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32 Rue Richer, Paris, France
2 years ago
In cabaret, anything goes! Acrobatics, nudity, banana skirts… venues like the Folies Bergère have seen almost everything. The venue opened in 1869 and has brought in a lot of legendary moments. Start and end your night with drinks at the bar, while you bask in the glow of a venue marked by history’s fingerprints. The Folies Bergère have mounted everything from operettas to vaudeville. Nowadays, you’re just as likely to catch a classic act as an innovative show. For example, Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show will take place here from September 2018 to April 2019. Any fashionista will tell you it will be more than your average catwalk. Given the musical hall’s epic background, who knows what it has cooking backstage? Book your tickets, dress to the nines, and sashay away!
2 years ago
Catch French musicals, fashion shows, and more at the Folies Bergère! It was the city’s first grand music hall, built around 20 years before the Moulin Rouge. It was during the Belle Epoque, however, that its reputation reached epic proportions. They mounted all sorts of acts like cabaret, operettas, and music-hall revues—sometimes, they’d even mix genres. The Folies Bergèr have featured both local and international acts in the past. Loie Fuller, a pioneer of the performing arts during the era, have graced its stage. Edith Piaf, Ella Fitzgerald, and Elton John have followed in her footsteps and also performed at the venue.
2 years ago
Édouard Manet brings us back to the glamour of Parisian life while playing with the viewer’s perspective. He painted a barmaid at the Folies Bergère, a cabaret music hall, standing in front of a mirror. In the reflection, she is seen talking to a man. Her name was Suzon, and she actually did work at the venue. Claim your spot in one of the theater’s aging red seats, and enjoy after-show drinks from the very bar Manet painted. The Folies Bergère is an immovable part of Paris history, with the world’s biggest stars gracing its stage. Even with all the glamorous names that come to perform, it’s still an interesting point to note that Manet chose to pick a barmaid as his subject. The cosmopolitan crowd and glamorous interiors remain a backdrop, and it is a thought to drink to.
2 years ago
For a full-blown cabaret experience, the Moulin Rouge is the place to go every night. The red mill has been a beacon to the bohemian Montmartre crowd since 1899. Aristocrats and artists alike gathered; everyone ate and made merry—feel free to do the exact same! They uphold a pretty strict dress code here, so skip the shorts, sportswear, and sneakers. Prepare to rub elbows, since the dining room is also packed tight. The Moulin Rouge wows dinner guests with a musical revue, “Féerie.” 60 beautiful dancers don their tallest feather headdresses; their sequins and rhinestones glint whenever they hit the light. Don’t be shy and just dance along, the music really gets you going! Fun fact: it is said that the popular Cancan rose to fame right here as well!
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