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Beau Rivage atrium gets a whole new show this summer

MARY PEREZ/SUN HERALDAt first look people wonder if the spinning women hanging by silk high in the atrium at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino are real. The display is a promotion for this summer's cirque-style show, BraVeau.
MARY PEREZ/SUN HERALDAt first look people wonder if the spinning women hanging by silk high in the atrium at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino are real. The display is a promotion for this summer's cirque-style show, BraVeau.

Those accustomed to a colorful display of flowers for every season in the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino should look up and see what's new this summer.

Teresa Malone, horticulturist at the Beau Rivage, and her crews are always looking to "wow" visitors with something new. This time they got really creative.

Motorcycles are suspended from the ceiling and women twirl overhead as a preview to this summer's new cirque-style show, BraVeau.

Pronounced "bravo," the DreamCast Entertainment production for MGM Resorts International brings back Bello Nock, with his stand-up hair and daring performances on the Wheel of Wonder and Sphere of Fear. He joins an international cast of acrobats, aerialists, dancers and stunt performers who come to Biloxi from as far away as Russia and Mongolia.

The show begins June 7 and runs through Aug. 7 at the Beau Rivage Theatre and runs nightly from Monday through Thursday, with matinees and evening shows on Saturday and Sunday.

The show in the atrium began this week in the middle of the night.

"It has to be done at night," said Malone. A large lift was brought in so workers could get up high, hang the performers and put them on spinners.

Once people look up and notice the women, they love them, Malone said. "I don't know how many people have said, 'Are these ladies real?'"

They aren't real, but the glass ceiling of the atrium and the spin makes them look realistic.

Down below, the color scheme of yellow mums and purple gomphrena flowers was decided months ago and the idea for the BraVeau display came up about six weeks ago.

Seven members of Malone's staff and five gardeners from Turf Masters worked through the week to switch from the spring display to what will mix patriotic and summer for a bravo display when they're done.

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