Danceby Jules Cheret
Olympia Theater Mardi Gras Ball Poster
1893 Invitation to the opening of the Olympia music hall to celebrate the Mardi Gras costume ball.With ,clat and ,lan, to say nothing of a pair of cymbals, the ebullient, unabashedly hedonistic sprite calls us to the Olympia to join tn the fun at their Mardi Gras costume ball. The poster is most commonly seen for the opening of this new establishment, in April of 1893; it was one of the first places in Paris that called itself a music-hall, borrowing a word from British show business. There was a bumpy ride as an added attraction to the usual stage spectacles, but to call it a rollercoaster--Russian mountains, the French term for the rollercoaster--was probably somewhat euphemistic. This is the smaller format.