Deco Devotion

Folies Bergère Building in Paris allowed to crumble into disrepair

26th May 2010

The Folies building in Paris (which was patterned after the Alhambra Music Hall in London and built in 1869) is now crumbling into disprepair and being allowed to by its current owners. This was the very first music hall of its kind in Paris and has hosted many stars such as Josephine Baker, who became an overnight sensation at the Folies Bergère with her suggestive 'banana dance', in which she wore a skirt made of bananas and little else. Other performers such as Charlie Chaplin, Ella Fitzgerald, W.C. Fields, Elton John, Edith Piaf, Frank Sinatra and many others have also graced this super venue.

A Folies-Bergère show typically included ballet, acrobatics, pantomime, operetta, animal acts, many including spectacular special effects. However, the Folies-Bergère was perhaps more well-known for its sensual allures. Artists and writers were drawn to the Folies-Bergère as they were fascinating venues for the practice of social anthropology, where different classes met in an environment in which strict bourgeois morality held no sway whatsoever. The stunning figural carving on the front of the building was also captured in plaques (modelled on one of the folies dancers Lila Nikolska) and displayed within the building made of plaster.

Take a look at an inside view of this stunning piece of Art Deco history and architecture. What a shame to see such an incredible piece of our European history crumble like this...

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