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La Soiree - Aldwych Theatre

La Soiree_Rajesh Amrale with Rajesh Rao. Photo credit: Chris Gardner

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE award-winning and popular La Soirée has announced multiple new acts for its winter residency at the Aldwych Theatre, where it runs from November 24, 2017 to February 3, 2018.

Featuring fabulous cabaret performers from across the globe, get ready to party with the newest incarnation of La Soirée’s infamous dysfunctional family as they revel in their posh new surroundings and make mischief in London’s glittering West End.

La Soirée’s heady cocktail of intimate cabaret, comedy, circus sideshow and contemporary variety is more potent than ever and this is their most daring line up to date.

Putting the Aldwych Theatre in a spin, La Soirée will transform this traditional theatre into an intimate cabaret club with La Soirée’s much-loved, in-the-round seating still in place. So step in from the cold, leave your troubles at the door and prepare to be charmed, astonished and electrified by the very loveable crème de la crème of the cabaret world.

This year’s debut acts include:

The Chilly Brothers Cradle Act featuring Nathan Briscoe and Maxime Blanckaert

Maxime and Nathan, AKA The Chilly Brothers, share the passionate belief that art should constantly renew itself and defy the limits of reality. Hailing from the prestigious National Circus School of Montréal, together they have mastered the death defying art of the Russian Cradle. From Canada to France, Asia to the Baltic Sea they have captivated audiences with their perilously epic performance. You’ll be on the edge of your seat throughout their jaw-dropping and surreal display of human strength and precision.

Mallakhamb India! featuring Rajesh Amrale with Rajesh Rao

This phenomenal UK exclusive from Rajesh Amrale and Rajesh Rao, is straight from the streets of Mumbai. Mesmerising yet immensely powerful you’ll be astounded by the amazing and ancient art of Mallakhamb. Rarely performed outside of its homeland of India, this pair of awesome acrobats will blow you away with their extraordinary mix of unparalleled strength, sensational speed and spectacular skill.

This outrageously talented pair first caught La Soirée’s attention over five years ago and they have been nurturing this cultural exchange for all these years.

Lea Hinz on Arial Hoop

Watching the captivating Lea Hinz onstage, one would never have guessed that she nearly gave up the world of performing for medical school! Record-breaking, six-time German Rhythmic Gymnastics Champion, Lea’s fusion of enchanting grace and flexibility, combined with dynamic power and impressive strength, gives aerial hoop a unique spin!

LJ Marles on his unique Tension Straps

With breath-taking balance and pinpoint precision, this home-grown Hackney talent is wowing audiences all over the world with his revolutionary new aerial concept. La Soirée brings you the exceptional Tension Straps! Entrancingly ethereal, LJ Marles is taking aerial straps to new heights; strength and grace coalesce for fearless physical feats which push the edge of aerial artistry.

Michele Clark on Hula Hoop

This daringly dexterous hula-hooper has hypnotised crowds across the globe, from China to the US. Risky rotations, inexplicable illusions and a truly original performance make for her signature style. With unique skill and distinct flair, Michele Clark’s hoop tricks will spin you dizzy!

Symoné. Photo credit: Chris Gardner

Hairhang by Fancy Chance

Fancy Chance has been hair hanging since 2007. Self-taught, she’s been dangling by her locks, doing one woman shows, dragging it up as Prince, burlesque-clowning it and causing general mischief for over a decade around the UK and the globe.

Hand to Hand featuring Leon Fagbemi and Klodi Dabkiewicz

Hailing from championship gymnastic backgrounds, this alluring pair unite for what makes the perfect partnership. Smouldering Leon, an ex-acrobatic gymnast, showcases sublime strength, and the fiery former rhythmic gymnast Klodi flaunts mind-bending flexibility. Together they share beautiful grace, outstanding balance, and sumptuous sensuality in their seductive and passionate hand to hand performance.

Symoné on Hula Hoop

This high energy hula-hooper is renowned for her distinctive dancehall rhythms and electrifying voguing. Specialising in multi hoop performance Symoné inspires a legion of hula fans to take their first foray into the world of hoops. With her fierce and sassy attitude, she will have you on your feet and swinging your hips in solidarity. Symoné will join La Soirée from December onwards.

Returning acts include Amy G, Cabaret Decadense featuring Andre-Anne Le Blanc and Stephen Quinlan and Daredevil Chicken Club featuring Jonathan Taylor and Anne Goldman.

This Christmas will also be the first time that La Soirée is offering La Petite Soirée, a family-friendly, fun and daring hour-long show for cabaret fans of all ages that promises all the spirit of the Olivier Award-winning entertainment but less of the sauce. La Petite Soirée will play at 3pm on Saturdays and throughout the Christmas holidays.

More artists for La Soirée and La Petite Soirée will be announced soon.

La Soirée and La Petite Soirée are presented by Brett Haylock, Mark Rubinstein and Mick Perrin.

NB: La Soirée may contain nudity and is recommended for ages 17+.

Image (top): Rajesh Amrale with Rajesh Rao. Photo credit: Chris Gardner.

Image (bottom): Symoné. Photo credit: Chris Gardner.