The Bright Colors of Entertainment
The chosen colors in this magnet souvenir from France really do compliment one another and serve to evoke a theme of France in the old days. This piece might remind one of the French country-side where people live somewhat simply but still within the grasp of their national culture. But, in fact it refers to the iconic image of a famous entertainment house.
The Moulin Rouge is by far the most emblematic cabaret not only in Paris and France but also in the world. The story of this icon of the Parisian night started in 1889 when two visionary entrepreneurs, Charles Zidler and his partner Joseph Oller, decided to expand the entertainment opoortnities in the historic neighborhood of Pigalle opening a new venue for the bohemia crowd that lived in nearby Montmartre.
The Setting for Great Events
The Moulin Rouge has been the scenario of memorable events. For example, it is said that the can-can was revamped into its modern form on its floors. When The Moulin Rouge opened, the shows mostly copied the most popular circus attractions. One of the first events that impressed customers and the public opinion took place in 1893 when a group of naked women joined an also naked Cleopatra in a show.
In 1953 the French President attended one of the shows featuring widely known singing icon Josephine Baker. The event got an international twist as Hollywood actor Bing Crosby was among the audience.
1997 was another important year for the Moulin Rouge as it turned 90 years old. It was a great night, stellar artists such as Charles Aznavour and Ginger Rogers joined the performers in the celebration.
There are many other, innumerable events, just to name a last one, the ballet choreographed by Maurice Bejar specially for The Moulin Rouge and danced by Mikhail Baryshnikov. This fridge magnet will certainly complete your Parisian collection.