PARTY À LA LOUIS & MARIE ANTOINETTE:
ELECTRO PARTY IN THE PALACE OF VERSAILLES
ELECTRO PARTY IN THE PALACE OF VERSAILLES
Sparkling Paris! Mr Eiffel’s flexible steel tower, the glittering Champs-Élysées, the luxurious Louvre, the sometimes-too-hot Notre Dame, the dazzling Versailles, the pulsing electro – electro? Mais oui: French esprit is combining grooves and grandeur in the glorious palace. So if you want to convert exciting syncopated rhythms into youthful fun and passion in the elegant ambience of Louis XVI: for four hours on 8 June 2019, Versailles Électro will raise your pulse and raise the majestic roof, too! Keep the tempo up and carry on the fête at the Ritz with your lithe lady from our escort service – all in the spirit of laissez-faire.
The castle: since 1650. Electro: since 1980. Both: modern and multifaceted.
France’s royalty resided in the Château de Versailles near Paris. Its magnificent buildings have provided inspiration for the flights of fancy of castle architects for over 200 years. Among the most extensive palaces in Europe, the baroque complex covers over 8 square kilometres – just sufficient for an intimate night of dancing.
From its origins as a compact hunting lodge for Louis XIII, the now-colossal castle grew in several phases. The Louis upgrade (number XIV) generously transformed and extended the original architectures. Their grandiose interior found an idyllic counterpart in the elegant grounds. They are the perfect setting for a serene walk with your intuitive model from our escort service. The feverish anticipation grows, while the hours until the party shrink to mere minutes. A court of several thousand worked and amused themselves in the enormous estate of Versailles. Consequently, three pleasure palaces in the romantic park accompany the central palace building. The Sun King’s enormous world heritage site (UNESCO, 1979) just outside Paris overlooks one millennium of history in the area of Versailles (Latin: versare – to dig up): Fields of a farming village stood at the beginning of the current palace area. Louis XIII provided himself with a modest chateau there to stay overnight after his hunts. Sometimes, the casual King would also sleep in the neighbouring mill – vive la tolérance. But vain society ridiculed the compact palace, which Louis XIII did not find amusing: a pleasure palace was needed! The chic new building served to host the celebrations of Louis’ equally jovial son (Louis number 14) in 1660 – sans electro at the time, for lack of electricity. The party king’s minister of finance built his own castle and took advantage of the state treasury to do so. So instead of acquiring a castle, he got… arrested by royal decree.
However, Louis XIV stole, sorry, copied the clever synthesis of architecture and park: he transferred the complete design to upgrade Versailles from a modest to a pleasure palace. This is how the famous residential palace was built – at the heart of which lies the modest hunting lodge. From the mid-1680s, more than 35,000 labourers worked on the sovereign’s grandiose visions – educated French people at the time probably drew parallels between the lavish palace and the pyramids, but with the Sun King rather than the sun god. In any case, just 100 years later the splendid façade shone at almost 600 metres in length (still no sign of electricity). As a castle museum, the enchanting palace already provided a generous home to many contemporary artworks long before 2010. Exhibits by Anish Kapoor or Hiroshi Sugimoto found their audience here, for instance. Each transformation of the timeless Versailles leads it towards its international future – without ever detracting from its identity. To the delight of Francophiles, popular French DJs are setting up in the castle disco for the upcoming electro party. The mastermind behind it all is Ed Banger Records, a long-standing Parisian label owned and run by Busy P, DJ and ex-manager of Daft Punk. In the splendid Hall of Mirrors, the event is sure to awaken the spirit of past festivities in the pleasure palace. Louis (whichever serial number) would probably enjoy partying in his modern palace (now with electricity).
Electronic music has its very earliest roots in 1948 in Paris as musique concrète, but one of the most famous pioneers of the genre is Kraftwerk. Electro is based on syncopated emphasis on an unaccented beat – okay, thanks for that. Let’s just say it is funky and makes you move: house, disco, boogie, and pop. Individualists may enjoy it with a foxtrot, tech-freaks may be tempted to programme the TR-808. That drum machine by Roland from Japan coined the signature tonality of electro. So, if you like soaring through heavenly vocoder choirs in the sequencer storm on a magic carpet of synth: the magnificent, and low-tech, terraces of Versailles are the place to be on 8 June 2019. Whether you opt for a casual outfit or a dashing ruffle shirt: being youthful, leading and being seduced still count! Voulez-vous danser? Peut-être avec une très belle dame de notre escort service exceptionelle? If Breakbot, So Me or Myd don’t mean a great deal to you, perhaps you were first hardwired in the early days of electro.
In the beginning was Kraftwerk – to be precise: the four rigid gentlemen from Düsseldorf with their robots on the Autobahn or the Trans Europe Express. At the end of the 70s, they combined conventional dance beats with self-made electronics – et voilà: four decades later, numerous genres that were born out of that stylish intuition now waft through the airwaves around the world. In France, the revolutionary influence of Jean-Michel Jarre stimulated the direction of French house. From the Old World to the New: in the USA, agile elements of funk and disco flowed into electro. So move to the beats of nu-disco, electro-funk and many more with your alluring young lady for four hours until the clock strikes midnight, then head to your hotel.
Puttin’ on the Ritz: this iconic hotel, as featured in so many songs and films, casts a spell on the imagination (and wallet) of its affluent guests.
The all-encompassing luxury in the interior, service and gastronomy on offer has even been immortalised in phrases. Everything ritzy? Then have your card at the ready – and head for Paris’ most legendary hotel. Number 15 on Place Vendôme served as a hotel as early as the beginning of the 18th century. 150 years later, the famous building housed an investment bank, and then mutated back into a hotel. It finally fell into the hands of César Ritz at the end of the 19th century. In the extensive renovations of the noble building, the Swiss man respected the imposing façade, which dates from the very earliest days of the impressive square. That spot was once home to the Hôtel de Vendôme by César de Vendôme. This César was the result of an affair between Henry IV and his lover Gabrielle d’Estrées. He became the great-great-great-grandfather of Louis (another number 15). While there was clearly no shortage of Césars and Louis, Louis XIV lacked the money to build his Place Vendôme at the end of the 17th century. The Ritz, however, was spared any such worries: in the late 1970s, the world-famous house went to Mohamed Al-Fayed, a billionaire from Egypt – pyramidal wealth remains.
Seven years and a quarter of a billion dollars later, the Ritz’ substantial renovations came to an end – the majestic residence was once again fully open for its guests. Every few years, the establishment has another “spring clean”: in the early 2010s, this came to 200 million (this time in euros). Luckily, Harrods in London could foot that bill. Since then, celebrities have been able to arrive at the secure hotel without any annoying autograph requests – through a tunnel passage from the underground car park. That level of privacy wasn’t available for the great guests of bygone days, from Valentino to Hemingway through to the legendary Gabrielle (not César’s): “Coco” Chanel, the fashion czar, lived in the grandiose Ritz for 35 years! Those who can, do! Hemingway supposedly dreamed about his afterlife in this Parisian landmark. Louis (number 16) would definitely recommend the legendary Suite Impériale in the heavenly Hôtel Ritz: he would have enjoyed his tunnel vision of Marie Antoinette and the equally inviting Place Vendôme. So be similarly immodest with your resplendent companion from our escort service. Such a captivating diversion is sure to drown out the lingering drumbeats after your night of dancing and debauchery. Perhaps by then, the sun will be rising again and you’ll both fortify yourselves at the restaurant: Michelin gives the L’Espadon two stars.
Dance through the night and through different realms with our agile escort service: your smartphone slides into your hand, the number dials and before you know it, we’re excitedly discussing your ideas. Soon after, you meet us in person and we arrange for the discreet realisation of your wildest dreams. We’ll make it so easy for you to make memories that are as timeless as Versailles. Our charming memory makers look forward to making your acquaintance.