The Parisian cabaret Crazy Horse changes its face after 18 months of closure

With the pandemic, not only were the terraces of Paris left empty; so did the cabarets, one of the city’s attractions -for tourists and French alike-, such as the Crazy Horse, which has reopened with a makeover after 18 months closed to the public.

The cabaret’s general director of creation, Andrée Deissenberg, confesses behind the scenes that the motto has been the same as the famous Gatopardo, the novel by Tomasi di Lampedusa: change everything so that nothing changes.

Because in essence the Crazy Horse continues to be anchored in the values ​​that have made it world famous in its 70 years of life: carte blanche to creativity and sensuality without losing connection with the present and the public to awaken laughter and even a few tears. of emotion.

Deissenberg says that these 18 months of closure have passed very quickly because there was so much to do. In fact, this is the first complete renovation of the cabaret since its opening in 1951: the room has been more airy, although it maintains the intimate and intimate aspect, with the inclusion of armchairs shaped like lips, a nod to Salvador Dalí, who be one of his loyal customers.

The lips that until 2020 decorated the facade with red, are now a neon silhouette that accompanies a more minimalist and Parisian entrance, inspired by the 1930s.

The architect of the remodeling, Benoît Dupuis, explains that the slogan he received when starting the works was that the place be ‘instagrammable, keeping the memory of the site and without falling into vulgarity’.

An idea of ​​virality in networks that the director takes up assuming that it is a way of promoting the marketing of the Crazy Horse brand, whose stage dancers such as Dita Von Teese and model Pamela Anderson have passed, among many others.

Their names, as well as that of all their dancers since 1951, along with the celebrities who have frequented the cabaret (Alain Delon, Beyoncé or Mick Jagger, among many others), have been included in a wall that surrounds the six meter high stage. long and only two high, as if it were the screen of a telephone.

‘We have valued the artistic and cultural heritage of the house, there are projections by Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí, and at the entrance we have made a wall of breasts based on the sculpture that César made molding the breast of one of our dancers, today exhibited at the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation ‘, Deissenberg explains to Efe.

The new show includes a score of creations that take up the most well-known songs and dances of the cabaret together with new introductions, and some varieties such as tap and contemporary dance, with a staging directed by Stéphane Jarny.

The names give a hint of the will to take advantage of the present time to get a laugh from the spectators, such as the new character ‘Miss Astra’, surnamed ‘Zeneca’.

At the moment, the new Crazy Horse, which reopened at the end of October but has not presented its last show, ‘Totally Crazy’, until this week, attracts a majority number of French, although they are already heard among German, Hispanic and Americans.

Deissenberg hopes that the curious and tourists will recover the desire to meet again in this closed space around a glass of champagne and also try the new bar or the VIP space that they have built inside the room.

‘We hope that people want to see beautiful things, touch each other and have a drink together instead of being locked up at home’, says the director, for whom the new but still traditional Crazy Horse is more ‘feminine, fun and sensual ‘.