Catch Sword Swallowing & Acrobatic Roller Skating at La Clique in Marina Bay Sands, Arts News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – Heather Holliday swallows swords and eats fire for a living, but you couldn’t guess just by looking at her.
The little New York native, who has been pushing steel blades through her esophagus and stomach since she was 17, has a habit of knocking out people’s jaws.
“I’m going out and people could go, what is she gonna do, burlesque? Then I do (my number), and everyone is like, whoa, cause they ain’t got it saw it coming, ”she said.
“When people read about me they don’t think I’ll present the way I do. They might expect me to have cheek piercings, or pink dreads, to be a little more freak. show from the 90s. But I present in a more feminine and delicate way. “
Holliday is now in Singapore with La Clique, the first long-running international theater production at Marina Bay Sands since the Covid-19 breaker last year.
The cabaret-style production opens on September 18 and continues until November 7. It features nearly 20 acts, from a duo of acrobatic skaters to aerial straps and hoop performers.
Holliday, who was raised as a Mormon, got a break as a sword swallower at a side show on Coney Island in the 2000s after the snake charmer left.
She initially kept her job from her parents and practiced in secret – learning, for example, to suppress her gag reflex.
“It’s still there. People think it’s gone now, but your body doesn’t want you to die. Literally what you’re doing is removing it, but all the time you’ve got a sword in you, it goes up and it’s like a tickling feeling, ”Holliday says.
La Clique was launched in 2004 and has sold out in countries like Australia, the United States and Great Britain, winning a Laurence Olivier Award along the way.
The Singapore show is produced by Sliding Doors Entertainment in collaboration with Unusual Entertainment and Marina Bay Sands.
Host Bernie Dieter, 34, a German-born cabaret star, promises a fun night of “debauchery, lots of sexy circus, and the group is phenomenal. We try to make sure everyone has the best time, but in a really safe place. “way.
The show is family-friendly, she adds. “Not too risky. Very tasteful.”
La Clique was scheduled to open here in May this year, but has been postponed due to Covid-19.
There will be no marquee and the hall will only accommodate 250 people.
“We did our best to make it look like a spiegel tent,” says Dieter, referring to a large tent used as a place of entertainment.
“We created festoon lighting, and the drape almost looks like a circus tent inside this place. It will have that magical circus tent vibe, but with a lot more room to breathe.”
Holliday adds, “It’s funny, because everyone in the audience will be masked, so we won’t be able to see their reactions. Normally people look really scared, or their mouths are wide open, and I don’t. ‘wont make it. Look at this. “
Other stars range from acrobatic duo The Skating Willers to Berlin-born circus artist Oscar Kaufmann, 26, who will maneuver over and in a wet tub in an aerial straps routine, and perform another segment that involves a ruffle hat rack.
Then there’s 36-year-old Dutch hula-hoop artist Lisa Lottie.
“I have this huge stack of colorful hoops, almost 50 of them, and I’m going to be spinning them at the same time. They’re all going to be on my chest.”
Lottie, who learned the art of the hula hoop at the age of 21 and later joined a circus in India, had dropped out of high school and taken on other jobs.
“You start (usually) much younger, quite often as a gymnast, dancer or even martial artist. There are also circus programs for young people. ‘artist, who clown number and some contortions in the show.
“I actually wasn’t athletic at all. I had to work really hard, do a lot of stretching and get a lot of acrobatic coaching. I now have a circus degree.”
Lottie adds: “The biggest lesson I learned from this is that you are never too ‘anything’ to try. Never too old, too unfit … If you don’t try, you won’t. will never know. “
La Clique will travel to London’s West End after its visit to Singapore.
Dieter said: “I think it’s going to be a really special season, because of the state of the world. We can provide the audience with a really safe but incredible night of escape, wonder and joy. So – come and play. with us. “
Book it / La Clique
Or: Sands Expo and Convention Center, Exhibition Hall C, Level 1, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue
When: Sept 18 to Nov 7 4:30 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), 8 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday)
Admission: From $ 98
Info: Visit the Marina Bay Sands website