Not only the Eifel Tower and Champs Elysees are they key attractions of Paris. Moulin Rouge cabaret is also one of them. It was opened in 1889, and it managed to keep the highest level of popularity, attracting hundreds of guests from different parts of the world on a daily basis. That was the place where the famous dance of cancan appeared. Thanks to the highest artistic mastery of the dancers, exquisite decorations and the modern system of special effects, the show looks like a magic performance that conquers the mind of the viewers from the first second of the show.
The incredible success of Moulin Rouge
Words ‘cabaret’ and ‘Moulin Rouge’ became synonyms many years ago. Moulin Rouge is the most famous and popular cabaret not only in France but in the whole world! The creators of the venue, Josep Oller I Roca and Charles-Joseph Zidler were sure that it would be popular, but they couldn’t predict that the cabaret would be known by people all around the world, and new guests will come to see it even in a hundred of years after the opening ceremony.
The first guests were able to enter Moulin Rouge on October 6, 1889. Many tourists came to the city in order to participate in the opening ceremony of Eifel Tower and world fair commemorated to the 100th anniversary of the Bastille Day. The venue was fully booked on the first evening. Guests were amazed at the incredible performance and the exquisite dances of local ladies. Even though the cabaret is located in the Red Light district, and the name means ‘the red mill’, there is nothing inappropriate inside. Despite many rumors, the stage of Moulin Rouge was never used for filthy dances or the striptease.
Thanks to its unique style, Moulin Rouge managed to create the new understanding of the cabaret, and these days it became a really fashionable venue. Immediately after the opening ceremony, the venue was frequently visited by the wealthy and popular people, aristocrats and artists. Henri Marie Raymond comte de Toulouse-Lautrec Monfa was one of the most frequent visitors of the cabaret. He was an artist, and he created a lot of astonishing paintings here. Furthermore, he made portraits of the firs dancers, including Ivetta Gilbert, Luise Veber and many other performers of that time. By the way, the majority of dancers and performers came to Moulin Rouge from another venue immediately after the opening ceremony.
Moulin Rouge was a starting point for such famous people as Édith Piaf, Liza Minelli, Ella Fitzgerald, Elton John, and many others.
Moulin Rouge was opened in 1889, and it managed to keep the highest level of popularity, attracting hundreds of guests from different parts of the world on a daily basis. Thanks to the highest artistic mastery of the dancers, exquisite decorations and the modern system of special effects, the show looks like a magic performance that conquers the mind of the viewers from the first second of the show.
These days Moulin Rouge offers Extravaganza show. This is the best name for the performance that takes place in the cabaret. It involves more than 80 artists and performers, and more than a half of them was chosen during the tours of the cabaret all around the world.
During the show, the performers have to change more than 1000 of costumes created by the best designers from Italy and France. Their costumes are exquisite and extremely colorful, yet elegant and attractive. Nevertheless, they create a perfect look and real harmony.
The performance is perfectly added with attractive audiovisual effects. More than 80 musicians and 60 singers worked to create the musical part of the performance.
The performance is divided into 5 general parts, and each of them has its own interesting story. At the beginning of the show, guests are taken to the past in order to witness the history of Moulin Rouge. Dancers have to wear historical costumes, performing dances from old shows of the cabaret. After that, the viewers are taken to Indonesia. Here they have to see the story of a pirate, who met attractive women offering him a love for money. Later everything transforms into a circus show, cancan dancing and a lot of interesting performances.
The cancan dance is a real gem of Moulin Rouge. They say that one can see the proper cancan only in this cabaret. France is considered a homeland for that dance; however, it was adjusted by the British dancers.
The cancan dance was created from quadrille and galop dances, taking their fast movements and increased the tempo. It was invented in the 50’s by Celeste Mogad, but the specific movement of legs and skirts appeared only at the end of the 19th century. At the beginning of its history, the cancan was a solo dance, while dancers of the UK and the USA offered the traditional cancan.
The current shape of the cancan dance appeared in the 20’s when the choreographer Pierre Sandrini mixed the solo dance with the British dances and added loud shouting and laughing to the performance.
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