Moulin Rouge – The worlds best Cabaret show.
- The worlds best Cabaret show.
Visited by Tomas Bagackas and Henning Høholt.
PARIS/FRANCE: The world-famous Moulin Rouge cabaret venue is a Parisian treasure. Opened in 1889 during the innovative and optimistic Belle Époque, the Moulin Rouge was a welcome addition to the city. France was no longer at war, a century was coming to an end and creativity was blooming — what better time to launch a dance hall? Founders Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler were confident that their place would outshine all others with its huge dance floor, many mirrors and atmosphere of total euphoria.
The Moulin Rouge is recognizable for its trade mark. The Red Mill.
The red stylized windmill designed by Adolphe Willette has become one of the iconic images of Montmartre.
The Moulin Rouge was an immediate success.
Le Tout Paris flocked there to dance the famous quadrille that the Englishman Charles Morton soon called French Cancan!
The first strip-teasers, French Can-Can and semi nude dancers appeared on stage in 1893 and made the reputation of the Moulin Rouge throughout the world!
The names of the legendary dancers such as La Goulue, la Môme Fromage and Nini Pattes en l’air are for ever attached to the history of the Moulin Rouge.
They were also immortalized in the many drawings and paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec.
French Cancan was obviously condemned by the high-minded society of the time for its provocative, vulgar and sometime obscene style, but this didn’t deter the Moulin Rouge to be one of the most popular entertainment halls of Paris throughout the decades!
Tourists still flock to the Moulin Rouge to attend the shows which evolved through the decades.
Vulgarity has given way to erotic shows, a style which appeals to a wider public.
The Moulin Rouge shows are led by the gorgeous Doriss Girls.
These 60 dancers are from fourteen different nationalities, and are all handpicked.
They all must necessarily be graduates of classical dance and be at least 1.75 m!
The 20 Doriss Boys who dance with them on stage must be at least 1.85 m.
The dance troupe was created in 1957 by Doris Haug who died in the summer 2014 at the age of 87.
The Moulin Rouge shows include also a dozen artists such as acrobats and jugglers.
Many famous artists (Mistinguett, Edith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier, Yves Montand, Liza Minelli, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra!) have performed on stage for gala evenings.
La Toya Jackson even performed there briefly in the 90s!
The Moulin Rouge today entertains 600,000 spectators per year; half are foreigners, mainly Chinese, Russians and Americans.
The cabaret boasts a fill rate of 97% every night of the year and employs about 450 people.
In 2013 it realized an impressive turnover of 65 million euros!
The Moulin Rouge has retained its Belle Epoque decoration, but the building is now lost in the fumes of exhaust pipes.