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Bal Du Moulin Rouge!

The Moulin Rouge was a cabaret established in 1889 at Pigalle in Paris. It was what some would call the “spiritual” birthplace of the can-can, a dance performed by the, Chahuteuses ( unruly girls).

The Japonism , a movement of Far-East inspiration using influences from the Japanese style in French Art, was at its height. Toulouse-Lautrec, with his famous Japanese engravings, was one of the most famous disciples of that time. The atmosphere of Japonism fitted perfectly to the appearance of the first cabarets, such as the Moulin Rouge in 1889. Joy and vitality reigned in this extravagant theater, favouring artistic creativity and a full of fancy ­ atmosphere, which broke completely with the rigid classicism of that period.

In 1929, after the retirement of Mistinguett, one of the famous stage performers of that time, and under new ownership, the Moulin Rouge was depleted.

Six years after World War II, the Moulin Rouge was purchased and revived in June 1951 by a Georges France, alias Jo France, the founder of Balajo.

Today, a night at the Moulin Rouge remains pricey and well worth the entertainment. Courtesans still perform this seductive dance, the can-can, whilst the rich and the common people lose themselves in the dance, the music and the beauty that is the Moulin Rouge.

Categories: Art, Theater
  1. June 19, 2010 at 5:46 pm
  2. Lisa O`Brien
    July 30, 2010 at 12:58 am

    “Courtesans still perform at the Moulin Rouge?” I`ll have you know, as an ex Moulin Rouge dancer myself, that you have to have many years of classical ballet training to dance there. They audition twice a year for dancers at Pineapple in Covent Garden. Yes, you have to be beautiful , and at least 1m 70 [5FT 7IN], but if you are not a trained dancer, no matter how beautiful you are, then forget it. And we are most certainly NOT interested in fraternising with the public. Japanese and American tourists really don`t float the boat of the girls there.

    • July 30, 2010 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you for the little tid bit of insight! Very interesting. I wonder if the guidelines to be a part of the Moulin Rouge were as strict in the 19th century. It is interesting to see how things evolve over time. Thank you for your intersting comment!

      Rhetorical Advocate

    • July 30, 2010 at 5:39 pm

      Also, I just wanted to post here that I am not an American tourist and have great admiration for the sheer beauty of all that is the Moulin Rouge, otherwise, I would not have posted on it.

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