God Save our Bareskin
Crazy Horses Guards
Crazy Horses Guards In the loge boxes, sheltered from view, the excitement mounts.
“Ladies, you’re on in five minutes!”
The countdown has started, not one second to lose!
The dancers line up in the narrow corridors leading to the stage and take their places in their box.
The first act, the house’s most famous, is all set.
The magic can now begin; the curtain is about to go up… The show “Désirs”, staged by Philippe Decouflé, is about to begin.
Twelve beauties, in high boots and Bearskin Hats, Royal horse guards with a twist, marching in military step, looking neither left nor right, in a strictly regimented, superbly timed, number.
This world-famous opening scene is the trademark of the house and has opened every Crazy Horse show since 1989.
Born of an idea by Alain Bernardin during a trip to London in the company of Lova Moor, “God Save our Bareskin” is a nod by the founder of the Crazy to power games, which he gently mocks in the uniform he makes his dancers wear, scantily clad and with perfect bodies.
Hence the pun on the word Bearskin, the name of the hat of the English royal guards, literally “skin of a bear” and Bareskin meaning bare, naked skin.
To create this opening number, Alain Bernardin brought an authentic British Royal Guard officer from British Army to Paris, who rehearsed the dancers and taught them the rhythm of the steps and about maintaining a military “bearing”.
The choreographer Molly Molloy, who worked with Arielle Dombasle among others during her time on the stage of the Crazy in 2007, contributed to the creation of this act, whose original music was created by the famous composer Jacques Morali.
This is one of the most legendary numbers but also one of the hardest to learn for any new Crazy recruit.
An iconic number
“God Save our Bareskin is to the Crazy Horse what the black dress is for Chanel. It has opened the show for over 25 years. This act has become the icon of the cabaret”, says Andrée Deissenberg, Chief Creative Officer.
A unique parade of identical beauties that takes place every evening… in the finest Crazy tradition.
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