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10 October 2023  |  Culture, Tourism

Le Moulin Rouge, Paris

Who has never heard of the Moulin Rouge in Paris and the famous French Cancan. The Moulin-Rouge is a Parisian cabaret founded in 1889 by the Catalan Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler, who already owned the Olympia. It is located on Boulevard de Clichy in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, at the foot of the Butte Montmartre. A magical review, where the world of the spectacular is invented and shared with emotion. Through the revue “Féerie” composed of a troupe of 80 artists recruited from all over the world, 1,000 costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins which enhance the bodies of the artists, attractions with exceptional numbers which punctuate the show, and the unmissable French Cancan dance, the emblematic Paris cabaret invites you to live an unforgettable magical experience in the heart of Montmartre.

The French Cancan, a French story

The French Cancan dance is an eight-minute performance in front of the public during which the 1m70 cancaneuses lead the dance to a musical tune by Offenbach.

History in the 1820s. At that time, the quadrille was the dance performed in public balls in the capital. To the rhythm of original compositions taken from operas and ballets, couples indulge in this dance composed of five figures. The men quickly make it their own by performing messy tricks for a few minutes, a way for them to unwind. The name of this revisited dance: heckle.

Paris, 1850, is bustling. Theaters, comedies and public balls are booming. Some time after the ruckus broke out, some daring Parisian women decided to launch into this wild dance which served as an outlet. During these events, a dancer makes a name for herself. Celeste Mogador, star of Bal Mabille, makes the hearts of Parisians waltz with her naturalistic quadrille. Success is immediate! 10 years later, Charles Morton, the inventor of the modern Music Hall, presented this surprising dance on the Oxford stage. He renamed it French Cancan because it came from France and made noise. Shortly after its appearance in Oxford, this committed dance was banned because it was considered too daring.

In the city of Paris, on the other hand, the popularity of this now French Cancan quadrille is growing. Because ? The incredible gossipers of the Moulin Rouge. In 1889, these linen workers from the Butte Montmartre took the stage before the astonished gazes of spectators. For them, gossip is a way to challenge the established order. Some of them become emblematic figures. French Cancan shows in the sumptuous Moulin Rouge hall are becoming more and more popular.

So popular that it was in 1955 that Jean Renoir decided to take inspiration from them for cinema. He then directed the film French Cancan with Jean Gabin playing the character of Danglard. Even today, the Moulin Rouge and its dancers continue to make its visitors dream during sumptuous dinner shows. The opportunity to admire the gossipers in superb costumes sprinkled with feathers and sequins.

A period of respite between two wars

A moment of respite between the two wars, a period of transition with industrial progress and a rich cultural abundance where we have a lot of fun. It is a favorable period for artistic creation.

La Butte Montmartre

At the heart of this excitement, the Butte Montmartre is an emblematic place, the Basilica is inaugurated. Marginals and artists continue to frequent the ever-increasing number of cabarets, music halls and cafés, while bourgeois, aristocrats and demi-mondaines, attracted by nocturnal pleasures, will form their habits there. Café-concerts become the very symbol of this social and cultural mix.

Dinners with shows for a memorable evening


Show: 9 p.m. - La Revue Féerie, the Moulin Rouge show

Dinner 7 p.m. - A dinner hosted by the Chef (menus of your choice), accompanied by the Moulin Rouge orchestra. Doors open from 6:45 p.m.

Discover the different offers and reserve your places for an evening at the Moulin Rouge here:

Le Moulin Rouge, Paris

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A warm room

Enter this world for an exceptional evening. Glitter, warmth, all for an unforgettable evening. You can enjoy a dinner in the tradition of French gastronomy while discovering the great magazine “Féerie”. A constellation of hundreds of small red lamps placed on the tables will immerse you in the typical atmosphere of the Moulin Rouge.

The famous cabaret opens its doors

On October 6, 1889, the atmosphere was festive: with the opening of a new Music Hall in the Jardin de Paris. The public discovers this extravagant place, a gigantic dance floor, mirrors, a garden with an elephant and donkey rides.

Book your evening at the Moulin Rouge here:

Useful information

82, Boulevard de Clichy 75018 PARIS-MONTMARTRE 0153098282 Access M2 Blanche Bus: 30 / 54 / 68 / 74

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Amélie Roca

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