Le Chat Noir — French for The Black Cat — was a famous cabaret
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Le Chat Noir — French for The Black Cat — was a famous cabaret, founded by Rodolphe Salis in 1881 in the Montmartre area in Paris, but what makes it so special? To be precise, Le Chat Noir actually refers to a cabaret, a troop of entertainers, and an arts journal, all created by Salis. The poster is an ad for the entertainers, who also performed outside of the Paris cabaret and specialized in unique pieces of shadow theater inspired by the Chinese shadow puppet shows. The text on the poster reads “Coming soon, Rodolphe Salis’s Le Chat Noir on tour.” At the cabaret, any artist could perform on stage, and the audience gave immediate feedback in the form of roaring boos or cheers. Le Chat Noir attracted poets, actors, singers, musicians and other artists, which, for about fifteen years, contributed to making Montmartre the heart of artistic life in Paris.