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Red Shoes

On the tips of their toes

Under a delicate play of light, three dancers with seemingly endless legs invite you to rediscover grace.

“Red Shoes” is an artistic, aesthetic and dreamlike number that invites you to a moment of absolute pleasure.

Philippe Decouflé, director of the show “Désirs”, wanted an “en pointe” ballet number in the show as a tribute to all ballerinas.

In particular, he was inspired by the dancers who make up the Crazy Girls cast, most of whom come from a classical ballet training.

Once they pass the Crazy Horse casting, new recruits undergo extensive training of two to three months during which “we deconstruct the classical dancer to rebuild the Crazy dancer”, explains Stage and Production Director Svetlana Konstantinova.

The Red Shoes

“Red Shoes” is inspired by the famous tale by the same name by the Dane Hans Christian Andersen, whose story was also included in the eponymous film directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and released in 1948.

A woman wearing red shoes and passionately in love with dance, is carried away by her shoes, which want to continue to dance to until the young woman dies from exhaustion.

This lyrical number thus represents a metaphor for the obsession dancers have for their art.

For Chief Creative Officer Andrée Deissenberg, the scene the “Red Shoes” could equally refer to Alain Bernardin, the founder of the Crazy Horse, and his obsession for artistic creation down to his very last breath.

A dancer in the Red Shoes number

Costumes created by Cadolle

The “Red Shoes” costumes were created by Poupie Cadolle, heir to the famous lingerie house Cadolle founded by Eugénie Herminie Cadolle, creator of the first “modern” bra in 1889.

Synonymous with seduction and refinement, the Cadolle maison is renowned for its must-have corsets.

Lighting effects for this scene were created by Begoña Garcia Navas.

The choreographer Philippe Decouflé also created the introductory video for this moving scene –wearing pointe ballet shoes.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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 ».

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

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