By: Sourendra Kumar Das
In 2001, Moulin Rouge directed by Baz Luhrman was one of the Academy Award winning films and is a classic in itself. Almost after a decade, Accor, the largest international hotel operator in Asia-Pacific and Air France, brought the much-acclaimed French dance troupe Moulin Rouge straight from Paris to the city of dreams on Ocotober 31.
A taste of Moulin Rouge at the World of Accor was held at Sofitel, Bandra-Kurla Complex, and saw three exclusive performances by the Moulin Rouge girls. Their dance moves awed the audience.
“The much talked about cancan dance is enthralling to watch but difficult to perform. For half a second their legs are in the air, the next half of a second it comes down. However, it feels wonderful to wear dresses that are made of feathers and glittery ornaments that cost over millions of euros,” said Nora Mogalle, one of the Moulin Rouge girls who hails from Germany and has made France her home.
Jean-Michel CassÃ©, senior vice president of Accor India and Fahmi Mahjoub, commercial director India of Air France-KLM, brought the glamorous Moulin Rouge girls to Mumbai. “French luxury is in our DNA and hence, it was important for us to exhibit the ultimate French romance,” said the duo.
The Moulin Rouge had three sequences with the first one being the exuberant dancers flamboyantly dressed in features. The show transcended the audience to the primeval Moulin Rouge in Paris. The second performance was by two Ukraine Moulin Rouge acrobats Popov Sergii and Sheherbak Nikolay. They showcased fabulous dancing skills that mesmerised the audience. Shaune Collard gave the last performance with the gang of girls. The girls swirled their skirts and made a magnificent rainbow sequence.
“The Moulin Rouge’s famous cancan dance needs a lot of training or else the dancers can get severely hurt. The movements are extremely fast than any other dance forms in the world,” said Fanny Rabasse, spokesperson of Moulin Rouge.