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Orion embassy outpost cabaret exterior

An Orion cabaret on Qo'noS. (2257)

A cabaret was a type of entertainment venue.

The Orion embassy outpost on Qo'noS included several cabarets, with holographic dancers projected above their entrances. One was visited by a USS Discovery landing party to gather information near the conclusion of the Federation-Klingon War in 2257. (DIS: "Will You Take My Hand?")

The idea of having a cabaret in the Orion outpost on Qo'noS was thought up by the Star Trek: Discovery staff writers, who also conceived of it as a slightly "sexy" place. "We had very little time to do the cabaret," recalled DIS Production Designer Tamara Deverell. "I thought, well, we're in Klingon world, and may this serve history of… This was a Klingon building on Qo'noS that the Orions took over, and then they made it into their embassy, and then it became their cabaret." This concept allowed the art department free reign to reuse, from earlier in the first season of Discovery, some of the show's Klingon set pieces, a lot of which they had managed to retain. ("Designing Discovery", DIS Season 1 DVD & Blu-ray special features) Another reason the DIS staff were attempting to make use of what they already had was that it was the end of the show's first season. As a result, they created the Orion sex cabaret by redressing the set of a Klingon graveyard chamber from the Sarcophagus spacecraft. [1] The set for the Orion cabaret combined this graveyard set with a reuse of a set that had served as the ISS Charon's throne room. "[The cabaret set] just evolved that way out of the desperate need to reuse things," said Deverell, "but also, 'Wow, this could be something really cool.'" ("Designing Discovery", DIS Season 1 DVD & Blu-ray special features) Upon designing the Orion set's architectural elements, Deverell took cues from Star Trek: The Original Series. The art department also took inspiration from several Eastern cultures. "We used Indian carved room dividers and Moroccan tapestry, and Far east fabrics," stated Deverell. "It was lush like a bordello in the 1800s. We were allowed to go crazy." [2]
The cabaret was shown to have been taken over by the former Terran Empire emperor Philippa Georgiou in a "bonus scene" deleted from "Will You Take My Hand?".

Rigel II also had a cabaret. In 2267, while on the Shore Leave Planet, Leonard McCoy recalled two girls from the chorus line there. (TOS: "Shore Leave")

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