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Faena Theater in Miami Beach Brings Cabaret to a New Generation

Cabaret reached its height in popularity in the early 20th Century, but it's making a comeback. This weekend, Faena Theater in Miami Beach will open C’est Rouge! — a new fantastical late-night show. 

With the subtle decline of nightclubs in SoBe (erstwhile mainstay Mansion went under last year), locals are heading out to gastropubs and bars more frequently. However, there are only so many bars you can hit up with your friends before the words “bottle service” and “cover charge” get old.

That’s where C’est Rouge! comes in.  

The show is the first original production for the fashionable, 150-seat theater inside the Faena Hotel. It's a live, cabaret-inspired musical experience that celebrates sensuality and desire through vignettes and dance routines, which are set to Latin American and jazz rhythms of a septet.

The fantastical production, brought together by Alan Faena, is a collaboration between the hotelier and Spanish choreographer Blanca Li. The dancer has been awarded distinctions such as the Gold Medal of Fine Arts by the king of Spain in 2009 and the Legion of Honor by the French president in 2015. It's safe to say she's kind of a big deal.

C’est Rouge! from faena.com on Vimeo.

Aside from operating his luxury hotel, Faena is developing his billion-dollar Faena Arts District along Collins Avenue in Mid-Beach. He and business partner Len Blavatnik have been revolutionizing the way properties, hotels, and businesses are developed since 2000, when they first began in Buenos Aires.

And now they have taken their talents to Miami Beach.

Throughout the performance, beats of Latin, jazz, and R&B are enhanced by wild costumes worn by actors, dancers, and even acrobats. The dresses are handcrafted by local and international artists and designers, such as Erik Halley, who handled the accessories; Fifi Chachnilfor, who worked on the lingerie; and Christian Louboutin, who focused on footwear.

Adding to the glamour is the theater's decor, luxurious in velvet, gold leaf, and chandeliers. So for a mere $45, you can feel like a million bucks in just one night. And if you think the show is more of a one-time event à la Cirque du Soleil, think again. It will run every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer. 

C’est Rouge!
Begins Saturday, June 4, at Faena Theater (3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Doors open at 9 p.m., and showtime is 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45. Visit ticketmaster.com or faena.com.  
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Nicole Lopez-Alvar is a contributing writer for Miami New Times who loves food. A Miami native, Nicole attended Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove and later graduated from the University of Miami.