When we enter the Moulin Rouge, we enter another dimension, another time, the Paris portrayed by Toulouse Lautrec. We feel like being part of the décor and the characters from paintings of the artist. The show will even have some reference to the famous painter.
The performance hall is wonderful, there are tables with red armchairs everywhere, covering several floors, so much that the location isn’t important, we perfectly see the show no matter where because of how large the stage is.
It’s cozy, we feel good. But careful though, you can’t take pictures even of the backgrounds. Large removable chandeliers caught our eyes, we can’t already think that something special will happen during the “Féerie” show.
What strikes us the most? The attention to detail: the Moulin Rouge is everywhere, even in the mosaic on the floor in the bathroom where the red atmosphere takes over the whole place and where each one is named after a Moulin Rouge Star: “Diamant” or “La Môme Fromage” for instance.
For those who decide to dine a 7 p.m., a band plays music all along dinner until 8:45 p.m. If you chose to come for the show only (performance at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.), according to the package you’ll get champagne or Delamotte brut.
The room goes dark, music starts and here we go for over 90 minutes of show.
“Danse, danse, Paris danse”, male and female dancers, the Doriss Girls are on stage wearing silver grey. Well, the girls won’t be covered for long as the tradition demands in Parisian revues.
Dancers’ dresses fly and twirl in “Le Jardin des Souvenirs”, this scene referring to Toulouse Lautrec.
But quickly, “Féerie”, the main song of the show with its “laissons les ailes du Moulin nous protéger juqu’au matin” [let the wings of the Moulin protect us till morning] and “on a branché les Sunlights, c’est Féerie” [Sunlights are on, it’s Féerie], a heady song that will be stuck in your head for quite a while, trust me.
The back stairs on the stage opens up and artists are all dressed in red, there are feathers, lots of feather, the carapaces the Doriss Girls are wearing are removable and turn into skirts… Impressive.
For the five main scenes, all female and male dancers are on stage. They are about fifty. But lucky for them, the stage is very big and has several levels.
If some songs may sound kitsch (but isn’t it what we’re looking for at the Moulin Rouge?), the show is really awe-inspiring all along.
Emblematic Parisian cabaret, the Moulin Rouge attracts spectators from all over the world, so much that to please everyone, “Féerie” includes scenes inspired by the whole world: Bollywood dance with an Indian palace in the background with costumes not made with feathers but beads of which we hear the jingling, Chinese scene with dragon, kazatchok…
For our greatest surprise, a large part of the show is about circus with dancers dressed as clowns, but always sexy of course.
Later on, it’s with a jockey jacket and helmet with small horses – also dressed in feathers – they parade. Very cute.
Between these dance scenes, you shouldn’t forget about attractions, these breathtaking artistic acts offering a moment to breathe.
The first act is awe-inspiring, a contortion act. The contortionist is so flexible we can’t even believe what she’s doing before our eyes. The second dance-less act is performed by a Doriss Girl swimming with snakes. A tank comes from the ground filled with water and snakes. Like a water nymph, she swims, only wearing a thong, among these animals. A short but intense number.
After this aquatic act, two artists appear in the air, flying above the audience in their fluorescent costumes. They’re not hanging from the chandeliers, but we were right thinking something will happen in the air at the Moulin.
Then, a dashing artist in her red dress twirl in her hoop. An act that is exceptional but less impressive. The following show is a duo that doesn’t look much at first. Two men, Shcherbak and Popov, arrive dressed in jumpsuits and a beam with “Singin’ in the rain” playing in the background. The music changes and the two Parisian cap-wearing workmen are actually two brilliant tightrope walkers.
Then, it’s time for the traditional waltz that will show the way to the French Cancan for a scene forecasting the end. Dancers are doing cartwheels everywhere, screaming and shouting. A joyful moment.
The highlight of the show? All the stairs of the Moulin Rouge stage are deployed, and women all dressed in short pink outfits. Their feathers even have lights. “Féerie” ends up again with the songs “Danse, danse Paris danse” and “Féerie” to make a long-lasting impression with artist shining like diamonds.
We leave with sparkles in the eyes and a memory will keep for a very long time. An experience to treat yourself to at least one in your life, the Moulin Rouge.
From 13 August 2018 to 31 December 2018
82 boulevard de Clichy
75018 Paris 18
Revue + Champagne, à partir de: 97 €
Dîner + Revue, à partir de : 180 €
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