CRAZY HORSE

THE DAUGHTERS OF APHRODITE

WRITTEN BY GERRARD CARTER
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THE UNPRONOUNCED SENSUALITY BECOMES EUPHORIC AND

LEAVES YOU BREATHLESS

Once you descend the stairs of the Crazy horse and enter its intimate auditorium, you embark on a sensual odyssey unlike no other. You become immediately enveloped by lush crimson tones, which are sensually illuminated by warm table lamps. You have arrived at a distinct Parisian paradise comparable to none. Established in 1951 by avant-garde artist Alain Bernardin, Le Crazy Horse is without a doubt the greatest display of female beauty in exploring the aesthetics of Parisian Cabaret. the dancers are exclusively selected not only for their beauty and anatomical perfection but also for their individual stage presence and a French je ne sais quoi? Once these demigoddesses appear they are flanked by two ornate golden statues either side of the stage, which are reminiscent of Aphrodite herself. they become the daughters of Aphrodite, sensual and exotic creatures that will guide you to a place of euphoria.

The current show on display is Désirs (or desires in English) directed by renowned choreographer Philippe Decouflé and artistically directed by the ever so talented and acclaimed photographer Ali Mahdavi. The show’s name in itself suggests just a hint at what you will experience as you watch each dancer perform while she is exotically bathed in the warmth of luminescent stage lights. The close proximity between the audience and the stage allows you to distinguish each of the dancer’s characteristics and particular personality. that is what separates the Crazy horse from other Parisian cabarets. Each dancer is unique and is christened with a name upon her opening night debut joining the great lineage of illustrious étoiles. Whether it’s Mika do, Psykko tico, or lumina Classika, you are bound to participate in a rare indulgence of admiring femininity. Desirs offers too many enchanting dance numbers to mention but if I could select one that left a lasting impression on me; it would be Upside Down, which is literally a kaleidoscope of sensuality.

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