La Clique Hits Sydney Opera House For Its 20th Anniversary This Year

In an Australian exclusive for its 20th anniversary, trailblazing cabaret variety show ‘La Clique’ will shimmy into the Sydney Opera House this October-November.

'La Clique' - Image © Cherezy Photography

The homegrown production has achieved cult status, blending burlesque, circus, and new vaudeville. It’s enjoyed 54 sell-out seasons across Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania. This celebratory iteration of the show embraces two decades of contribution to the world of live entertainment, as it brings fan favourites and next-gen performers together.

Industry icon Ursula Martinez returns, with a special appearance of her magical signature act ‘Hanky Panky’. Plus, Lj Marles defies gravity and gender in his Australian debut, using tension straps (his own invention), and Australia’s self-titled ‘problem child of cabaret’ Tara Boom pops in with hula hoop chaos and enchanting foot juggling.

Leather-clad showman Mario, Queen Of The Circus rocks the house with juggling alongside the fire-breathing, sword-swallowing Heather Holliday, and multidisciplinary artist David Pereira, who mesmerises with aerial skills and contortions.

Plus, in honour of this birthday season, Mirko Köckenberger (GER) raises a glass, or two or three. . . In his freshly-minted champagne hand-balance routine. Straps artist Tuedon Ariri also makes her ‘La Clique’ debut with a specially commissioned act, in an homage to the original ‘Bath Boy’.

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Image © Jody Hartley

“Unique crucibles each in their own way, the Sydney Opera House and the show ‘La Clique’ nurture that intoxicating audience-artist alchemy that is the very essence of live entertainment,” Spiegelmaestro David Bates says. “Australia’s premier venue is the perfect platform for our dysfunctional family of prestige artists to kick off this sexy, funny and dangerous salute to two decades of the genre-defining experience that is ‘La Clique’.”

“Irreverent and joyful, ‘La Clique’ is the perfect nod to the old-world charm of classic vaudeville with a contemporary twist,” Sydney Opera House Head Of Contemporary Performance, Ebony Bott says.

“With an exceptional line-up of world-class performers curated specifically for this milestone season, Sydney Opera House is thrilled to be bringing ‘La Clique’ to our stages this spring. Pop open the champagne and join us as we bring two Australian icons together to celebrate twenty years of ‘La Clique’.”

Tickets are on sale 5 July.

‘La Clique’ plays Sydney Opera House 10 October-17 November.

This story originally appeared on our sister site, scenestr.