I have had a very interesting time researching The Folies-Bergere was a strange mix of things culturally. In some ways it was very scandalous and racy. The acts that were being put on seemed to be very edgy. But at the same time, many of the audience-members were average and respected women, who one might not expect to see in a place like this. There was also a mix of social classes. It was traditionally a bit questionable to be seen at revue of this sort and yet many of the upper class could be found ‘scumming’ there. The institution was filled with elites who were artists, musicians or businessmen. Manet created his famous painting “A Bar at the Folies-Bergere” based on this place. I was very interested to see the range of people who could be found at a place like this. Additionally, it was interesting to see how people reacted to the shows they saw at the Folies. Some people were aghast at the provocative costumes, dance, etc. And others were very excited about it. It will be interesting to write from the perspective of one of these characters since there are so many angles from which to go about it.
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