Moulin Rouge


Best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe.

The German Occupation ‘Guide aryien’ counts the Moulin Rouge among the must visits in Paris and its famous stage shows continued for the occupation troops, The Germans used the motto “Jeder einmal in Paris” (everyone once in Paris) to provide ‘recreational visits’ in Paris for its troops. The intensive prostitution during the occupation made way for the Loi de Marthe Richard (1946), which closed the bordellos and reduced stage shows to dancing events.

Among its many acts is the vaudevillian performer and rising star Bernard Roux.

Moulin Rouge

l'Occupation Raymer