Paris' Moulin Rouge survived a fire, war, and social changes to become the most famous cabaret in the world
The Moulin Rouge opened in 1889 in Paris’ Montmarte district as a place where people from all walks of life could come to mingle and enjoy music, dance, and comedy. It is credited for popularizing the cancan dance, which is still performed over 130 years later. In the 20th century, the venue survived a fire, two world wars, and its share of criticism for the cancan. Despite it all, the Parisian theater remained an important cultural hub and has inspired Hollywood films and Broadway musicals. The current show, Féerie, cost 8 million euros to create, and half of that went to the costumes alone. The dancers wear 1,000 outfits adorned with feathers, rhinestones, and sequins. Féerie runs 365 days a year, with two shows every night.