When Cabaret Ruled The World

Its vivacious spirit and teasing sexuality captured rather wonderful by Baz Luhrmann in his eponymous 2001 big-screen jukebox musical, Moulin Rouge first opened its doors on 82 Boulevard de Clichy on October 6th, 1889.
Regarded as the birthplace of the can-can – which was first introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated there – this Paris landmark is still going strong today.
Despite having been burnt to the ground in 1915.
Part of its long-lasting appeal is the fact that the Moulin Rouge welcomed not only dancers but circus acts, singers, magicians, and anyone else who could take an audience out of their seats and suspend them in a moment of pure magic.
As with other such iconic cabaret homes as The Cotton Club and the burst of culture and science in Germany that came with the Weimar Republic between the wars, Moulin Rouge was not just a celebration of life and love – it was a cheeky celebration of life and love.
That’s the kind of good times The Whale is aiming for with Risqué Business on Friday, September 29th, as the likes of Rose Lawless, Kitty LaRoux and The Grim Squeaker join The Hot Tolka Band – and Luhrmann’s love letter plays on the big screen – to take us all back in time for a little old-fashioned, and slightly naughty, fun.


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