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169685.  Wed Apr 25, 2007 11:56 am Reply with quote

According to this website, the Egyptians "invented" the notion of the can-can (not the French).

It would be great comedy value if we could find a picture of these reliefs.

169687.  Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:00 pm Reply with quote

Here we go:

Acrobatic Dance, Tomb of Mehu, Saqqara, Egypt, c. 2400 BC.


169690.  Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:04 pm Reply with quote

This is better:


169702.  Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:41 pm Reply with quote

I would have been quite a coup if they held one finger under their noses...

171485.  Wed May 02, 2007 6:51 am Reply with quote

This just got better.

According to the official Moulin Rouge website, the British invented the can-can!

It was in 1861, in London, when Charles Morton, a great master of the music-hall who was inspired by the Quadrille, invented the French Cancan. The word Cancan referred to the particularly noisy characteristic of this new dance. Whereas British people were rather shocked by this dance on the edge of indecency, in Paris the popularity of the Cancan was still growing. It was being shaped progressively, until it became a ritualised dance, exclusively for women, whose main art consisted of doing the splitts and uncovering lacy underskirts.

I think we have ourselves a question, non?

171487.  Wed May 02, 2007 6:55 am Reply with quote

Sacré Bleu - c'est formidable.

One for the entertainment show methinks.

171488.  Wed May 02, 2007 6:56 am Reply with quote

This is now getting REALLY wierd.

According to Wiki the first ever can can was performed at Wilton's Music Hall, which is run ex-girlfriend.

We once even considered doing a QI charity night there with Stephen and Prince Charles, who is the Hall's patron.

(Sadly Stephen didn't like the idea...)'s_Music_Hall

171494.  Wed May 02, 2007 7:00 am Reply with quote

If we don't want to use the superb Egyptian can-can pictures, I know that Frances would be more than happy to let us shoot some footage and stills inside Wiltons. It's really lovely...

171505.  Wed May 02, 2007 7:32 am Reply with quote

New just in. The dancers aren't even French:

As most French dancers aspire to the more formal dance forms, like ballet, they have to recruit troupe members from all over the world because, as in the case of other traditional dances such as Irish dancing, the can-can is seen as a trifle old-fashioned - "something from the last century" - by the natives themselves, Marques says.

Then there are the aesthetic requirements - dancers need to be of a certain height, preferably with long, endless legs. The French, alas, tend to be short...

So there you have it. The can-can. As French as a chip butty with HP sauce.

393964.  Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:36 am Reply with quote

My father always maintained that the popularity of the can can was more to do with the total absence of the lacy undergarments i.e. commando dancing!


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