Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge is the world famous cabaret club in Paris. Among all the main tourist attractions of Paris, Moulin Rouge was – and still is – one of the few places where children aren’t allowed. In spite of today’s open minded society, the cabaret numbers are still considered too extravagant for the little ones to view them.

If this is the contemporary conception, the place was considered scandalous at the time it was opened, in 1889. The conservative society, with rigid moral standards, appreciated the establishment as a place of damnation and guilty pleasures of flesh. They weren’t far from the truth, but it wasn’t an obstacle for many artists and high-class gentlemen to see it as a very fashionable place.

One of the regular clients was also the painter Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, famous for his paintings illustrating the cabaret’s glamorous life, with its daring dances and provocative moves. In fact, those paintings are regarded by today’s people as trustworthy documents about what really happened there, because no photographs were allowed during the program.

Moulin Rouge

As time passed, the public’s disapproval lost in intensity, and the place became the meeting point for the artists of different currents, who came here to discuss their ideas while watching the show. It started to be regarded more like a real cabaret act than a vulgar dance of temptation, practiced by some courtesans.

As a matter of fact, back then – and today also – it was very hard to become a dancer in this cabaret, requiring skills, grace, and years of practice. The costumes remained as exotic as ever, with feathers and rhinestones.

If you want to spend a quality time watching a show for adults only, Moulin Rouge is the perfect place for this.

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