Let's start with a quote
from one of the most important books in my life:
The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Form is absolutely essential to it.
It should have the dignity of a ceremony,
as well as its unreality,
and should combine the insincere character of a romantic play
with the wit and beauty that make such plays delightful to us.
Is insincerity such a terrible thing? I think not.
It is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities.
I just found a performance
that is a perfect illustration for it :)
Jewels choreographed by Balanchine.
They outfits are based on different jewels:
emeralds (my fav), rubies and diamonds.
It is an abstract ballet
so you can fully concentrate on a form.
Unreal and insincere.
Pompous like a ceremony.
The essence of pure art.
(part of it here)