The Crazy Horse Cabaret Paris

 

Femininity, creativity, daring … Crazy Horse Paris is the most iconic of all the Parisian cabarets. A temple to sublime womanhood and the most famous of all Paris night spots, immortalized by the effervescence of its stars at dazzling gala evenings… Not only that, Le Crazy Horse has become an essential element of the city's culture. More than sixty years after its creation, Le Crazy is continuing to reinvent itself on the inexhaustible subject of women. With new rhythms, dynamic tempos and ever more entrancing choreography, the silhouettes of its legendary dancers are still amazing their audiences with their extraordinary suppleness. The Paris of today and tomorrow is, now and always, proud of one of the best-known symbols of life in the city!

 

FEMININITY, CREATIVITY, DARING
 

The most avant-garde cabaret in Paris reveals its charms in a show entitled Désirs that opened to audiences on 21 September 2009 and was directed by the prestigious French choreographer Philippe Decouflé. The show’s artistic direction is signed by renowned photographer Ali Mahdavi. The classically trained dancers perfectly integrate the sensuous choreography of their performances and their spectacular bodies. Each dancer is bathed in richly colored and textured lighting designs. The colors and images from the stunning lighting effects are so overwhelming that it is hard to determine where skin ends and the colour reflections begin… The result is a unique show that engages the mind as much as the eye! Gloria di Parma, Zula Zazou, Dekka Dance, Mika Do: the Crazy Horse dancers with their memorable names represent the French elite of beauty and seduction.

 

CHOREOGRAPHY
 

In the autumn of 2008 Philippe Decouflé, the French star choreographer and dancer, was hired to expand the cabaret's repertoire. He thus devised the staging and also the interludes in Désirs.

The artistic direction was entrusted to Ali Mahdavi, who enshrined the cabaret's strict codes – bob wigs, blood-red lipstick, dizzying high heels - and cleverly and tactfully weaved in sophisticated forms of creative expression.

In addition to the creations of Philippe Decouflé, some featured acts are legendary Crazy Horse “classics” such as “God Save Our Bareskin”, which was choreographed by a lieutenant of the British Army and since 1989 opens every single Crazy Horse show, as well as, “Good Girl” and “Legmania”, all signed by Alain Bernardin. Others, such as “Final Fantasy” and “Purple Underground”, were designed by Patricia Folly, also known as Psykko Tico, one of the troupe's dancers and a choreographer in her own right. 

The poster for this wonderful collaboration is the brainchild of Hilton McConnico, who conjured with Crazy Horse's DNA to produce a poster that serves as a universal banner for a never-ending conquest: the eternal, universal woman.

 

STYLISM
 

The costume design in Désirs is the fruit of the collaboration of several exceptional creators: 
• The shoes are from Christian Louboutin, the incomparable designer and provider of footwear for the stars, 
• The outfits are by Poupie Cadolle, Fifi Chachnil, Alexandre Vauthier, Stefano Canulli and Antoine Kruk.

 

TUNES
 

Musics in Désirs are the work of several composers, including: 
Fred Pallem, a passionate artist, musician and composer who was acclaimed as the Jazz Revelation of the Year at the 2006 Victoires de la Musique awards with his band “Le Sacre du Tympan”. Fred was invited by Philippe Decouflé to mould the musical environment for Désirs by drawing on what makes Le Crazy distinctive, blending jazz and hot brass sections, female singing and sensual wind instruments, sizzling bands and enchanting melodies; 
Jacques Morali, the Crazy's long-time music author and composer as well as being the inventor of the Village People and a writer for Pia Zadorra, Régine, Dalida, Eartha Kitt; 
Mirwais, the leading artist in progressive music and a composer for Madonna.

 

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Crazy Horse Paris

In May 19th 1951, Alain Bernardin opens Le Crazy Horse. An avant-garde artist, and passionate admirer of women, he was fascinated by the United States and driven by a single idea: to make artistic creation and women the focus of his club. At that time it featured a succession of racy burlesque routines interspersed with musical or humorous interludes from variety artists. Charles Aznavour had his first break here ...

 

Le Crazy Horse was originally a Right Bank wine cellar. Customers came for a drink and to admire Rita Renoir, Poupée la Rose, Bertha Von Paraboum, Lova Moor or Rosa Fumetto. Seated at little tables or standing at the bar, its location played an important role in the incomparable atmosphere at 12, avenue George V. In 1989, date of the last refurbishment, Alain Bernardin made Le Crazy into a tiny theatre with raked seating. Completely renovated in 2007, the new Crazy is even more convivial. At the centre of the audience area, chairs are once more placed around small tables to create an intimate and friendly atmosphere. On each side, comfortable banquettes enable the audience to enjoy the show in the best possible conditions. At the back, VIP boxes are reserved for special visitors. Everyone can see and enjoy the show, as a couple or with friends: getting together and discussing the show in a way which was difficult previously. The new theatre is still red, lined with velvet, with lacquered wood and mirrors, and has been designed to be modular. The aim was to be able to respond to all types of requirement, including businesses organizing private events. An event at Le Crazy can now easily be preceded by a cocktail party or a dinner and continue on with dancing. The Crazy ambition is to provide different evening experiences…

 

TAXIS : 24 hours a day

PUBLIC CAR PARK : Alma-George V

BUS PARK : Quai Albert 1er

METRO: Line 9 : Alma-Marceau
Line 1 : George V – Franklin D. Roosevelt

RER: Line A : Charles de Gaulle Etoile
Line C : Pont de l'Alma

BUS: 42, 63, 72, 80, 92 – Stop at Alma-Marceau

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