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Crisis ? What crisis !

Financial crisis

The curves are all stirred up! The curves of the stock market that is! But our Crazy businesswoman isn’t one to take it lying down…

This scene from today mocks clichés and offers a unique and irreverent view of the financial crisis that shook the West in 2008.


The news comes to the Crazy

The scene “Crisis? What crisis!” was created by Philippe Decouflé for the show Désirs, inspired by the sub-prime financial crisis of 2008 in the United States.

The French choreographer stages a female president of a multinational corporation who is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

A game of seduction begins on the legendary Parisian cabaret stage, with the exchange rates of the Paris stock exchange projected against the backdrop. The indices are getting more and more erratic as the clothes start flying off.


Contemporary language and tools

“I tried to contribute to the renewal in in a context of continuity by using the language and tools of today,” said Decouflé to the AFP.

“The Crazy has everything that fascinates me: women, the body, dance. The stage of this cabaret is like a setting for an idea: gorgeous girls naked in high heels and wearing clothes made of light.”

Crisis? What Crisis! Inspired by the sub-prime financial crisis of 2008

To anticipate the controversy, the director said he respects the spirit defended by Alain Bernardin of the Woman, celebrated at the Crazy Horse, a woman who is never submissive, never denigrated. “She uses her charm to be assertive and be the strongest, by being constantly desirable”.

A striptease number with very modern accents

The costume for this striptease number with very modern accents was created by the Paris fashion and lingerie designer Fifi Chachnil, in collaboration with Ali Mahdavi.

The lights, which adorn the character, are created by Begoña Garcia Navas, a collaborator of Philippe Decouflé, the creator behind this act, set to original music by the composer Fred Pallem.

The projections are created by François Willenz and Mathieu Jurgenson.



  • Hilton McConnico a crée la première affiche du spectacle “Désirs” en 2009.

  • Christian Louboutin a dessiné les souliers d’une majorité de tableaux dont « Teasing », « Rougir de Désir » et « Upside Down ».

  • At least six pairs of shoes are tailor made for each dancer.

  • Poupie Cadolle a crée les corsets de « Red Shoes ».

  • The cabaret is considered a national monument in France. It is a cultural phenomenon and part of the national heritage.

  • Chaque année, les danseuses du Crazy Horse utilisent 250 paires de bas, 500 litres de maquillage et 300 tubes de rouge « Crazy ».

  • La voix féminine sur la bande son du numéro “Spoutnik” appartient à la danseuse Fiamma Rosa.

  • Chaque danseuse est baptisée d’un nom de scène lors de son entrée au Crazy Horse.

  • Le nom du cabaret parisien est en hommage au chef Sioux Crazy Horse.

  • 300 “Crazy Red” lipsticks are used each year by Crazy Horse Paris’ dancers.

  • Fifi Chachnil signe la tenue de la PDGère dans « Crisis ! What Crisis ? »

  • La 1ère Guest Star dans l’histoire du Crazy Horse est Dita Von Teese en octobre 2006.

  • More than 30 dancers currently work with Crazy Horse Paris.

  • Internationally acclaimed corsetiere Poupie Cadolle, whose grandmother invented the bra, designed the corsets for « Red Shoes ».

  • Celebrity shoe creator Christian Louboutin designed the red-soled shoes for many acts including “Teasing”, “Rougir de Désirs” and “Upside Down”.

  • Inauguré le 21 septembre 2009, le show “Désirs” est signé Philippe Decouflé et Ali Mahdavi.

  • Two Crazy Girls modelled for David Lynch’s “Fetish” photo series

  • All dancers are classically trained. It takes three to five month of hard work to transform a classical dancer into a Crazy Girl.

  • Crazy Horse Paris was founded by Alain Bernardin in 1951 and has been an illustrious cabaret ever since.

  • Deux danseuses du Crazy Horse ont été les modèles pour David Lynch pour son projet « Fetish », en collaboration avec Christian Louboutin.