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Friday, Jun 6, 2014

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Famous duo will turn you upside down

The New Paper | Tan Tam Mei | Friday, Jun 6, 2014

UP IN THE AIR: Mr Kai Leclerc, juggling while standing upside down, almost 10m from the ground.

This is their first time in Singapore, but they have managed to turn our world upside down.

Performing duo Kai Leclerc, 45, who was born in Italy, and Ms Katrina Graholska, 26, from Latvia, will be performing The Upside Down Act at Parkway Parade shopping centre this whole week.

Their act is part of the mall's Great Singapore Sale festivities.

They will be performing three times daily until Sunday.

The Upside Down Act has been performed in Germany, the US and Switzerland.

Ms Graholska will be performing contortionist and aerial acts accompanied by Mr Leclerc, who will be walking, juggling and singing upside down.

The unique act takes place from a height of almost 10m above ground and will feature a short theatre and comedy skit.

The New Paper got to hang out with the duo from Kaiopoli Productions, a performing circus based in Switzerland, as they clowned around before their first performance last Friday.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO COME UP WITH THE UPSIDE DOWN ACT?

Mr Leclerc: I had a dream; that dream was to walk upside down. The very first upside down act took place about 100 years ago. The Ringling Brothers had a piece of metal on the roof and they stuck suction cups to their feet to walk upside down.

Ms Graholska: Of course, this was very dangerous, so they had a safety net below.

Mr Leclerc: They fell down very often, too.

My father was an architect, so whenever we wanted toys, we had to build them from scratch. So I decided to develop the act and make it my own. I experimented with paraplegic technology and special titanium.

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