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French cabaret show ‘Lido’ debuts in Dubai

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Lido Paris, the famed French cabaret show, is set to make its UAE debut this week, according to Dubai-based newspaper Gulf News.

The show has been performed for the likes of Josephine Baker, Elton John and Elvis Presley and is staged for approximately 500,000 people throughout the year.

It will now be performed to an audience at Dubai’s The Palm.
Hervé Duperret, the director of the show, said that “Lido Paris has been performing at its own venue on the Champs Elysees for five days a week since 1946. Every year we select two or three venues in the world where we try to showcase a touch of Lido.”

“For example, we performed at the D&G anniversary party at the Cannes Film Festival. The tour, ‘A touch of Lido,’ travels with our eight dancers rather than the usual 80 dancers, and this is what’s coming to Dubai. Our performance there will have three shows of four minutes each. We have also ensured that the costumes and acts adhere to the cultural sensitivities of the region,” he added in reference to the Islamic country’s conservative rules.

Duperret described Lido as “a French institution like the Eiffel Tower and the spectators want to see the show as it is.”

All of the costumes for the show are designed by a former Lido dancer, Edwin Piekny. It took a year for him to create the 600 outfits, he was endowed with a €3 million ($7994999.31) budget.

The extravagant costumes include a mantle, worn in the finale, made of blue-white ostrich and marabou feathers. This alone cost €18,000.
Pierre Rambert, who is the artistic director of the show, created its concept.

“I imagined a bird-woman arriving on her cloud of feathers from a place where happiness did not exist. She goes on to discover it in four worlds; woman, Paris, India and film,” Rambert said in description of his whimsical vision.

“The Lido extravaganza requires you to be imaginative, you have to play with trompe l’oeil (an artistic technique using optical illusion) effects to magnify” the experience, said the director.