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A Premiere of Two Ballet Companies in Second Life

Posted in Uncategorized by Lora Constantine on November 23, 2008

A Premiere of Two Ballet Companies in Second Life

Shakespeare, Second Life and IBM, Second Life: Two virtual world ballet companies premiered new productions on Sunday, November 23, 2008. At 2 PM, “La Performance,” a new dance company, opened its high school gym-style performance of “You Are So Beautiful” in Shakespeare. At 5 PM, “Ballet Pixelle (formerly known as Second Life Ballet)” opened its Winter Season formal production of “The Nut: A Slightly Abridged Telling of The Nutcracker” in IBM 10.

La Performance’s “You Are So Beautiful” featured several acts of modern dances on a large sky platform, “SL Style” with music by Zucchero, and choreography by Jie Loon. Ballet Pixelle’s “Nut” featured a more traditional rendition of the familiar story of The Nutcracker with music by the Bolshoi Ballet Theatre Orchestra, and choreography by Inarra Saarien.

Although one does not need to possess a lithe or athletic body to dance in a virtual world, many hours of rehearsal times were devoted to perfecting the acts, especially in training the dancers’ entrances and animation activations. Both companies feature “free form” dancers, where the dancers are not on scripted paths, but have to maneuver with their arrow keys precisely in finger acrobatics. Ballet Pixelle features original animations created by their artistic director Inarra Saarien.

While lag is always an issue with virtual performances, about 50 audience members flocked to each premieres. Each show ran for about 45 minutes. Shows are every Sunday at 2 PM for La Performance, and every Sunday at 5 PM for Ballet Pixelle.


SL Shakespeare SOS Fundraiser

Posted in Uncategorized by Lora Constantine on November 22, 2008

SL Shakespeare SOS Fundraiser

Shakespeare, Second Life: Though hinted at on more than one occasion, Ina Centaur yesterday officially announced the SL Shakespeare Company’s SOS “Save Our Sims” Fundraising Campaign-its purpose, according to Centaur, is to meet “a modest though desperately needed sum to pay land tier fees to Linden Lab.” Through funding from microeconomics a la a grid-wide network of donation kiosks, the “SOS” campaign goal is to meet L$1.5 million by January 21, 2009, which at the current LindeX rate for selling would translate to about USD$5300, meeting six month’s tier for three of the island sims that host the SL Globe Theatre venue and similarly daring literary and artistic projects. Centaur plans to fund the fourth sim through her own endeavors, to keep the SL Globe Theatre four sims in size, as well as to continue existing endeavors on the sims in trying to make the enterprise self-sufficient.

At high noon on November 21st, Ina Centaur, Artistic Director of the SL Shakespeare Company, greeted a small crowd of fans and supporters at the SL Globe Theatre before launching a speech that revealed the funding state of the Company, as well as some unexpected humanitarian results of their endeavors. The Company’s performances have reached both those in rural areas and also low-income urban districts, introducing many to the culture of theatre and Shakespearean performances. Centaur summarized with the words, “Perhaps the greatest thing that has evolved from our endeavors is that it has become a truly humanitarian cause that we are fighting for-to bring theatre to the farthest reaches of the world, to give Shakespeare to those who would not have had the chance to experience his words in the live and intimate form they were written for, to use this nascent medium to bring the most quintessential culture to the metaverse and beyond.”

Various donation kiosks are available for those who wish to help the SL Shakespeare Company in their campaign. Supporters may drop by the SL Globe Theatre or the Campaign headquarters, directly to obtain copies of kiosks. The Campaign website contains up-to-the-second stats and other information, as well as links to the inworld Campaign headquarter to obtain kiosks http://campaign.SLshakespeare.com

Centaur explained that a 4-sim venue is a necessity for their shows, “To make sure all can attend, and to minimize the lag.” In addition, the sims listed on the main SOS banners-sLiterary, Shakespeare, and Primtings-also support several other notable literary and artistic projects. Centaur stated the best way to find out about each is to spend some time exploring the sims, or to visit their campaign website above for brief summaries.

Although many may consider Centaur’s activites to be merely great art, after mentioning a few examples of lives their endeavors have touched, she summarized their goal as of a greater significance, “Our goal is to create good within Second Life for the world to thrive from-because it is possible. We have been doing it, and we want to continue doing it, but we won’t be able to if we become homeless-we would have neither the energy or the base to go from.”

Centaur concluded the session with the haunting words, “You are our last hope. If you can’t help us, then I’m afraid to say we are truly lost.”

PR: The SL Shakespeare Company Returns to Shakespeare with Twelfth Night- In Their Usual Trademarked Extravagance…

Posted in Uncategorized by Lora Constantine on November 6, 2008

The SL Shakespeare Company Returns to Shakespeare with Twelfth Night- In Their Usual Trademarked Extravagance…

Shakespeare, Second Life: The SL Shakespeare Company (SLSC) will perform a full ensemble performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: Act 1 in a special short-run advance miniseason as part of their Fall Season 2008 repertoire. Opening on SLSC Thursday, November 13th (following a “sneak peek” on November 12th), the full-length Act 1 is the first part of the culmination of a summer’s worth of rehearsal-performances in SLSC’s tag-team staged reading series of Twelfth Night. Maintaining their tradition of visual and theatrical extravagance, the miniproduction also introduces the usage of multiple rotating sets, incognito animation preloading, global lighting and weather control to SLSC stagecraft technologies. Live dynamic camera control by a director finetunes the performance with a cinematic appeal, while international subtitles, the SLSC’s “Pay as you Will” philosophy, and the play’s location in the confluence of four island simulators of the SL Globe Theatre make the performance accessible to as many as possible.

Directed by Ina Centaur and Voice Directed by Enniv Zarf, the production stars MadameThespian Underhill, Joff Fassnacht, Prospero Frobozz, Ludo Merit, Maedin Tureaud, and Lorne Harlequin, and also a motley cast of “silent actors” who create a different variation of a background crowd each time.

Miniseason schedule (All times SLT or GMT-8):
Wednesday, Nov 12 – 11 am “sneak peek”
Thursday, Nov 13 – high noon
Friday, Nov 14 – 1 PM
Saturday, Nov 15 – 2 pm – (ticketed)*
Sunday – no show
Monday, Nov 17 – high noon

* Most of our shows at the SL Globe Theatre are free, but VIP/ticketed shows

charge a nominal admissions fee of L$500. The smaller audience may entice.

ABOUT The Company: <<<
The SL Shakespeare Company (SLSC) is a resident-funded and resident-
supported professional theatre company that embraces the best of what
Second Life (SL) has to offer. Since 2007, we have been making history by
providing extravagant and unforgettable theatrical performances on Second
Life. With each show, we continue to shape the field by developing and re-
leasing a new technology for virtual theatre on Second Life. Our vision is to
make live Shakespearean theatre available to anyone anywhere with a com-
puter to create new possibilities in entertainment, culture, and commerce for
residents of a diverse, unbounded geosphere. Those are the side effects of
our mission: to make Shakespeare cool again!
Latest News: http://blog.SLshakespeare.com

ABOUT The SL Globe Theatre <<<
SL Globe Theatre, sLiterary is a virtual reconstruction of the Original Globe
Theatre that historians conjecture stood in Shakespeare’s days. It is meticulously
adapted as a functioning theatre in the massively multiuser virtual world of Second
Life. The SL Globe Theatre is the most historically accurate rendition of the Globe
Theatre on the Internet. Its SL rendition is set in the confluence of 4 island simulators
– thus allowing for the maximal number of local audience members.
Web preview: http://visit.SLshakespeare.com

SL Globe Theatre Pit entrance: http://SLurl.com/secondlife/Shakespeare/255/255/25
SL Globe Theatre Main entrance: http://SLurl.com/secondlife/sLiterary/23/13/23
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