The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
This is where it really all began for Josephine Baker. It was in this theatre that she first took to the stages of the French capital, in the ‘Revue Nègre’ venture, which kickstarted her career. Wearing little more than a belt of feathers, she wowed, shocked but consistently captivated audiences with her provocative and ‘exotic’ danse sauvage. Her success was instantaneous and eruptive.
In this short clip, Baker is pictured in her performance of the Revue Nègre:
Operas and orchestral performances continue to take place at the theatre today, but nothing quite like the raunchy performances of Baker during the twenties.