FÉERIE at MOULIN ROUGE – BEST SHOW IN PARIS ?
MOULIN ROUGE – BEST SHOW IN PARIS
By Henning Høholt • Categorized as Musical,Theatre
FEERIE at Moulin Rouge. Paris, The best show in town.
PARIS/FRANCE: Once again, we have visited Moulin Rouge for their famous show Féerie, and as always, we have again been very amazed. This is absolutely first class, and one of the big events in Paris.
If you shall only choose one show in Paris. It must be Moulin Rouge.
• 600 000 spectators per year
• 50% French Customers , 50% International Customers
• 850 seats
• 2 shows a night, 365 days/year
• 80 dancers : 60 Doriss Girls and 20 Doriss Dancers
• 14 different nationalities on stage
• 8 millions Euros investment for the creation of “Féerie”
• 1000 costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins
• 800 pairs of shoes from size 35 to 47
• 1 aquarium of 40 tons of water
• 6 horses : toys and falavellas
• 5 pythons
• 120 maître-d’s, headwaiters and servers
• 240 000 bottles of champagne per year
• 700 silver champagne buckets
• 400 employees
• 1500 persons contribute indirectly to the maintenance of the show (décors, lights, music, costumes, feathers, …)
The Moulin Rouge, world-wide famous thanks to its French Cancan, and immortalized by the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, has always presented sumptuous shows to its spectators: from Valentin-le-Désossé and la Goulue’s Quadrille to the Redoutes and Operettas, from Colette to Mistinguett‘s great revues …the concept is still the same at the Moulin Rouge: feathers, rhinestones and sequins, fabulous settings, original music and of course…the most beautiful girls in the world !
Even a Norwegian Girl, Martine Østensen, from the norwegian west coast is member of the Doriss Girls. (Martine Østensen is daughter of Lene Skalleberg, who for many years was dancer with The Ballet at the Norwegian Opera, Oslo.) Another norwegian is the choreographer in residence Erik Sørensen, from Drammen.
Many international stars have performed on stage at the Moulin Rouge: Ella Fitzgerald, Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra, Elton John… They have all given exceptional galas, following in the footsteps of French celebrities such as : Maurice Chevalier, Jean Gabin, Edith Piaf or Yves Montand.
For 120 years, the most legendary cabaret in the world has welcomed millions of spectators who have come to admire the famous shows ! Today, the show of the Moulin Rouge, “Féerie”, continues the tradition.
You’ll experience the Moulin Rouge’s new “Feerie” review and the essence of Parisian cabaret. A troupe of 100 artists, including 60 legendary Doriss dancers, will entertain you dressed in exotic costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins. The sumptuous sets and vibrant light show of “Feerie” provide a colorful backdrop for brilliantly choreographed performances on moving staircases, in a gigantic aquarium, on swings and in garden settings.
The many variations in the show, gives a big variety, the good ideas for and behind each picture, the deliciouse color combinations, the feathers, good lighting and music following each idea. The acrobatic, clown, circus with the small horses, and last, but not least the real French Can can, with outstanding dancers.
The Show “Féerie“
The Moulin Rouge’s show, “Féerie”, has been created by Doris Haug and Ruggero Angeletti, who, since 1961, have been the directors of the most famous shows in the world.
Choreographed by Bill Goodson, “Féerie” consists of a troupe of 100 artists, including the 60 Doriss Girls that are recruited world-wide ; 1000 costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins, designed by Corrado Collabucci, and set up in the most famous Parisian workshops (for example, 800 pairs of custom-made shoes of the size 35 to 47, …) ; sumptuous settings with shining colours and unique designs created by Gaetano Castelliand made by Italian artists ; the best international and outstanding acts ; and the expected return of the giant Aquarium… all of that with music by Pierre Porte, using some 80 musicians and 60 members of the chorus.
“Féerie”, created to fulfill international audiences’ dreams !
“The Moulin Rouge today and yesterday, the Moulin Rouge forever”
The theatre lights switch off, the curtain is raised…and the entire troupe appears on stage, under the admiring gaze of the audience who find themselves entering the “Garden” of the Moulin Rouge to discover the magical atmosphere of the place. A touch of nostalgia !
What kind of adventures can happen to a pirate whose boat is anchored in Indonesia ? Dreams ? A perfect woman’s love ? … Once in the land, one meets priestesses, or a Gorgon in her temple surrounded by snakes, women jewels, tigresses, …
Will Sandokan have the opportunity to offer his treasures to the lady of his dreams or will we be witnesses to a sacrifice of love in the pythons’ den ?
The circus comes to town…with its band of clowns, Siamese twins, pierrots, acrobats, jugglers, weird wild animals and six miniature horses ! A colourful scene with beautiful music which ends with the great parade of the Doriss Girls and Doriss Dancers.
“The Moulin Rouge from 1900 to…”
The Moulin Rouge pays a tribute to Parisian women throughout the years : on the 14th of July, for the Liberation of Paris … with Java or Boogie music . Time passes and leaves space for new generations of women, more beautiful and free than ever !
At the highlight of this tribute, the Doriss Girls dance the world famous French Cancan !
In addition the staff, servants, the good following up, the welcoming atmosphaere, still with so many visitors night after night, and performance after performance nearly every day of the week, makes that the feeling of that this is the best show in Paris.
The French Cancan
The 6 th of October 1889, the Moulin Rouge opens its doors and welcomes for the first time on stage some young girls who perform a very different dance from the others : the Quadrille. Revolutionary movements, screams, boisterous rythm … frills and flowing skirts are lifted to show the young dancers’ legs and reveal their panties.
Most of the time, the dancers were “amateurs”, who by day were mainly washerwomen, linen maids, laundresses, seamstresses, and who transformed themselves into Quadrille dancers at night.
This new dance was a success and immediately attracted the crowds : middle-class people, princes, artists, writers… they all came for a little fun !
Two years later, the Quadrille was still fashionable and spread abroad, to the other side of the Channel. A British subject named Charles Morton decided to change the name of the dance and call it “French Cancan”, A funny dance that makes a lot of noise and comes from France !
Many lady dancers with suggestive names became famous :
la Goulue (the glutton) – the Toulouse-Lautrec’s muse – Nini Pattes-en-l’Air (a leg-over), Grille d’Egout (drain cover), la Môme Fromage (kid cheese)… Today, some 120 years after its first steps were made, the French Cancan is still presented every night on the Moulin Rouge stage, and has been in every show since then.
And dancing the French Cancan is not possible for everyone ! For this dance requires specific qualities both artistic and physical. A training period of five weeks is necessary for every new girl and the rehearsals are very frequent.
The Moulin Rouge’s French Cancan is famous and reclaimed world-wide. Be it for the Cannes Festival, Hollywood or even Hong Kong, the Carnival of Rio, Sydney, the troupe of Cancan dancers never hesitates to cross the frontiers to represent the Moulin Rouge and Paris.
The one and only original French Cancan is, and will always be, the one performed at the Moulin Rouge.
The Doriss Girls
This is a beautiful story that of a little girl from Germany who was taking dancing lessons without her parents’ knowledge and who became Miss Doris, the Moulin Rouge’s famous ballet mistress… Between the Karlshsruhe Opera and the Conservatory, she passes her diploma as a dance teacher and arrives in Paris, where the cabarets attract her. Miss Doris create her own troupe of dancers, named the “Doriss Girls”. From 4 in 1957, they are now a troupe of 60.
From 1961, Jacki Clérico, the owner of the Moulin Rouge, quickly recognizes the qualities in Miss Doris and Ruggero Angeletti to be the two choreographers that will be able to create great revues. The Doriss Girls have always been recruited from all over the world. Since 1997, Janet Pharaoh, the new ballet mistress auditions from Las Vegas to London and from Sydney to Paris to recruit dancers of both sexes who are able to join the show and perform on the Moulin Rouge stage. Amongst the 14 represented nationalities, main origins are Australia, Great Britain and Eastern Countries … and France !
Some criteria are compulsory : a good base of classical ballet training for all of them, the girls have to measure at least 1.75 m (5’8” ) and have astounding figures that will leave the spectators spellbound. The boys must be more than 1.85 m (6’3”).
The artistic directors pay particular attention to the aesthetics and the physical condition of the troupe : losing or gaining weight is controled ( + or – 2 kilos), cutting or dying one’s hair is strictly monitored… As well as regular rehearsals and dance classes the troupe, male dancers in particular, work out everyday with the Moulin Rouge fitness facilities in order to keep their bodies looking good for the Clients appreciation.
In addition to the 2 shows performed every night, the artists train regularly and continue taking dance lessons to remain at the height of perfection.
And every week, under the watchful eyes of the ballet mistress, Janet Pharaoh and her team (choreographer assistant,Cancan teacher, captains, …) and the stage manager, Thierry Outrilla, the Doriss Girls and the Doriss Dancers rehearse the show’s different scenes.
The show must be perfect every night !
A new Chef at the Moulin Rouge!
For the first time in its history, the Moulin Rouge integrates its kitchen and appoints
David Le Quellec
as Executive Chef.
Since the 1 st of April 2015, David Le Quellec has settled Place Blanche to manage the kitchen of the Moulin Rouge, in line with the standards and quality required by the very famous Parisian cabaret.
Born in Le Mans, David Le Quellec has shown a passion for cooking since the age of 5. He graduated first in his class before starting a long career behind the stoves. Private cook of a five-star general during his military service, the Chef moves up the career ladder quickly. After working for numerous Michelin starred restaurants such as Ledoyen, Taillevent or Le Cinq of Hotel George V, he goes abroad to perfect his skills in the Reform restaurant in Manchester UK. Then, he becomes Executive Chef of the Concorde Opera Hotel in Paris.
David Le Quellec’s career has been made up of wonderful encounters such as the Chef Philippe Legendre, a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Worker in France) with 3 Michelin stars, and the Chef Philippe Jourdin with whom he worked at the Four Seasons Terre Blanche during 8 years. Both Chefs enabled him to develop his own style and brought him a sense of creativity, the quest for the perfect movement and a taste for searching exceptional products.
As an Executive Chef, David Le Quellec uses all his talents to tease the taste buds of the public of the Moulin Rouge. To meet this new challenge, the Chef is assisted by Alexis Mathey and a team of 25 people to elaborate the menus A waiting staff brigade of 120 people works with him every evening to serve 600 meals in the mythical venue of the For the Moulin Rouge and its “Féerie” show, the arrival of David Le Quellec symbolizes a perfect alliance of the elegance of a breathtaking show with a fine cuisine specially created for the 600.000 spectators who come every year from all over the world for 2 hours of total dazzling and unforgettable happiness.
“With David Le Quellec, our goal is to offer a haute cuisine that expresses and continues the image of the sophisticated and Parisian nightlife which has been so characteristic of the Moulin Rouge for more than 125 years” declares his President, Jean-Jacques Clerico.
“For me, the Moulin Rouge represents the combination of tradition and modernity for a live show. It matches perfectly the spirit of my cooking, both innovative and traditional, with a modern twist” complete the new Chef David Le Quellec.
The Moulin Rouge’s Brigade, which consists of 120 maître-d’s, headwaiters and waiters, works every night in the legendary hall which accommodates up to 900 guests.
A team of 25 cooks prepare the meals served to our Clients.
Executice Chef David Le Quellec, a reference in the French gastronomy, proposes a traditional homemade cooking, a production based on the quality and freshness of the food products. A new guarantee of creativity and quality to serve the Moulin Rouge customers.
Their wines and champagnes are selected by our wine cellarman among the famous french best growths. The Champagne is the official drink of the Moulin Rouge with 240 000 bottles opened a year !
Moulin Rouge propose 2 different menus : Toulouse-Lautrec and Belle Epoque, plus “A la Carte”, Vegetarian and Vegan menus.
The dinner is accompanied by the Moulin Rouge Orchestra and allows people to enjoy the dance floor until the show begins.
‘Féerie’ consists of : a troupe of 80 artists, including 60 Doriss Girls recruited world-wide ; 1000 costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins, made in the most famous Parisian workshops ; sumptuous sets in shimmering colours, uniquely designed by Italian artists ; outstanding international acts, and the giant aquarium; all this performed to original music recorded by 80 musicians and 60 chorus singers.
- PRODUCED BY Jacki Clerico
- CREATED BY Doris Haug et Ruggero Angeletti
- CHOREOGRAPHED BY Bill Goodson
- COSTUMES DESIGNED BY Corrado Collabucci
- DÉCORS Gaetano Castelli
- LIGHTS SETTINGS BY Christian Bréan
- MUSICS Pierre Porte
- LYRICS Charles Level
- ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Janet Pharaoh
- RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER Erik Sørensen
- SHOW SUPERVISOR Amanda Liddle
- STAGE DIRECTOR Thierry Outrilla
- STAGE MANAGER Olivier Lepelletier
- LIGHTING MANAGER Eric Legrand
- SOUND MANAGER Bruno Ravary
Please visit http://www.moulinrouge.fr/ for fully information about all the questions you may have.