During Art Basel, Miami is a sort of modern-day bacchanal. The lush tropics are invaded by jet-setters and artists who clash and converge in beautifully curated settings meant to transport fair-goers to another world.
The immersive experience L'Eden by Perrier-Jouët debuted at Casa Faena on Tuesday. Only NYC's theater club The Box proprietor Simon Hammerstein and lavish Miami real-estate developer Alan Faena could create such an artful Garden of Eden, in partnership with Design Miami.
Upon entering the stately, old Miami house, guests weaved through oversize palms, bountiful orchids and fragrant magnolias toward the indoor courtyard, where they mingled with visitors Katie Holmes, Lady Victoria Harvey and Petra Nemcova.
Performers draped in velvet capes and jeweled, horned masks wandered though the crowd. They led revelers to secret rooms, leaving others to sit on white leather settees and watch performers take center stage on a huge tree stump, which served as a solid base for pole dancers and acrobats. There was even a contorting archer who shot an arrow across the room while doing a backward handstand using her feet.
Among the other guests, model Shanina Shaik and her partner DJ Ruckus were kept rapt by the evening's highlight performance piece: Sarah Jessica Parker's emotional recitation of a W. H. Auden poem, after which she raised a glass of Perrier Jouët to the room. The performance piece ended with acrobats spinning overhead, suspended from the ceiling.
L'Eden is open to the public and will host forums and conversations through Thursday.