Whispers from the Dragon’s Teeth Gate: Rediscover Singapore’s History in This Multi-lingual Play

Witness the enthralling tale of Singapore’s transformation from an island of immigrants to a nation forged by our multi-ethnic cultures through an original dance-drama Whispers from the Dragon’s Teeth Gate. Held on 20 April 2019, the production is presented by Dance Ensemble Singapore (DES Arts), in collaboration with Sri Warisan Som Said Performing Arts.

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The performance takes the audience on a journey 700 years back in time. Over the course of four acts, viewers will get to witness various historic moments – from the legendary voyage of Sang Nila Utama and the discovery of the Dragon’s Teeth Gate, to the progress of Temasek as it transforms into the metropolitan city that we know as Singapore today. 24 dancers from DES Arts and Sri Warisan will take to the stage, displaying an exciting fusion of dance techniques.

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Commissioned by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre (SCCC) in commemoration of the Singapore Bicentennial, Whispers from the Dragon’s Teeth Gate aligns with SCCC’s objective of developing new programmes that bring Singapore’s distinctive multi-culturalism to the public.

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Do note that the play is delivered mainly in Mandarin and Malay. While all non-English conversations are eventually translated or explained, non-native speakers of the colonial tongues may feel disconnected from the play during these short periods of time. Thankfully, there will be English subtitles shown on the screens, so viewers will still be able to enjoy the performance despite the language barrier.

Whispers from the Dragon’s Teeth Gate

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Date: Saturday, 20 April 2019
Time: 3pm and 8pm
Venue: Far East Organization Auditorium, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard, Singapore 018906

Tickets start at $30. For more information, visit

Photos by Soloman Soh of the DANAMIC team.

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