Since its establishment in 1889 in Bohemian Paris, Moulin Rouge has been entertaining its patrons with performances of seductive can-can dance revue, accompanied with popular music.
The cabaret is located in Montmartre area, close to the red-light district of Pigalle, a favorite place for bohemian painters, writers, poets and musicians. Moulin Rouge soon became a favorite rendevouz for aristocrats and bohemians who greatly revolutionized the 19th century intellectual and cultural scenario in Europe. With the efflux of time, its popularity has increased considerably, making it an iconic tourist destination.
The Iconic status
It is the creative birthplace of can-can dance form, raunchy no doubt, but immensely popular in different parts of the world. This form of physically demanding dance is performed in music halls by a bevy of female dancers. It is also the creative progenitor of more seductive cabaret style of dance.
Moulin Rouge acquired its iconic status also because its association with hugely talented painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec who was commissioned to make posters. A table was set-aside for him for having his meal, watch the show every night and paint. His prolific creations are now considered exquisite pieces of art.
Visiting Moulin Rouge
For the past 120 years Moulin Rouge has been a hugely popular place with adult visitors. You will find tourists taking photographs of the huge red windmill mounted on top of the building. Many of them go inside to watch the nightly show, sans family!
The show features more than 100 performers – 60 of them are pretty girls recruited from different parts of the world – all attired in the most extravagant costumes, that include lots of feathers, rhinestones, and sequins. Italian artists and craftsmen have created the spectacular sets.
Moulin Rouge produces a revue at huge costs – between 7 to 9 million Euros – that runs for 10 to 12 years. Feerie is the current show launched in December 1999. A new show is now under preparation and will open before Christmas 2010. Its title and theme are still a secret but it is sure its name will start with the letter ‘F’.
Toulouse-Lautrec abandoned his favourite table hundred years ago. In the last century Moulin Rouge got occasionally graced by notable performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra, Yvette Guilbert, Edith Piam and Elton John.
Moulin Rouge also inspired Hollywood to make popular films. The 1952 film starring Jose Ferror and Zsa Zsa Gabor was hugely popular. The 2001 film starring Nocole Kidman and Ewan McGregor were nominated for the Oscar.
An enjoyable evening
Spend an enjoyable evening of glitz and glamour. Relish being in the oldest and most famous of all the cabarets in the world. Order champagne with your dinner and enjoy the show.