Curtain goes up on Moulin Rouge once more after 18 months of Covid closure 


Moulin Rouge is open… ce soir! Curtain goes up on famed Parisian cabaret once more after 18 months of Covid closure

Treading the boards in feathers, gems and (very) little else, this was the moment dancers staged their return to the Moulin Rouge.

Dressed in their jewels and burlesque headpieces, performers rehearsed in full costume ahead of the Parisian cabaret’s official reopening tonight.

The French landmark has been shut for 18 months due to the pandemic – its longest closure since it was destroyed by a fire in 1915. 

But the club – which has welcomed stars such as Edith Piaf during its 132-year history – is finally set to entertain crowds once again.

First opened in 1889, the Moulin Rouge is best-known as the birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance.

The French landmark has been shut for 18 months due to the pandemic – its longest closure since it was destroyed by a fire in 1915

First opened in 1889, the Moulin Rouge is best-known as the birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance

First opened in 1889, the Moulin Rouge is best-known as the birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance

Dressed in their jewels and burlesque headpieces, performers rehearsed in full costume ahead of the Parisian cabaret’s official reopening tonight

Dressed in their jewels and burlesque headpieces, performers rehearsed in full costume ahead of the Parisian cabaret’s official reopening tonight

Yes we can-can! Paris’ famous burlesque venue Moulin Rouge announces it will reopen tonight after its longest shut down in more than a century

  • Moulin Rouge is reopening its doors September 10 after closing in March 2020 
  • Coronavirus saw the burlesque venue close doors for longest time since 1915 
  • Dancers from the Paris staple made surprise announcement in costumes in May 

ByClaire Toureille For Mailonline

The Moulin Rouge in Paris will be high-kicking its way back on stage on September 10, it announced with a flourish in May after the longest shut down in more than a century.

The first cancan of the post-pandemic era is due to take place tonight under the iconic windmill in Montmartre.

Twelve dancers, in matching masks and feathers, braved the morning chill outside the Moulin Rouge in May to reveal the opening date stitched into their dresses, much to the surprise of passing motorists on the Boulevard de Clichy. 

Paris' Moulin Rouge has announced it will reopen its doors on September 10 2021. The burlesque establishment has been closed since March 12 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dancers in costumes announced the reopening date in May, pictured above

Paris’ Moulin Rouge has announced it will reopen its doors on September 10 2021. The burlesque establishment has been closed since March 12 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dancers in costumes announced the reopening date in May, pictured above

‘I’m extremely happy,’ said 32-year-old dancer Mathilde Tutiaux.

‘It feels so good to finally have a date. We are desperate to see our audiences again. 

‘The first cancan of the restart will be something else. It’s a very technical number and after a break of more than a year, we will have to rehearse very hard this summer.’

Like the other 60 members of the cast, Tutiaux was forced to train alone at home during the shutdown, using her kitchen work surface to stretch.

The dancers, pictured, were delighted to announce in May they'll finally be back to work in September. The pandemic saw the famous windmill close its doors for the longest period since it was destroyed by a fire in 1915

The dancers, pictured, were delighted to announce in May they’ll finally be back to work in September. The pandemic saw the famous windmill close its doors for the longest period since it was destroyed by a fire in 1915 

The Moulin Rouge has been shut since March 12, 2020 – the longest closure since the theatre was destroyed by fire in 1915.

‘Today, the planets are aligning. We are pleased to be working on this restart,’ said Jean-Victor Clerico, director general of the Moulin Rouge earlier this year.

‘If everything goes well, there won’t be any distancing even inside. There are still some unknown factors. If one-metre (three feet) distancing is still needed, we will have to reduce capacity to 50 percent.’

The other renowned centres of Parisian ‘nude chic’ will reopen around the same time: Crazy Horse on September 9 and Le Lido on September 16. 

Dancers of the Moulin Rouge revealing the reopening with letters embroidered on their blue, white and red costumes today

Dancers of the Moulin Rouge revealing the reopening with letters embroidered on their blue, white and red costumes today 

Cancan you believe it? France's nightclubs won't reopen until later, with the current curfew being lifted completed on June 30 (pictured: The Moulin Rouge dancers)

Cancan you believe it? France’s nightclubs won’t reopen until later, with the current curfew being lifted completed on June 30 (pictured: The Moulin Rouge dancers) 

Yes we cancan! The dancers, pictured, had to train alone at home during the pandemic and are looking forward to getting back to work

Yes we cancan! The dancers, pictured, had to train alone at home during the pandemic and are looking forward to getting back to work 

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