A cabaret is a risky business, but the artists of La Clique know that in these times of pandemic, the real tease is proximity.
The first long-running theatrical show with international cast brought in person to Singapore since last year’s Breaker, it mixes derring-do exploits with moments of sheer silliness.
A man undresses in a three-piece suit as he hangs from a flying coat rack; a woman bounces squealing in a giant pink eraser bubble.
Ribald’s emcee, Bernie Dieter, enthusiastically sings the touch. A common gag is that she continues to try to reach the public, always thwarted at the last minute by the director who has been suffering for a long time.
La Clique was scheduled to open here in May this year, but has been postponed due to Covid-19.
Now it takes place in one of the showrooms at Marina Bay Sands, redeveloped into a spiegeltent, the classic large tent used as an entertainment venue.
It creates an intriguing change – one feels close to the performers, even though all the necessary social distancing restrictions are in place – although due to the flat levels, people further back may find it difficult to see the acts. non-aerial and the sound quality is not superb.
Yet there are some truly breathtaking moments in this show. The Skating Willers, a roller skating duo, perform such dizzying acrobatics on the narrow stage that half the time you’re terrified, one of them will run into the audience.
Then there’s Heather Holliday, the classiest sword swallower you’ve ever seen. She also spits fire in a flamboyant finish.
It feels oddly defiant watching all of this in a pandemic. After all, as Liza Minelli sang in the musical Cabaret, “What good is the use of letting a doomsday prophet erase every smile?” Come to the cabaret.
Or: Exhibition Hall C, Level 1 Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue
When: Until November 7 4:30 p.m. (weekend), 8 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday)
Admission: $ 98 to $ 188
Info: Pre-event tests are mandatory for unvaccinated audiences. For more information, visit their website.
Reunion: Timeless Love and Art in Return Of The Condor Heroes
See original artwork from the classic manga adaptation of Return Of The Condor Heroes, the 1959 epic of Louis Cha, the legendary wuxia novelist (Chinese martial arts) who died in 2018.
The manga series, released in Singapore in 1997, took Asia by storm and put Singaporean comic artist Wee Tian Beng on the map. Over 1.5 million copies were sold, setting a record for local comics at the time.
In this exhibit at Orchard Road Zall bookstore, wuxia fans can check out the artwork from the series as well as out-of-print editions and calligraphy by the esteemed poet and recipient of the Pan Shou Cultural Medallion.
Visitors can pose with the standing people of rebel Yang Guo and her ethereal mentor-turned-lover Xiaolongnv (Little Dragon Girl). The doomed couple made their way to the top of the pugilist hierarchy amid the political turmoil in Song Dynasty China.
On Saturday October 9, publisher Asiapac Books will host the launch of the Limited Edition Collector’s Box, which has been remastered with new Wee covers and bonus comic book pages. It will take place both in person and live via Asiapac’s Facebook and YouTube.
Or: Zall Bookstore, 01-02 / 02-18 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road
When: Until October 17, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. Book launch on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Admission: To free. Limited places for the book launch, register on bit.ly/ROCHOct9
Info: Asiapac Books Facebook page
Lots of things ! ScRach vs MarcS
It will be difficult to surpass Full Out! 2019 da: ns festival, a high octane extravaganza that brought award-winning street dance teams from around the world together in the Esplanade Theater.
Nonetheless, ScRach vs MarcS seeks to invoke some of those thrills in this open-air showdown between local street dancers, who will pit various styles and philosophies against each other – choreography versus freestyle, figure versus showcase, and more.
Husband and wife duo Marcus Tan and Rachel Lee will each lead a team of dancers in the showdown, for the audience to judge. A final that announces the results of the four performances will be broadcast live on Facebook.
Or: Esplanade Open Air Theater, 1 Esplanade Drive
When: October 14 to 17, 8 p.m.
Admission: $ 38 via Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to Sistic website)
Info: Pre-event tests are mandatory for unvaccinated audiences. In case of rain, the start time of the event may be delayed. For more information, visit this website.