What I am loving most about my weekends these days (aside from being able to disconnect completely!) is the element of newness. I am experiencing so many things for the 1st time. There is a child-like appeal to discovery and I find it amazing how many firsts I still have to uncover.
This past Friday night, after a gruellingly long day at work, I finally ordered a cab at 9.30pm and waved goodbye to the office for the weekend. I met my girlfriends from Dubai at the metro stop Blanche just facing the Moulin Rouge, for my first ever cabaret show, which proved to be a sensational feast for the eyes. The Moulin Rouge theatre, world-renowned for it’s predominant red windmill, is located in the 18th arrondisement, in Pigalle, previously known as the red-light district of Paris. It has been around since 1889 and is most renowned as the birthplace of the modern version of the Can Can dance. The actual theatre is beautiful and very reminiscent of the romance of older Paris with its red velvet, gold brocade and soft incandescent yellow lighting. The table setup was also very intimate despite the huge size of the space.
I really didnt know what to expect except for topless dancers but I was very pleasantly surprised to have experienced a lot more than just the dancing…topless. For those wondering, yes, the dancers had very envious figures (I am not stopping my diet anytime soon!) and ridiculously over the top costumes. Of-course anyone with a figure like that can get away with such ridiculous over the top costumes. There was not a shred of fat on their bodies…man nor woman. I was also surprised that quite a few of the dancers favored their modesty, covering their assets with a bikini top unlike a few (mainly older women) who preferred to let it all hang loose. There was also an acrobatic stint, a ventriloquist act and a couple of other surprises that were absolutely hilarious and extremely entertaining.
Indoor photography was naturally prohibited but I did manage to sneak one photo in just to give you all a flavour for the costumes! Mind the topless ladies gentlemen! ( ;
I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although I did find it a little slow in parts, I definitely recommend doing it at least once in your lifetime, after all it is the Moulin Rouge! For those interested, you can find out more here. There are three tiers for the tickets:
- Show Only: €95
- Show + Drinks: €105
- Show + Dinner: €175-€200 (depending on the dinner menu you choose)