This week on the Glitter Drop we learn more about a famous Russian ballet and the man who is bringing it to the big screen, one of our favorite show’s return to primetime TV, and we celebrate our 40th Anniversary with the release of a new issue of Showstopper Magazine! Plus, stick around for highlights from our Omaha, Denver, and Lenoir regionals.
“The Flames of Paris”
If you have not studied the history of ballet, then you may not know the term drambalet, but it was major movement in redefining the narratives of classical ballet in Russia. Open to more people in Russia at the time than ever before, ballet was growing in popularity, and because of it, drambalets were a well-regarded art form. One of these ballets “The Flames of Paris” originated at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow in 1933. “The Flames of Paris” was a multi-faceted love story featuring several couples in a setting that would remind viewers of the French Revolution. Since then, all but twenty-five minutes of the choreography has been lost as drambalet lost it’s popularity in the early 1990s. But, “The Flames of Paris” is making a grand return under the direction of American Ballet Theatre artist-in-residence, Alexei Ratmansky. Trained in Bolshoi technique and style as a young dancer, Ratmansky has revived several of the old drambalets and has participated in ABT’s showing of them in movie theaters around the United States. (Read the full story here!)
The Revival We’ve Been Waiting For
American Idol is making a comeback on a new network. Now, on ABC, the singing competition is preparing for its best season yet. The refresh seems to have ignited a new enthusiasm for the show as the competition is currently deep in auditions.The revival will air with three new judges. Oscar and Grammy Award winner Lionel Richie will be joined by pop star Katy Perry and country singer Luke Bryan will be choosing who makes it on stage to capture our hearts. (Read the full story here!)