November 29, 2016
LE CRAZY HORSE DE PARIS
Le Crazy Horse is a cabaret in Paris renowned for its chic and elegant eroticism. It was founded in 1951 by the late Alain Bernardin. Thirty semi-nude dancers as well as one or two variety performers are featured. The dancers are uniform in appearance (thin, pert breasts, long legs) but originate from many different countries. Often coming from a ballet background, they receive intensive additional training at Le Crazy Horse. They wear custom-made costumes and specially-made “Crazy Red” lipstick, and stage lights bathe them, also creating part of their outfits. The dancers perform in acts with storylines. After their first show, they are given stage names, like Ero Tikka, Candy St. Louis and Daizy Blu. Celebrities sometimes appear, among them Dita Von Teese, Arielle Dombasle, Pamela Anderson. Magicians, mimes, jugglers and dancers are featured as variety performers. Collaborating to create the show are prominent designers, choreographers and composers. The venue is a former wine cellar with a red motif, accented with plush velvet, lacquered wood and huge mirrors, and it is intimate, a small space with modular tables and chairs. An additional show called Crazy Horse Paris is staged in Las Vegas.
I visited Le Crazy Horse in Paris in 2009 and was enthralled with the show. The dancers were stunning. Roman and Slava, twin tap dancers, were hilarious. The space was gorgeous, like a jewelry box. What a perfect blend of sophistication and sexuality!
A link to a scene from Le Crazy Horse: