In early August I was invited by the Parisian Tour Operator, ParisCityVision, and Crazy Horse, together with my friend Anne, for an entertaining cabaret show at the mythical Crazy Horse in Paris. I’ve always been curious to visit a cabaret, and given there are plenty of them in Paris, I wanted to go and see something original with a show standing out from the others. The choice was easy, Crazy Horse a legendary Parisian institution.
At our arrival we were warmly welcomed and kindly taken on an exclusive private guided tour backstage before the girls were about to perform. No sneak peak in the dressing room (!) as the dancers are nude on stage. However we had the privilege to visit the loge of the creator of the cabaret itself, Alain Bernardin, and we were shared some anecdotes from the past. I liked the fact that they had kept old costumes and signs, it was like stepping back in time and it wasn’t hard to imagine how it must have been like before when seeing all the backstage photos hanging on the walls. The Crazy Horse was opened in 1951 by Alain who also operated it until his death in 1994. He was fascinated by the show girls in the States and loved the idea of playing with light projections, the result – a magical show with the femininity of women in focus.
“[Magic] is a dream. There is no show that is more dreamlike than a magic show. And what we do with the girls is magic, too, because they aren’t as beautiful as you see them onstage. It’s the magic of lights and costumes. These are my dreams and fascinations that I put onstage.” – Alain Bernardin, creator of The Crazy Horse
The venue, former wine cellars that’s been put together, has a typical cabaret setting. It’s small, intimate and cozy with red velvet seats. Given its size and the way the space is used you have a great view of the stage from all tables. To our delight we had a bottle of sparkling champagne waiting for us at our table, a must for a show like this!
Crazy Horse is famous for their nude female dancers and using typical cabaret style merged with modern technology, in this case, their light projections. It was a true pleasure to see their “Totally Crazy” show, 90 minutes of their most iconic acts over the last 65 years. Counting since May 19th 1951, this was show nr 51 581 and contained 20 unique dance numbers. My favorite was nr 10, Undress to Kill by Dita Von Teese and Ali Mahdavi, with the dancer Dekka Dance. The beautiful, well-trained and talented dancers invited us for a sensual and seductive show, far from being vulgar that some would associate a cabaret show.
A great artistic and entertaining performance with amazing choreography and visually impressive thanks to the outstanding light show.
Crazy Horse receives around 500 applications a year from dancers and the lucky selected ones are trained during a period of 3-5 months before they become a Crazy Girl. John F.Kennedy, Francis Ford Coppola, Madonna and Catherine Deneuve are some celebrities that have been entertained by the magical and sensual show. There are also guest stars invited since 2006 that you can see in exclusive shows. Dita Von Teese, Arielle Dombasle and Pamela Anderson has been one of the many guest stars that have made special appearances at this mythical club.
There are many different options when you visit the cabaret. For this evening we had been invited for the Crazy Champagne, which is the show including champagne, 105€ per person. An evening at Crazy Horse is something I highly recommend if you are looking for a special night out entertainment or if you are celebrating a special occasion. A true Parisian experience with a unique and magical show you should not miss to see when visiting the City of Lights.
Crazy Horse – 12 avenue George V – 75008 Paris
The show invitation courtesy of PARISCityVISON, a tour operator in Paris and France, and Crazy Horse. All content, photos (except where other photographers are mentioned) and opinions expressed here are my own.