The latest Ballet news from the point of view on Ingodance, Leningrad and St Petersburg is that the Russian authorities have announced a series of celebrations for the centennial of Prince Igorsky’s accession to the Russian throne. On this day in 1855 Prince Igor (orgoriy) had turned eighteen and was eligible to be proclaimed a Tsar. This was a major change in Russian history and there were celebrations throughout the land, with the participation of all the smaller Russian Families which had been around prior to his accession to the throne. The entire process was a significant cultural shift and the entire Russian society became deeply involved in the celebrations. The Leningrad Grand Symphony Orchestra even arranged to play a symphonic presentation of ‘The Banner O’ That Ours’ on this day – something which was well received in both London and Russia.
So it is fair to say that the current focus of contemporary ballet is on creating a more formal theatrical presentation of ballets which are intended to be performed within the gala evening dress costume of the time. This has led some younger people to view the Russian ballet as an inferior form of art compared to the more ‘traditional’ European forms. This is not entirely true. Ballet itself developed as a highly visual art during the late 19th century and early 20th century and was developed as a culmination of artistic development throughout Europe and the Renaissance. There have been some major advances in the development of contemporary ballet costumes in recent years, including the use of heavier materials and tailored styles of suits which more closely resemble the gala evening dress styles worn by elite European society at the time.
The point of view on Ingodance I should bring to your attention is that contemporary ballet itself is undergoing significant artistic changes which may well influence future design for some of its future productions. These changes are mostly aesthetic in nature and do not really have much to do with the style of dance performed. However, this is likely to change in the future as society continues to develop a more theatrical outlook on things in general. For example, ballet itself has had to adapt to changes in the regulation of wearing long gowns and hats in certain countries.
In addition to this point of view on Ingodance I should also mention that I have seen several interesting costumes on display at various dance events recently. These have been designed by a London-based designer called Jason Silver. Jason has also designed some exceptional outfits for The Royal Ballet in London, which has won several awards. These outfits feature a combination of different fabrics, vibrant colours and unique prints. His work and that of other designers of contemporary ballet costumes certainly give me the impression that they have an eye for the real look and style of a Ballet piece rather than just sticking to a standard template which is very typical of so many contemporary designers of dance costumes.
As I mentioned earlier, there is another benefit to going to a Ballet event and checking out the latest ballet news from the point of view of the contemporary era. This is because of one very important factor. This is that it gives you the chance to see a great variety of styles of shows being performed in front of you. In order to see all the current designs you usually need to tune into Ballet TV or subscribe to a Ballet magazine. However, if you want to check out some of the up-and-coming designs then you need to pay a visit to the venues themselves. Indeed, for some of these venues they will be hosting a preview showing of one of their upcoming designs soon enough.
Another advantage to seeing the latest Ballet news is that it allows us to make better informed choices when choosing a new partner for a ball or a role within the ballet world. I think in this instance it would be wise to stick with shows that are popular to you. There is nothing worse than being cast in a role that you find dull or impossible of living up to. If you watch the latest Ballet News from the point of view on ignorance then you can judge whether or not you would be happy to take on such a role. Of course you should also remember that just because a show is being previewed does not mean it will be an easy run either.