Saturday, January 15, 2011

Joie de Vivre "La vie est belle,. . .

". . .voila le quadrille,"
 'Life is beautiful, here comes the cancan." 
Toulouse-Lautrec
 Le Moulin Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge
On opening night, October 6, 1889
Where all Paree’ long to be.

Under the windmill red light sails
As they begin to turn 
Le Moulin Rouge Le Moulin Rouge.

 Skirts flying, legs kicking,
Offenbach music playing
Where all Paree’ long to be. 

 
Cancan girls gorgeous and tall
Les chahuteuses-  Louise, Jane, Nicole & Nina
Le Moulin Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge.

 A happy world of boisterous rhythm,
patrons singing:"ooh-la-la, ooh-la-la',ooh-la-la"
Where all Paree’ long to be.

Oui, Louise, la Goulue will go down in history
As the undisputed French cancan queen
Le Moulin Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge
Where all Paree’ long to be.

  
Fin
Joie de Vivre

Le Moulin Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge
On opening night, October 6, 1889
Where all Paree’ long to be

Under the windmill red light sails
As they begin to turn 
Le Moulin Rouge Le Moulin Rouge

Skirts flying, legs kicking,
Offenbach music playing
Where all Paree’ long to be.

Cancan girls gorgeous and tall
Les chahuteuses-  Louise, Jane, Nicole & Nina
Le Moulin Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge

A happy world of boisterous rhythm, patrons singing
"ooh-la-la, ooh-la-la', ooh-la-la, oooh-la-la,
Where all Paree’ long to be

Oui, Louise, la Goulue will go down in history
As the undisputed French cancan queen
Le Moulin Rouge, Le Moulin Rouge
Where all Paree’ long to be.
by joanny
a villanelle style poem
Fin


photo credits: via tumblr Diorcancan, courtesy of toulouseLautrecFd.Moulin Rouge cancandancers, Moulin Rouge Juliet Prowse,1959, showgirl

27 comments:

  1. C'est très joli, Joanny. Tu as bien su restituer l'ambiance de ce paradis.
    Merci!

    http://richardmoisan.blogspot.com/

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  2. A great collection of Moulin Rouge memories.
    Nice.

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  3. Joanny, I have been there, had such a great time I met the Mater'd and we had coffee together.It's a long story, anyway I love that place.

    yvonne
    I have a new post and need a true comment if it offends in any way I will delete it.

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  4. oh i could def hear the music and this one sung...you captured well a rather exciting time/atmosphere in both word and pic...

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  5. Nothing quite like the leggy energy of these dancers- Toulouse-Lautrec is so wonderful. Thanks.

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  6. "Life.inc" This is what came to my mind when I beheld the pictures posted by you.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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  7. An outstanding collection of photo;s and poem,
    Great to read and look at.

    Yvonne.

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  8. Another good text when you can feel the dance and the atmosphere:)

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  9. WOW Joanny
    What a gorgeous tribute to Le Mouline and Lautrec and La Goulue... I wish I was there - i wish I had- in those crazy times in Paris...

    :)))

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  10. Hi Joanny,
    Thanks for your visit and comment. I enjoyed your Moulin Rouge post.
    I've been there, but never actually seen a show. I see you're an Oregonian, so am I. Grew up around Eugene!
    You asked Rod or Jimmy Stewart. At first everyone said Rod, but it's actually Jimmy. Notice the rabbit? That's "Harvey!"
    ~Delores

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  11. Great energy in this spirited poem! "A happy world of boisterous rhythm,"...wonderful line!

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  12. Ooo La La

    looking forward to seeing this one Monday too :)

    moonie

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  13. Magnificent poem to honor a place, a time and a way of life, the birthplace of great artists. Excellent series of images. a really nice post with delicacy and care as all yours.

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  14. It is a very creative blog! I really enjoyed it. I will be back! :)

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  15. Great tribute to one of history's original bawdy shows.

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  16. Joanny,
    I love these colorful pictures, filled with music and joy, and such a different time...
    Wishing you a lovely and creative week.
    Warm hugs from Berit.

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  17. It is so much fun even to look at these pictures!
    Someone once said that music doesn't usually last. Look at French-Cancan!

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  18. another greate selection of beautiful images/photos - well done, again

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  19. I have a feeling that everything happened in Paris during the second half of the 19th century, full of artists who knew each other, who worked together, who were friends... I wonder what one day will be said about the beginning of the 21st century? :-)

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  20. Would undoubtedly important thing of my dreams to spend a night at the Moulin Rouge in the late nineteenth century.

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  21. nice one joanny - this definitely feels moulin rouge and very french...lovely...regarding the rhymes and villanelle form - if you would like to have a detailed feedback, you could mail me or leave a comment at one stop - but just realize i don't manage to comment on all entries..

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  22. Lively and colorful, befitting its subject matter. Heady stuff.

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  23. Very nice Joanny..... excellent photo's.

    Greetings, Joop

    thanks for your kind reactions.

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  24. i LOVE moulin rouge! excellent post.

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  25. You always manage to come up with the best pictures for your words. I could sense your love of the dance and it put a smile on my face.

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  26. Great pix!

    I'd like to check it out when next I'm in gay Paree.

    And may I say this post enchantedly swept me away? I may? Well, thanks! It did.

    xxoo

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