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November 30: General Interest

1886 : Folies Bergere stage first revue

Once a hall for operettas, pantomime, political meetings, and

vaudeville, the Folies Bergère in Paris introduces an elaborate revue

featuring women in sensational costumes. The highly p
opular "Place aux

Jeunes" established the Folies as the premier nightspot in Paris. In

the 1890s, the Folies followed the Parisian taste for striptease and

quickly gained a reputation for its spectacular nude shows. The

theater spared no expense, staging r
evues that featured as many as 40

sets, 1,000 costumes, and an off
stage crew of some 200 people.

The Folies Bergère dates back to 1869, when it opened as one of the

first major music halls in Paris. It produced light opera and

pantomimes with unknown sin
gers and proved a resounding failure.

Greater success came in the 1870s, when the Folies Bergère staged

vaudeville. Among other performers, the early vaudeville shows

featured acrobats, a snake charmer, a boxing kangaroo, trained

elephants, the world's tal
lest man, and a Greek prince who was covered

in tattoos allegedly as punishment for trying to seduce the Shah of

Persia's daughter. The public was allowed to drink and socialize in

the theater's indoor garden and promenade area, and the Folies Bergère

me synonymous with the carnal temptations of the French capital.

Famous paintings by Édouard Manet and Henri de Toulouse
Lautrec were

set in the Folies.

In 1886, the Folies Bergère went under new management, which, on

November 30, staged the first revue
tyle music hall show. The "Place

aux Jeunes," featuring scantily clad chorus girls, was a tremendous

success. The Folies women gradually wore less and less as the 20th

century approached, and the show's costumes and sets became more and

more outrageous. Am
ong the performers who got their start at the

Folies Bergère were Yvette Guilbert, Maurice Chevalier, and

Mistinguett. The African American dancer and singer Josephine Baker

made her Folies debut in 1926, lowered from the ceiling in a

covered sphere

that opened onstage to reveal her wearing a

string ornamented with bananas.

The Folies Bergère remained a success throughout the 20th century and

still can be seen in Paris today, although the theater now features

many mainstream concerts and performan
ces. Among other traditions that

date back more than a century, the show's title always contains 13

letters and includes the word "Folie."

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