New York Botanical Garden presents ORCHID EVENINGS
New York Botanical Garden
March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 22, & 23
(Entry Times at 7, 7:30, 8, & 8:30 p.m.)
Step Into a World of Color and Style
Lose yourself in twists and turns of color at New York City’s most spectacular evening outings. Discover famed designer Jeff Leatham’s colorful and bold vision for The Orchid Show—a kaleidoscopic display of dazzling orchids. The singular style and high energy of the evening performers set the stage for signature cocktails and local flavors from the Bronx Night Market.
Ticket Information: Non-Member Adults (21+) $39 | Patron/Member Adults (21+) $29
Orchid Evenings are for adults 21 and over. Advanced purchase recommended to guarantee admission; events do sell out. When purchasing a ticket, select an entry time to enter the Conservatory to view The Orchid Show. You may arrive anytime between 7–10 p.m. to enjoy the evening, although entry into the Conservatory is at the time indicated on your ticket.
Get Ready to Walk and Dance the Runway
Leading Waacking-style dancer-choreographer Princess Lockerooo teams up with Grammy-nominee Harold O’Neal to present a fierce and fabulous evening featuring dynamic performances, followed by a dance party for all.
Revel in the 60-minute stage show featuring musical performances by O’Neal and Dwayne Beach, followed by five choreographed works featuring dancers from across New York City, and culminating with a dance party set in front of the iconic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory! Wear your boldest floral-inspired fashion and join the cast for the finale walk down the runway.
About the Artists:
This multifaceted performance artist, content curator, educator and activist has been showcased on television (Harry, The Wendy Williams Show, So You Think You Can Dance), worked with top artists (Madonna, Jody Watley, Icona Pop) and produced entertainment for events at Lincoln Center, Summerstage, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, and SAP Next-Gen. A professional waacking artist and teacher of the 1970s club dance discipline, in a New York Times interview, Princess Lockerooo says waacking is unique because “the repetition of embodying confidence, which is required to do the dance — whether you feel it or not, you have to imitate it or fake it — that repetition eventually allows that feeling to live inside your body, and it becomes your reality.”
Pianist, composer, actor and dancer Harold O’Neal has performed with U2 , appeared in Jay-Z’s “Young Forever” video, and portrayed a piano-playing hepcat in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. He has been featured on MTV, NPR’s All Things Considered, Public Radio International’s Studio 360, Fortune – and been compared to Duke Ellington and Maurice Ravel by The New York Times. In the midst of the pandemic, O’Neal released a 6-track EP titled Marvelous Fantasy: Brave Living Dreams and served as a creative expert for Pixar’s Academy Award winning film Soul. Rob Wolcott of FORBES magazine writes: “In addition to O’Neal’s spontaneity, he’s one of the most distinctive, creative, insightful musicians at work today.”
For Dwayne Beach, the past few years have been an exploration of movement with sound. He has worked extensively with Kuchipudi Indian classical dance expert Yamini Kalluri, and together they have created a composition titled “East Meets West” which has been performed in the U.S. and abroad. He has played with the Asian Cultural Symphony of New York, One World Symphony, and the Sarajevska Filharmonija. He made his debut as a solo violist with Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2010.
In collaboration with Princess Lockerooo, Hector Perez creates vibrant and one-of-a-kind costumes inspired by the exhibition and waacking artform. Perez is a designer with House of Hallucination.
- Ali Castro
- Natasha Markwick
- Zenta Jin
- Shar Adrias
- Richard James
- Andrew Cox
- Britteny Schruefer
- Andrea Palesh
- DJ Kwikstep
Discover Local Flavors at the Bronx Night Market
Called New York’s Best Outdoor Food Fair by the New York Times, the Bronx Night Market brings together handpicked food vendors in celebration of our city’s diverse culture. A special pop-up during Orchid Evenings features a rotating selection of Market favorites for purchase.
Stay tuned for the vendor line up.
Enjoy Signature Drinks and Pre-Show Dinner
Purchase a signature cocktail, beer, wine, and more from one of our seasonal bars. On Saturday nights, enjoy a pre-show meal or light bite at the Hudson Garden Grill (last reservation at 5:30 p.m.). Make your reservations on opentable.com
About The Orchid Show
Featuring the dazzling floral creations of Jeff Leatham, the famed artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris and floral designer to the stars. Learn more.
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