Enthrall your eyes and taste buds with cosmic majesty at Faena Theater’s Samsara Cabaret.
During an unforgettable evening, you’ll dine on mouthwatering courses prepared by our executive chefs while experiencing Samsara Cabaret, a triumphant, highly visual spectacle featuring original scores of reimagined classics and a dazzling array of interactive projections that harmonize with rapturous dancing, aerialists and stunning vocal and musical talent. As Artemis, an ethereal creature formed of stardust, makes her way across the galaxy on stage, start your gourmet flight with local burrata, succulent tomatoes and Meyer lemon confit or a tuna ceviche featuring plump sliced mango and avocado with a zest of habanero chilies. The swelling rise of a duet between violinist Shane Borth and cellist Ben Muñoz delights while you select either locally-caught mahimahi served with mole verde and a paprika emulsion or a tender 48-hour Malbec-braised short rib trimmed with crispy onions and candied walnuts. Artemis’ journey culminates in a blazing fire of discovery as she comprehends her true destiny while guests take pleasure in a decadent dessert tower replete with dulce de leche cheesecake pops, coconut-rum macarons and a bourbon pecan tart.
This tantalizing combination of epicurean indulgence and sensuous entertainment is available to guests every Friday and Saturday night.
MEET SAMSARA’S STAR DANCERS
Acquaint yourself with the dancers whose dynamic abilities and passion for their art captivate Faeana Theater’s spellbound audience.
Principal dancer Bianca Allanic delivers a delicately nuanced performance that breathes life into Samsara’s protagonist— a sentient being born of stardust. Extensively trained in classical ballet, Allanic has performed all over the world and evinces worldly curiosity as she journeys through the cosmos
Megan Stockman—both a dancer and an aerialist—adds a sizzling flare to the story. As comfortable in the air as on stage, Stockman and her jaw-dropping aerial work couples with Allanic’s balletic grace to create a triumphant story of creativity, energy and self-realization.
Like Stockman, Samantha “Sammie” Mixan was a featured performer in Faena’s incredible Sensatia Cirque Cabaret. This Nebraska native has had an affinity for gymnastics since childhood, and as an adult discovered her love for elemental performance—namely, fire-dancing. Mixan’s presence adds heat to Samsara and helps Allanic’s protagonist complete the journey from darkness into light.
THE MUSICAL HEART OF SAMSARA CABARET
These are the talented artists who come together to create the sound behind Samsara Cabaret at Faena Theater.
An unprecedented combination of experience and artistry produces a spectacle unlike anything you’ve seen before. Shane Borth lights up the stage with his electric violin. The classically trained composer hailing from Kansas City is well-versed in various styles, including rock, jazz, folk, swing, and bluegrass, bringing unbridled verve to Samsara. Benjamin Muñoz rocks in concert with Borth on his cello. The award-winning Missouri native is no stranger to composing either—he’s co-written three full-length ballets for Pittsburgh’s largest theaters.
Giving voice to the melodies are two female lead vocalists. Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, EnVee’s show-stopping voice infuses Samsara performances with unmistakable hints of her gospel, jazz and opera roots. Yoli Mayor, a semifinalist from America’s Got Talent, delivers soulfully stirring vocals reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and Etta James. Together, these powerhouse performers promise an unforgettable journey exuding authenticity, heart and passion.
Samsara Cabaret shows from Wednesday through Saturday nights.
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