Moulin Rouge (‘the Red Mill’) is an iconic cabaret in Paris, France. In 1889, Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia, co-founded the original house, which burned down in 1915. It is located near Montmartre in the Pigalle district of Paris, on the Boulevard de Clichy in the 18th district, and is marked by a red windmill on its roof. Reachable from Blanche metro station.
Moulin Rouge is best known for being the birthplace of the can-can dance’s modern form. The can-can dance revue, originally introduced by the courtesans who operated from the site as a seductive dance, developed into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets throughout Europe. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction offering entertainment for visitors from all over the world with musical dance. Much of the romance of fin de siècle France still exists in the decor of the club.
In modern time, cabaret was revived with several notable performances and artistic programmes. It has been subject of several books, movies and documentaries. Latest globally known movie was a 2001 ‘Moulin Rouge’ starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.
This is one of the top attractions in Paris, both for a photoshoot opportunities and performances alike.