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Lights up the Lido

Make Up For Ever headed to Paris’s most enigmatic dancehall to capture a bit of showgirl glamour.

My whole life is a stage. It’s about glamour, sequins, play, transformation. Even if we are not in front of an audience every night, I think we can all play with the glamour of the stage in our life every day. – Alicia Maury, Showgirl

Lights up the Lido

Make Up For Ever headed to Paris’s most enigmatic dancehall to capture a bit of showgirl glamour.

My whole life is a stage. It’s about glamour, sequins, play, transformation. Even if we are not in front of an audience every night, I think we can all play with the glamour of the stage in our life every day. – Alicia Maury, Showgirl

The energy is electric. Every inch of the narrow hallways that wind behind the stage are hung with huge feathered headpieces and crystal and sequin-encrusted costumes. Dancers and dressers arrive ahead of the show and drift in and out of the dressing rooms, chatting about their days and night to come.

We are backstage at the Lido, Paris’s premiere cabaret dance revue. The Lido’s latest show, Paris Merveilles, created by Franco Dragone of Cirque de Soleil fame, is just six months old. But the performers, preparing to go on stage in front of over a thousand audience members, seem completely relaxed, as if they have been doing this for years. Some of them have, in fact.

Alicia Maury, 31, has been with the Lido for 12 years. “I have been dancing since I was four years old. I’m classically trained, but grew too tall for ballet. I always knew I wanted to be a showgirl, anyway. It’s a dream come true,” she said.

Drawing a thick cat-eye across her lid before carefully applying a set of lush false eyelashes, she continued: “I love everything about being on stage, and I love everything about backstage. Putting on makeup is a real pleasure for me. I’m very girly that way. I love transforming myself every night.”

All of the dancers receive personalized training from Make Up For Ever makeup artists in how to apply the show’s specially designed look so that the cast appears completely uniform on stage. It’s a ritual that takes up to 45 minutes per night, longer for the nude dancers who also must wear body makeup.

Hervé Duperret, General Director of the Lido, said that passion is the house credo. “Everyone who works here has a real sense on pride in what we do".

Jane Sansby, Maîtresse de Ballet at the Lido, agrees. “At the end of the night, what we’re all really hoping for is that the audience enjoyed the show. We are passionate about what we do, both on stage and off, because that’s what it means to live your life on a stage. You have to live your life from the heart. You’re never really alone when you’re on stage.

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  • Make Up For Ever,
  • Lido,
  • cabaret,
  • dance,
  • Revue,
  • Ballet,
  • stage

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