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Belles de Paris : Une ethnologie du music-hall

Abstract : When evoking the Moulin Rouge and the Folies Bergère, or the Lido, or the Paradis Latin, who doesn't see images of French cancan and very undressed and feather-adorned girls, those “Petites femmes de Paris” who make Paris fame in the whole world ?
Who knows where they come from, how they learn and exercise their art ? These women with their singular lives will testify in this book, of their career, their projects and of their body, which is both sublimated and instrumentalised, and which becomes an artefact on stage. Associated with “bohème” life, music hall is also a world of work. Ethnography allows here to discover a world in front of or behind the curtain, dancers but also technicians, dressers or finery makers in the exercise of their work.
Since they were created, at the end of the XIXth century, Parisian “theatres de revues”, constantly under the threat of closing, are still renewed and remain some symbolic places of the City. The revue tells it : “Ça c'est Paris !”.
Nor praising neither demystifying, this book is the result of several years in cabarets, and aims at sharing a point of view, an anthropologist's one, with any reader curious to go beyond evidences and to discover a paradoxical world.
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Contributor : Francine Fourmaux <>
Submitted on : Wednesday, June 3, 2009 - 9:34:30 AM
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Francine Fourmaux. Belles de Paris : Une ethnologie du music-hall. Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques. Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques, pp.288, 2009, Le regard de l'ethnologue, Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques. ⟨halshs-00390929⟩



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