September 28, 2017
Le Crazy Horse de Paris is THE Parisian Cabaret known for its stage shows performed by nude female dancers and for the diverse range of magic and variety 'turns' between each nude show and the next.
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 acquired a reputation for presenting women in an incomparable, sensual and sophisticated way and collaborations have seen Crazy Horse Paris collaborating with David Lynch, Miuccia Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Kylie Minogue, Beyonce and Ellen von Unwerth.
Crazy Horse Paris has been home to a long list of exceptional artists who have made guest performances with the troupe, including Dita Von Teese, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Arielle Dombasle, Clotilde Courau and Conchita Wurst.
Celebrating 65 years of Parisian Glamour and inspired by the endless theme of femininity and sophistication, Australian audiences got to experience the tantalizing Parisian cultural phenomenon of Crazy Horse Paris for the first time ever when Forever Crazy high kicked through Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Canberra in August and September.
Featuring a curated selection of acts from the legendary Cabaret, Forever Crazy consists of a series of highly aesthetic and visual tableaus presented by a multicultural cast of eleven classically trained dancers clad in textured lighting and projection.
Forever Crazy was conceived as a tribute to Alain Bernardin, the founder of Crazy Horse Paris. It fully preserves the cabaret’s artistic heritage while adding a touch of modernity, humour and sophistication. Consisting of distinct choreographed acts, among them legendary Crazy Horse “classics”. Forever Crazy presents itself as a unique kaleidoscope of beauty, grace, passion and precision.
Performances are accentuated by original music and costumes tailor made for each dancer, with collaborations on the fashion front comprising French designers including Paco Rabanne, Loris Azzaro, Karl Lagerfeld, Emmanuel Ungaro, Azzedine Alaia, Alexis Mabille, Alexandre Vauthier, Chantal Thomass. Shoe creator Christian Louboutin has personally designed the dancer’s red-soled shoes, adding the heel to making Forever Crazy a night of opulence.
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
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