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Miami awash with "H2Ombre" at Arsht Center

You may want to bring a rain poncho.

Of course, it depends on what vantage point you decide to see “H2Ombre: Brave the Elements,” now at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. The show is a mix of aerial acrobatics, electronic music, 3-D projections, inflatable monsters and 6,000 gallons of water.

“The narrative is about going inside an artist’s mind,” explains Sergio Trujillo, the show’s creative consultant. “There are moments that will surprise you, and there are moments that will shock you. It is always visually stimulating.”

And moist. Very moist.

At least, it can be. Different ticket prices will have you standing in the deluge or seated with a light misting.

All that H20 is used to suggest a primal source of life and creation, says Gabriella Baldini, who created the show with Pichon Baldinu. Both are founders of the Argentine theater group De La Guarda. Working with the Arsht Center, they expanded “Hombre Vertiente [Watershed Man],” a 20-minute “immersive theatrical experience” created in 2008, into what is now an hour-long show.

“We always continued to create new parts and enlarging the show right up to the show you’re going to see now,” explains Baldini, adding that “H2Ombre” workshop performances played in Argentina, Israel and Mexico.

Trujillo, who choreographed Broadway hits such as “Jersey Boys” and “The Addams Family,” says, “I worked on it last year in Mexico City, and since then it has changed. It’s tricky, because it’s not the kind of show you can work on in a studio. You need the flying rig. You need things to be the proper height and have the proper technical elements.”

Redone specifically for the South Florida run, the show now has the audience enter through the center’s loading dock and make their way to the makeshift “Bubble Lounge” for cocktails and then the stage.

“The last scene of the show is very much a party, and very much involves the audience and the music and inflatable dragons 9 meters high,” Baldini says. “And then, we continue that party from our music to the music of the local DJ. You can move to the bar and continue the party.”

“H2Ombre” will run through through Aug. 31 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., in Miami. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with 3:30 p.m. matinees and 10:30 p.m. late shows Saturdays. Tickets cost $50, $65 and $85. Call 305-949-6722 or go to

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