In Russia the tradition of Masquerade has a cultural impetus to reforms
Emperor Peter 1.
Prior to his dressing was mainly the prerogative of the Christmas and oil
rites and cultivated among the people at the level of mass culture. In
the secular culture of pre-Petrine era about any dressing up in a strange
suit could not be and speeches
The reforms of Peter 1 affected not only the public, social and
political structure, but radically changed the scope of life. Dressed in
Dutch dress, the young King Peter opened the curtain of the first and probably
most radical masquerade as whatever was happening and Russia.
Peter's reforms for the mass Russian man came in the form of terrible
masquerade. Peter 1 not only introduced to Russia the European costume, and dressed her in
"Alien" costume, while encroaching not only on clothing but also on the very face
his subjects, forcing them to shave their beards.
Not accidentally Russian philosophers Slavophiles accused Peter 1 that he
divided the people, dressed nobility in European clothes. Nobility thus
not only separated from the peasantry but was perceived by its own
people as "foreigners", dressed in someone else's "German" dress.
Realizing the depth of influence on mass consciousness of theatrical performances
Peter 1 began to use elements of disguise in their struggle for reform.
Thus arose and began to develop in Russia the tradition of allegorical masquerades
which came to the fore allegorical subjects most often with
didactic overtones expressed by a set of scenes and gestures. Such masquerades
been carefully designed and orchestrated staged as serious
theatrical performances. Drew and built sets, sewed
special costumes, the actors rehearsed the role, and the audience looked at this
performance of windows and balconies and rooftops.