Le Crazy Horse de
– the iconic Parisian cabaret – has recently arrived in
London with a fun and provocative show that will no doubt replace some of Britain’s
famous prudishness with a little je ne
The legendary cabaret was founded in 1951 by
Alain Bernardin, an avant-garde artist who was fascinated by US showgirls. Over
the years, Crazy Horse became known as much for the music, choreography,
costumes and artistic staging as for the line up of sexy dancers -- and today
the show is as popular with women as it is with men. In recent years, the world-famous
cabaret has collaborated with singer Kylie Minogue, designer Karl Lagerfeld and
musician Bob Sinclair, among others.
The London pop-up, located in a carpark on the
South Bank of the Thames, is open until Christmas Eve (24 December), and the
new show, Forever Crazy, includes a selection of the
best acts from the original cabaret. Ten classically-trained dancers strut
around on stage dressed in Christian Louboutin designer heels and little else --
although clever lighting and breathtaking visual effects makes it hard to see
where skin ends and reflections begin, keeping the performance more artistic
than sleazy. The female silhouettes sway and kick to cheeky and lively numbers
like “God Save Our Bare Skin”, which sees them impersonate British Royal Horse
Guards, or “Upside Down”, where a kaleidoscope of legs and arms are reflected
in strategically-placed mirrors.
The over-18-only evening of Parisian decadence
extends to the venue’s plush cabaret style setting. The antique Belgian
mirrored tent is made to look and feel like the original theatre on Avenue
George V in Paris, with the dimly-lit reception area decorated with neon
artwork by light artist Chris Bracey and
life-sized photographs of the showgirls in costume.
tiered to accommodate those who want to stand propped up at the bar, relax
in a booth or sit close to the action at small tables near the stage. Either way
it will make for a crazy night out.
Malika Dalamal is
the London Localite for BBC Travel