The prestigious cabaret in Paris, the Lido, has reopened to the public with a new show that would delight its visitors.
Set in the fabulous scenery of the French capital, at the edge of fantasies and reality, the new Lido show offers a grand spectacle. Situated on the mythic Avenue des Champs-Élysées for the past 70 years, the French institution is reopening to the public after few months of renovation with fresh elements – from the backdrop to the choreography, the music, costumes and performers.
“Our goal is to allow the spectators to relate to every single facet of Paris Merveilles: spectacular and intimate, nostalgic and ultra modern, sensual and extravagant,” says Franco Dragone, the creator and director of the new show. Franco founded the cultural creation company Dragone in 2000, specifically famous for reinventing a genre in the 90s. Franco, who is known for his work in live performances such as Celine Dion, A New Day; Le Rêve (in Las Vegas); The House of Dancing Water (City of Dreams, Macao); Taboo (City of Dreams, Macao); The Han Show (Wuhan, China), refurbished 2,000 sq m panoramic room covering the lobby in royal blue and gold. The visitors are served according to the new menu completed with desserts from the very chic Maison Lenôtre. But the real changes are seen on the stage. After a short animation with a live band, the lights go out for the show to begin. Led by French singer Manon, the spectacle unfolds the sequences on different melodies – from swing to soul, jazz to romance.
“Paris Merveilles” follows a simple storyline, when a young girl arrives in Paris, naive and unaware of what the city has in store for her, a couple of jolly fellows pop up like by magic and take her to an unexpected part of this world, made of glitters, fancy costumes, bright smiles, whirls of colours and madness, games of seduction.
With a set of 600 costumes, 250 pairs of shoes and 200 hats newly designed, the show aims to take the Lido to the next level. Nicolas Vaudelet, from Christian Lacroix and Jean-Paul Gaultier, master of this orgy of feathers, rivers of strass, haute-couture smokings and delicate see-through outfits, confesses, “drawing costumes for a show is the ultimate fantasy for all designers.”
On-stage, 32 young women and 14 young men lead the dance. Selected through a long process of 500 auditions across the European and American continents, the dancers rehearsed for four months on a choreography, designed not only to enhance the spirit of French cancan but also to add an inch of modernity to the cabaret.
One of the keywords of “Paris Merveilles”, modernity, is highlighted by the use of new technologies on-stage. For the first time worldwide, the Lido is bringing a series of visual effects out of video, LED lights and projections. The artefacts come in addition to an already spectacular setting made of a monumental staircase in the Art Nouveau style, or its 5 metre chandelier glowing out of 40,000 pearls.
With the new elements, Lido hopes to mesmerise the public and turn this fairy-tale into a memorable evening.
“Paris Merveilles” in numbers
• 25 millions of euros invested in the renovation and the artistic creation of the show
• 2 years of preparations and 4 months of rehearsals
• 2 million Swarovski crystals decorating the glimmering outfits
• 100 kg of ostrich feathers, dyed in pink and fastened under the skirts of 27 Cancan dancers
• 1,000 hours of conception by a team of 8 graphic designers for all the videos and original settings projected in the room
• 60 artists on-stage every evening, amongst whom are the famous Bluebell girls
• 20,000 Watts to highlight Manon, the live singer of the show
• 22 dressers and 11 tailors in the backstage taking care of the 600 outfits
• 35 people in the kitchen, preparing every night a selection of 21 meals divided into 3 menus
• 300,000 bottles of champagne opened each year
• 1,132 seats in a 2,000 square metre panoramic room
• 500,000 spectators visit the Lido each year