September 28, 2017
Mesdames et messieurs - Le Crazy Horse de Paris! Probably world’s best known cabaret, renowned for its diverse range of varietè shows and female performers. It is not for nothing one of the iconic locations that Mötley Crüe referenced in their anthemic song “Girls, girls, girls”.
Since its inception in 1951, Crazy Horse Paris’ has collaborated with artists as diverse as David Lynch, Miuccia Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Kylie Minogue, Beyonce and Ellen von Unwerth as well as guest performances with the troupe, including Dita Von Teese, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Arielle Dombasle, Clotilde Courau and Conchita Wurst.
Forever Crazy was created an an hommage to Alain Bernardin, the founder of Crazy Horse Paris. It honours and preserve the cabaret’s DNA while taking it a bit further by incorporating modern touches mixed with classic performances.
The attention to detail is remarkable - not just in terms of offerings in the realm of dance but also in terms of musical deliveries and costumes, which are all custome-made and tailored for each individual performer, with designers including the who-is-who of the fashion world.
The star of the show apart from the classically trained danced is the lighshow, whose mesmerizing sophistication give the production extra bite. Musically the performances are framed by French interpretations of classics and takes on pop songs, e.g. Britney Spears, and raunchy beats.
Two screens with prerecorded action that is often in sync with the respective performance on stage yet at times performed by a different lady bring the action close and personal to the audience in the back.
Artistic creation and women are the focus of the Crazy Horse cabaret and the token male, i.e. Mr Fantastic (Robert Muraine) makes more a comical than tantalizing appearance, contorting his body in every way possible.
Forever Crazy is an electric and playful perfectly choreographed and executed show, with established group routings, e.g. the traditional opener God Save Our Bareskin via Baby Buns and You Turn Me On, that please the crowd.
It makes for an entertaining evening of linear precision, whose perfect execution borders at times at the mechanical, which can at times run danger of going at the expense of sensuality.
Photos from official website