Singapore F1 GP weekend promises something new: Part-burlesque, part- kitschy cabaret

Performers of The Box, which is known for its part-burlesque, part-kitschy cabaret.
Performers of The Box, which is known for its part-burlesque, part-kitschy cabaret.PHOTOS: THE BOX, DAMIAN LOEB, NICK DELANEY

New York City's The Box will present its risque theatrical acts here, together with local burlesque performer Sukki Singapora

Partygoers who are getting bored by the entertainment offerings during Singapore's annual F1 weekend can look forward to something different this year.

A new event at the upcoming Grand Prix party circuit is Boudoir Noire Presents The Box (NYC), which features two nights of entertainment from New York's famed nightclub establishment, The Box, here.

Known for its risque theatrical acts that are part-burlesque, part- kitschy cabaret, a night at The Box is often claimed to be reminiscent of the glitz and excess in New York's vaudeville halls in the 1900s.

Regulars at the club's standalone locations in New York and London range from celebrities to royalty.

The shows here will be held at Capitol Theatre on Sept 19 and 20, and cost $800 per entry. Table bookings are by invite only and start at $6,000 for six people for a deluxe table. The event can take up to 800 guests each night.

  • BOOK IT/BOUDOIR NOIRE PRESENTS THE BOX (NYC)

  • WHERE: Capitol Theatre 

    WHEN: Sept 19 and 20 

    ADMISSION: Tickets from $800 and deluxe tables from $6,000 for six people. Go to boudoirnoire.com

At the F1 weekend, Boudoir Noire will be going head to head with ritzy F1 nightlife staples including the Amber Lounge and Johnnie Walker parties.

Despite the stiff competition, Ms Jeannette Tan, 36, lawyer-turned- entrepreneur and founder of luxe lifestyle company Imaginoire that is behind Boudoir Noire, says the timing for the collaboration could not have been more perfect.

"We're ready for a more progressive brand of entertainment, which is what The Box offers," she says in a telephone interview alongside The Box founder Simon Hammerstein and event headliner, Singapore burlesque performer Sukki Singapora.

"It's not just DJs and thumping music. It's an interactive and immersive theatrical experience. We're hoping that it's what Singapore needs to inject excitement into what's becoming a rather staid and repetitive F1 party weekend."

The collaboration started after she contacted The Box last November. The Singapore Tourism Board and Media Development Authority (MDA) will be coming in to promote the event and keep the performances in line with regulations. MDA has yet to announce a rating for the event.

For Mr Hammerstein, the foray into South-east Asia was something he had his sights on. "We have held pop-up events at lifestyle capitals including Istanbul and Miami, so it's no surprise that Singapore would be the obvious choice for our first event in South- east Asia.

"We're very picky about venues but Singapore checks all the boxes with its international crowd and booming nightlife scene," he says.

He is tight-lipped about the production cost and the acts, but promises a show to remember.

"We're all about keeping up the suspense so I can't give you any details," he says cheekily when asked about the 30-odd crew that is coming from New York. "What I will say is to come with an open mind. We'll take care of the rest."

For Ms Tan, the most exciting part of the whole process has been adding a Singaporean flavour to the mix with London-based Sukki.

Sukki, who had previously campaigned for burlesque to be legalised in Singapore, performed her first solo show here in January at the Singapore Repertory Theatre.

Her act for Bourdoir Noire will see her performing in an illuminated structure shaped like a diamond ring doused in champagne. She says: "It's been eye-opening collaborating with The Box and we're all excited to introduce Singapore to a new brand of entertainment."

Guests will enjoy premium bottle service and a customised bar menu by local spirits curators, Proof and Company. Ms Tan adds: "They will get to try special cocktails from an all-star team of bartenders."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 16, 2015, with the headline 'Burlesque for F1 weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe