Moulin Rouge ,located in the district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy,Paris , is the most prestigious cabaret worldwide built in 1889 by Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia. The Moulin Rouge is marked by the red windmill on its roof.
The Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today the Moulin Rouge is a tourist destination, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. Much of the romance of turn of the century France is still present in the club’s decor.
When first opened Moulin Rouge, which means “red mill,” was just that: a huge windmill painted red. It became a landmark, and a symbol of the joie de vivre, the joy of life , in Paris at the time.
The Moulin Rouge was the “rendezvous du high life.” It was a theater, a concert hall, and a dance hall ,all at the same time.In the early days of the Moulin Rouge, courtesans first adapted the can-can, which had been known as a respectable, working-class party dance, to entertain the male clientele. The dance was usually performed individually, with courtesans moving in an energetic and provocative way in an attempt to seduce potential clients. It was common for them to lift their skirts and reveal their legs, underwear and occasionally the genitals,and as time progressed can-cans seen at the Moulin Rouge became increasingly vulgar and overtly erotic, causing much public outrage.
“Feerie”, the new show
The sixty Doriss girls, together with our one thousand feather, shinestone and sequin costumes, the famous French Cancan as well as the giant aquarium await you in the most prestigious cabaret worlwide.
The current revue is named ‘Feerie‘. This show contains 4 main scenes with a total of 69 songs. The multiple acts are performed by a total of 100 artists including Doriss girls (similar to Las Vegas showgirls), dancers, acrobats, magicians and clowns.
Each revue runs for 10 to 12 years and costs 7 to 9 million Euros. The show “Feerie” was launched in December 1999. A new show has been under preparation for a long time and is almost ready. Scripts, songs, and costumes have been prepared, and the music has been recorded in a studio. The cabaret is expected to close for about five weeks beginning November 15, 2012, to revamp the stage and sets for the new revue. Reopening scheduled just before Christmas 2012. Tradition demands that the name of the new show begin with “F”. The new Revue is called FLASH.
Bal du Moulin Rouge restaurant
Created in 1959, the restaurant is integrated is part of the Moulin Rouge. Every night, at the sound of the orchestra, more than 800 persons from around the world come to taste the specialties prepared by Chef Laurent Tarridec served with the finest wines and champagnes.