Pop-up Cabaret: An Extravagant Orchid Show in Miami’s Design District

As a lush performance piece, the new show Orchid—mounted in a wood-and-mirror European tent in Miami’s Design District—is something to see. There are a number of sense ticklers on offer, from the nimble, Cirque du Soleil-style athletics of the cast to the florid costumes to the palpable heat of a fire handler. It ends up being a cross between a mildly naughty burlesque show, a pop-song mash-up a la Moulin Rouge!, and a series of acrobatic feats conducted by performers whose extremities swoosh past the heads of the audience in a dangerously thrilling way.

The story, such as it is, concerns a Master Gardener who creates a voluptuously beautiful Orchid. After some self-discovery and ensuing ennui in her garden paradise, she flees to find Life in the “wicked city,” which seems to have based its vices on a theme-park version of Weimar Berlin. Of course, all turns out as it should for the fetching flower.

Miami’s fertile cultural scene and blossoming urban life provides the ideal setting for the premiere of Orchid, which runs through January 6th

The show is the brainchild of entrepreneur Martin LaSalle, a former juggler who worked with such talents as producer David Schwarz, director William Baker (who helmed Britney Spears concerts, among others) and architect Luis Pons to create a sensually rich environmental experience. Miami’s fertile cultural scene and blossoming urban life provides the ideal setting for the premiere of Orchid, which runs through January 6th. After that it may travel to Los Angeles or New York.

An added lure is an on-site, pop-up restaurant run by acclaimed Miami toque Michelle Bernstein. Her classic favorites—croquetas, fried chicken, lobster sliders—are all available either before or after the show, a good way to store up energy for or burn off steam after a sultry celebration of the flesh. www.Orchidtheshow.com

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