Moulin Rouge: A Quintessentially French Experience
I recently returned from my annual getaway and this year I spent some time in one of my favourite cities, Paris. This will be my third visit to the French capital in less than five years which goes to show how much I love it. While I could sit here and give you a list of recommendations on things to do in this lavish and fashion-forward city, a quintessentially French experience that each traveller should do is visit the Moulin Rouge - it’s like visiting New York and not seeing the Statue of Liberty or shopping in London without visiting Harrods.
Here are five reasons why a visit to Moulin Rouge is a must:
Feerie is Fabulous
From the catchy musical performances, glamorous and risqué costumes and a plethora of world-class talent, it’s not hard to understand why this world-renowned show and establishment welcomes over 600, 000 visitors annually. From the moment the curtain draws you cannot look away. Feerie is quite the experience! The show features 100 performers including 60 Doriss Girls, a set which cost 2 million euros to build, jaw-dropping moments, breath-taking dance routines and ponies! Yes, you read it right, Shetland ponies who are driven daily to the Moulin Rouge from their home – a farm located just outside Paris. While I don’t want to give too much away, I will say the show features acts, unlike anything I’ve seen before.
More feathers and rhinestones then you can handle
These costumes are Magnifique! Featuring 1000 feathered costumes, rhinestones and sequins, the show requires 23 dressers to help the 60 dances get into their elaborate and unique outfits. Costumes are made with only quality materials including Swarovski crystals, La Maison Fevrier feathers and la Maison Clairvoy shoes. Think sparkles and nudity, who doesn’t like a little cheeky fun?
Home of the Cancan
Since it first opened it’s door in 1889, the Moulin Rouge had a point of difference and that was a group of young ladies performing a very different dance, the French Cancan. This over-the-top dance at the time featured revolutionary movements, screams, boisterous rhythms… frills and flowing skirts which were lifted to reveal the dancer’s legs and panties. Needless to say, it was a success. Today, 128 years later the French Cancan is still performed every night on the Moulin Rouge stage and has been in every show since then.
There’s no better feeling of patriotism then seeing fellow Australian’s overseas doing wonderful things. Feerie currently features 13 Australian cast members so that’s got to get you excited. This number fluctuates but once you experience the show you’ll understand why Australians are flocking to be part of the glitz and glamour of this historic institution.
Wine & Dine
When in France drink Champagne! Choose a table and bubbles package or enjoy the full experience with a delicious set menu created by Executive Chef David La Quellec.
Booking your show tickets is essential especially during the summer. Feerie features two shows per evening at 9 pm and 11 pm and one pre-dinner package commencing from 7 pm. For more information and to book your tickets, visit the Moulin Rouge website.