The Folies Bergère

The Folies Bergère

The “Folies Trévise” cabaret opened in 1869 at 32 rue Richer in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, in a district near teh Grands Boulevards housing many theatres, cabarets and cafes. It was renamed “Folies Bergère” three years later. Built as a small opera house by architect Plumeret, the theatre was the birthplace of the Parisian variety show in the late 19th Century. This new type of entertainment featured songs and dances led by a female master of ceremony and star dancer. This role was assigned over the years to various women artists embodying the spirit of Paris: la Belle Otéro and Cléo de Mérode during the Belle Epoque, Mistinguett before WWI and Josephine Baker during the 1930s.

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