‘Showtime at the Pink Flamingo’ and the Twilight Festival at the Atlantis should not be missed
Showtime at the Pink Flamingo (SAPF) is an exciting and vibrant explosion of color and fire – it’s a spectacle that should not be missed, so prepare yourself to laugh, dance and be on the edge of your seat as the cast and band perform an epic lineup of acts. High energy displays of acrobatic skill, exhilarating fire acts, comedy choreography, glass bottle juggling, balancing and live music are all a part of this Atlantis show.
Scott Maidment, Strut & Fret Production House creative director, has taken the glitz and glamor of the 1920s and combined it with a futuristic neon twist for the Atlantis show that is staged in a two-storey spiegeltent, the Queen of Flanders, which was shipped in from Belgium to house the show. The spiegeltent itself is a sight to behold – the ultimate cabaret and music salon. Spiegeltents are hand-hewn pavilions used as traveling dance halls, bars and entertainment salons since they were created in the early 20th century. There are only a handful of these unique and legendary “tents of mirrors” left in the world today. And one of them is set up at the Atlantis. Built of wood, mirrors, canvas and leaded glass, and detailed in velvet and brocade, each has its own personality and style.
From the acts to the spiegeltent itself, “Showtime at the Pink Flamingo” is a spectacle and the ultimate attraction that tantalizes the senses as a technical spectacle of color, music and frivolity collide. It’s an intoxicating theatrical production that’s intriguing and breathtaking, featuring a cast of international entertainers ranging from burlesque dancers, acrobatic artists and vocalists.
“We have a wicked live band from New York and quirky characters from every corner. Think: a Bahamas beach party meets showtime bright lights and razzle dazzle,” said Maidment.
“From the very first show, people were blown away by the skill and talent of the performers, and with the recent addition of the comic genius of the Daredevil Chickens, it’s only going to get bigger and better.”
And it’s interactive and participatory too. Each night, a few lucky audience members are tapped to take to the stage to engage with the performers.
Maidment said the inspiration for the show came from the idea of tourists and flamingos meeting in a spectacular showtime environment.
“One of the Bahamian traditions that I fell in love with when I came to visit was the Junkanoo parade, where local Bahamian dancers and musicians parade through the streets dressed in amazing bedazzled and brightly feathered costumes, so you will see references that celebrate this tradition. SAPF captures the feeling of The Bahamas as the ultimate vacation destination, and you’ll see a few guest appearances from the national bird of The Bahamas, the flamingo.”
“Showtime at the Pink Flamingo” is the piece de resistance of the Atlantis’ 10-week Twilight Electric Festival which runs through June 23.
The festival features a dedicated craft market featuring Bahamian artisans and a beach boardwalk-style culinary showcase that adds to the excitement.
As soon as you step through the harborside entrance to the Twilight Electric Festival site, and onto the pink boardwalk, you are greeted with a number of food stalls sampling local Bahamian dishes, and a Ferris wheel with carriages that will delight not only the children, but can seat two love birds perfectly as you take a ride looking out onto Paradise Island and the water.
The festival is akin to a fantasy world that goes beyond the norm.
A number of bars are set up throughout the site so that you can grab a drink, take a seat and enjoy the sunset while listening to the entertainment, and the children can run free, partaking in the activities that have been set up just for them, or for the adult that’s a kid at heart – all before the SAPF show starts.
When it was first announced, the show was billed as for a mature audience, and guests had to be 16 and older; but many parents don’t see anything too risqué (there was just one dance number that had Atlantis officials concerned) that their children can’t see, so Atlantis is leaving it up to the parents’ discretion as to whether or not they want their children to take in the show which does offer acts that will definitely delight even the youngest audience members.
The show features performers that have been hired from all over the world – Australia, Canada, the United States and France – people that Maidment worked with in other Strut & Fret shows, and some he’d only just met.
“It’s kind of a mix of having people you know will be amazing, and then throwing in a few new ingredients.”
Maidment’s Strut & Fret is a creative company that has delivered hundreds of world class events in dynamic and challenging environments that engage, enthrall and excite audiences within Australia and internationally. Strut & Fret’s work frequently combines theater, circus, aerial and spectacle.
Maidment was part of the creative team for Madonna’s Rebel Heart World Tour in 2015 and was invited to curate and direct entertainment for Madonna’s birthday parties in the Hamptons and Morocco. He also created a new show for Airbnb’s inaugural Open Spotlight festival in Los Angeles.
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