When you enter the Moulin Rouge, you enter another dimension, another time, the Paris depicted by Toulouse Lautrec. We have the impression to be part of the decor and to be characters of the paintings of the artist. The show will make reference to the painter...
The auditorium is magnificent, there are tables with red armchairs everywhere, on several levels, so that no matter where you are, everyone can see the show, especially since the stage is very wide.
It's cosy, you feel good. But beware, it is forbidden to take pictures, even of the scenery. Big removable chandeliers attracted our attention, we suspect that something will happen there during the review,"Féérie".
What impressed us the most? The attention to detail: the Moulin Rouge is everywhere, even on the mosaic on the floor of the toilets, where the red atmosphere dominates and where each cabinet has a name, "Diamant", "La Môme Fromage" for example.
For those who start with dinner at 7pm, a band accompanies them with music until 8:45pm. If you have chosen to arrive for the show only (performance at 9pm and 11pm), depending on the formula chosen, you will have champagne, Delamotte brut.
Black in the room, music and let's go for more than 1h30 of review.
"Dance, dance, Paris dance", the dancers, the Doriss Girls, appear on stage, all dressed in silver. Finally, the women will not remain it very long, as wants the tradition of the Parisian reviews.
The dancers ' dresses fly and twirl in"Le Jardin des Souvenirs", a painting that refers to Toulouse Lautrec.
But very quickly comes"Féerie", the main song of the revue with its"let the wings of the Mill protect us until the morning" and"we plugged in the Sunlights, it's Féerie", a heady song that will stay in your memory for a long time, believe us.
The staircase at the back of the stage unfolds, the artists are all in red, there are feathers, lots of feathers, the shells worn by the Doriss Girls are removable and turn into a skirt... Impressive.
On the major tables, all the dancers are on stage, they are nearly fifty. But, fortunately for them, the stage is very wide and has several levels.
If some of the songs sound a bit kitsch (but isn't that what we are looking for at the Moulin Rouge?) the show will amaze us from start to finish.
The Moulin Rouge, the emblematic Parisian cabaret, attracts spectators from all over the world, so to satisfy everyone,"Féerie" includes scenes inspired from all over the world: Bollywood dance in an Indian palace setting with costumes not made of feathers but of pearls whose tinkling can be heard, a Chinese scene with a dragon, kazatchok...
To our great surprise, a large part of the show turns around the theme of the circus with dancers in clown outfits, always sexy of course.
Later, it is dressed in helmet and jockey's cap, with small horses, which also have the right to their feathers, that they parade. Very cute.
Between these dance scenes, we must not forget the attractions, these amazing artistic numbers that offer a breath.
The first number is a breathtaking contortion act. The contortionist is so flexible that we can hardly believe the movements she performs before our eyes. The second non-dancing number is performed by a Doriss Girl who swims among the snakes. A pool emerges from the ground, filled with water and snakes. Like a naiad she evolves, just in thong, among these animals. A very brief but intense number.
After this aquatic number, two artists appear in the air, flying above the public in their fluorescent costumes. They are not hanging on the famous chandeliers, but we could feel that something was going to happen in the air of the Moulin.
Then, a resplendent artist in her red dress swirls in her hoop. A number just as exceptional but less impressive all the same. The next attraction is a duet that doesn't look like much at first glance. Two men, Shcherbak and Popov, arrive in overalls with a beam to the sound of "Singin' in the Rain". The music changes and these two workers in Parisian caps turn out to be brilliant balancing acts.
Then comes the time of the traditional waltz that turns into a French Cancan for a picture that will make us feel that it is soon over. The dancers do cartwheels in all directions, shout and scream. A very joyful moment.
The highlight of the show? All the stairs of the stage of the Moulin Rouge are deployed, and the women all in short pink clothes. Their feathers even have lamps."Féérie" ends with, again, the songs"Danse, danse Paris danse" and "Féérie", to mark well the spirits with artists who shine of thousand fires.
We leave with glitter in our eyes, a memory that we keep for a long time. An experience to be offered at least once in its life, this Moulin Rouge.
82 boulevard de Clichy
75018 Paris 18
Revue + Champagne, à partir de: €97
Dîner + Revue, à partir de : €180