Inside the world's most iconic Parisian cabaret

Wearing nothing but Louboutins and bathed in spectacular lights, the women of the world’s most famous adults-only cabaret test the limits of burlesque in the most stylish, sophisticated and eye-popping ways.

1. Men are not allowed backstage.

The dressing room is naturally off limits to all men. With Louboutins lining the walls, costumes and makeup to boot, this is a strictly female-only domain.

2. Each year the dancers use more than 500 litres of makeup.

The Crazy Girls go through more than 500 litres of makeup per year, including 300 red lipsticks – a bespoke formulation called ‘Crazy Red’ – and 720 pairs of false eyelashes. The women also don more than 2500 pairs of stockings.

3. The Crazy Girls must fit strict physical criteria.

Despite hailing from across the globe – France, Italy, Canada, Ukraine, England, Spain, Russia and the United States – the Crazy Girls all have one thing in common; a flawless body. The incredibly strict criteria includes having a height between 1.68m and 1.72m, a particular leg length in proportion to chest (two-thirds legs), a 27cm distance between the nipples and a 13cm distance from navel to pubis. And it doesn’t end there; each girl must also possess a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’. Only the best need apply!

4. Pamela Anderson was one of the most famous Crazy Girls.

A chance encounter in Las Vegas between the infamous Playboy icon and Andrée Deissenberg, the general manager of the Crazy Horse Paris, saw Pamela Anderson starring in Crazy Horse on February 13-14, 2008. She straddled a Harley Davidson and performed a slow striptease choreographed just for her, to Bridget Bardot singing “Je n’ai besoin de personne en Harley Davidson”.

media_cameraIconic shoe designer Christian Louboutin poses with some of the Crazy Horse dancers. Picture: Crazy Horse Paris.

5. Each dancer has approximately six pairs of custom made Louboutins.

In 2012, Christian Louboutin collaborated with the famed Parisian cabaret and its inimitable setting dedicated to beautifying women. Inspired by women and the world around them, Louboutin was the perfect choice to design the dancers’ shoes. The iconic red-soled heels are as much a symbol of Parisian nightlife as the show itself has come to be.

6. The show is surrounded by international celebrity, designers and fame.

Over the past 65 years, Crazy Horse has seduced an endless list of international celebrities including Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, President John F. Kennedy, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue, Kanye West, Beyonce, Steven Spielberg, Marc Jacobs, Rihanna and Sting, just to name a few. The show has collaborated with Christian Louboutin, David Lynch, Miuccia Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Kylie Minogue, Ellen von Unwerth, Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld.

7. All Crazy Girls are ‘christened’ with their ‘crazy name’ before their first performance.

Legendary dancers include Rita Renoir, Lady Chinchilla, Polly Underground, Rita Cadillac, Lova Moore, Rosa Fumetto, Miss Candida, Stella Patchouli, Psykko Tico, Vodka Samovar, Bertha Von Paraboum, Zula Zazou, Jade Or and Nooka Karamel.

8. There is a strict practise regime before one can become a Crazy Girl.

Each recruit must complete classical ballet dance lessons and, in order to become true Crazy Girls, undergo three to five months intensive training.

Forever Crazy presented by Crazy Horse Paris premieres at Crown Theatre Perth on September 6, 2017 and runs until September 23, 2017. Tickets are available now through ticketmaster.com.au.

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Craig Ballantyne

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