show, for me, was the sight of such lovely ballerina dancers. The Singapore Cabaret had a similar act and I feel it should be an INSEAD tradition if it isn’t already. For another act, we were also exposed to a magnificent view of rugby balls. Sorry, can’t post any photos ;-)