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Les Folies Bergère - Paris

The Folies Bergère is a Parisian music hall which was at the height of its fame and popularity from the 1890s through the 1920s. As of today the institution is still in business.


Les Folies Bergere - Paris

Les Folies Bergère - Paris

Located in the 9th Arondissement, it was built as an opera house by the architect Plumeret. It was patterned after the Alhambra music hall in London. It opened on 2 May 1869 as the Folies Trévise, with fare including operettas, comic opera, popular song, and gymnastics.


The name was the French word "folies", derived from the Latin word for "leaves" (foliae), connoting the idea of an outdoors entertainment venue, combined with the name of one of the adjacent streets, the "rue Trevise". (It was on the intersection of the rue Richer and the rue Trévise.) Unfortunately, the Duc de Trévise, a prominent nobleman, did not want people to think that he was associated with a bawdy dance hall. As a result, it was renamed the Folies Bergère on 13 September 1872, after another nearby street, the rue Bergère (the feminine form of "sheperd").


Édouard Manet's 1882 well-known painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergère depicts a bar-girl, one of the demimondaine, standing before a mirror.


The Folies Bergère catered to popular taste. Shows featured elaborate costumes; the women's were frequently revealing, and shows often contained a good deal of nudity. Shows also played up the "exoticness" of persons and things from other cultures, obliging the Parisian fascination with "négritude" of the 1920s.

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Les Folies Bergere
Fernando Ireneusz (18 Nov 2015 - 08:45)
A Real French extravaganza. A rich dance ensemble. Viva la Bergere


Les Folies Bergère - Paris

Address : 32, rue Richer
Zip code : 75009
City : Paris - France
Area : Louvre, Opéra, Chatelet
Email :
Website : Les Folies Bergère - Paris
Opening hours : every day
Prices : From 28 to 89 euros
Phone : +33(0)1 44 79 98 60
Metro/Bus : Grands Boulevards lines 8 or 9



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Les Folies Bergere
- Fernando Ireneusz
(18 Nov 2015 - 08:45)
A Real French extravaganza. A rich dance ensemble. Viva la Bergere
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- Melony
(17 Jul 2012 - 09:15)
I too can only find the web site for Les Follies Bergère in French language. Is there a translated site for us English speakers?
Les folies Bergere
- Hank Johnson
(4 Apr 2012 - 09:30)
I find just about all of your web sites very useful. The history of the Folies Bergere is quite informative. Unfortunately, the link on your web page for Folies Bergere is in French only and I am having a hard time communicating with them about September shows, seating and ticket prices. Can you help? Thanks

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