Ballet Pixelle presents the Ninth Edition of “The Nut”

The Nut dancing Snowflake

A Snowflake

When I was just a young avatar, fairly new to Second Life,  I discovered  Ballet Pixelle, a ballet company that uses the technology of Second Life to bring ballet to people all over the world. The company was founded by Inarra Saarinen, an RL dancer and choreographer, who creates choreography in Second Life  that is then performed by avatar dancers in the Ballet Pixelle Theater. Inarra creates the scripts which are then used by each dancer to perform his/her part. They are actually dancing and reacting to the music and each other; this is not like when we go to clubs and click on a dance which then moves our avatars around. And furthermore, these dancers are spread out across the world – they gather at the theater from every corner of the world you can imagine and create a unified performance. To cap it all off, the live audience is from around the world too, so there we all are, gathered together from Japan, North America, South America and Europe, all enjoying a ballet together.

The Nut Clara with nutcracker at beginning

Clara

I first wrote about Ballet Pixelle in 2008 (yikes!) when I attended “The Nut” which is their somewhat abridged version of Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”. You can read that post here.

The Nut Clara with tall nutcracker

Clara and the Nutcracker

That was the second year that Ballet Pixelle presented “The Nut” and last night I went to their ninth edition of “The Nut”. There have been some changes made since I first saw “The Nut” but it is still the beloved offering that so many have enjoyed over the holiday period.

The Nut Clara beginning of second act

Clara arriving in a Winter Wonderland

Set in 19th Century Russia, it is the story of a young girl named Clara, who receives a nutcracker for Christmas.

The Nut Russian dancer

A Russian Dancer

She falls asleep holding it in her arms and dreams it turns into a handsome prince who brings her to a magical place where dancers perform for her entertainment.

The Nut Flowers

Dancing Flowers

She eventually returns to her bedroom, not quite sure if her adventures were a dream or not.

The Nut Chinese Dancer

A Chinese Dancer

I strongly recommend this performance for many reasons, but probably most importantly because it is an extremely enjoyable and remarkable experience.

The Nut Spanish Dancer

A Spanish Dancer

The costumes are beautiful, the dancers graceful and the story will put you in the mood for the holiday season.Performances take place on Wednesdays and Sundays at 5 pm SLT.

The Nut Snowflake arabesque

Dancing Flowers

The Nut Finale

Finale with Clara back at home

The Nut Inarra

Founder and Artistic Director Inarra Saarinen

Las Vegas comes to The Lounge

I spent most of the past weekend at the “Aspies Together” Fundraiser.  The theme was “The Haunted Carnie”; outside The Lounge building a tent had been set up, surrounded by carnival related activities -a carousel, photobooth, train cars, fortune teller and cemetery.  Unfortunately my friend Boye Jervil was unable to catch the events of the first day, but he came in later on and we had a look around the sim.

Waiting for Boye to return. He was in for a shock!

Waiting for Boye to return. He was in for a shock!

Boye logged into Second Life before I did, so he sat on my deck waiting for me. By the time I logged in he was afk, so I sat quietly next to him. He got such a shock when he returned because he didn’t recognize me! I must say it was a different look for me.

So strong

So strong

We then went over to The Lounge and immediately began trying all the different carnival activities. Boye started off  by displaying his incredible strength, lifting a barbell with one hand.

I don't know how I get into these situations.

I don’t know how I get into these situations.

I, on the other hand, somehow got locked in a railway car, much to my chagrin. I made some suggestions to Boye as to how I might be freed, but he didn’t seem too worried,

No Worries

No Worries

and perhaps having tired himself out lifting the barbell,  fell asleep leaving me high and dry.

Nap time

Nap time

However I managed to escape (being so slender helped!) and Boye awoke to find that our circumstances had been reversed.

Revenge is sweet

Revenge is sweet

While he was stuck inside the car I practiced balancing on the back of a winged horse, as one does.

This is fun!

This is fun!

Then after I released Boye we went to the fortune teller’s tent, but didn’t learn anything particularly edifying.

No fortune and no snacks

No fortune and no snacks

Later that day we both were able to attend the final performance at The Lounge,

The elegant Xaphyre and John

Xaphyre and John

where the always stylish proprietor Xaphyr Ansar and lovely host Bernice Galtier welcomed everyone and made us all feel like celebrating.

lovely host Bernice Galtier welcomging everyone to The Lounge

Bernice Galtier

At the end of the fundraising weekend we were magically transported to Vegas, Baby,  in the elegant club itself.

.Vegas night at The Lounge

It was glitz and glam time, with Xaphyr playing the music of the Rat Pack and Elvis.

Enjoying the glamour of the evening

Enjoying the glamour of the evening

Vegas at The Lounge

Boye and I certainly lived it up with a particularly lively dance.

Sometimes we surprise even ourselves

Sometimes we surprise even ourselves

Proving that my back goes out more often than I do and there's a good reason for that

Photographic proof  that my back goes out more often than I do and there’s a good reason for that

By the end of the evening my poor feet were exhausted, but everyone had tremendous fun supporting the “Aspies Together” group.

The King

The King

“Aspies Together” at The Lounge

Poster for Aspies Together at the Lounge

Last night I attended the “Aspies Together” fundraiser at The Lounge jazz club.  Aspies Together is a group in SL created by Sam Firehawk offering support for people on the autism spectrum. More information can be found at http://www.aspiestogether.com/.

All Dolled Up

All Dolled Up

The theme of the event was “The Haunted Carnie” and avatars got into the “spirit” of the evening whole-heartedly.  Everyone looked spooktacular enjoying the great music and dancing the night away. The fun continues today, from 12 noon to 8 pm slt in the carnival tent at  The Lounge.

Ed Follet  all ready for fun at The Lounge

Ed Follet all ready for fun at The Lounge

Janey Bracken enjoying the evening

Janey Bracken enjoying the evening

DJ Contessa

DJ Contessa

Xaphyre and John

Xaphyre and John

Beautiful people at The Lounge

Beautiful people at The Lounge

The Lounge Dai

Dai

Dancing to the great music

Dancing to the great music

The Lounge Oct24

Striking a pose

The Lounge Day of the Dead

Contemplating Dia de los Muertos

Happy DJ

Happy DJ

Ever feel like you are being watched?

Ever feel like you are being watched?

I Turn 8!

Hibs rez day 2015_005

I logged in to Second Life on Saturday evening, having completely forgotten that it was my rez day!

Janey

Janey Bracken

However, my good friend Janey Bracken had not, so to my great surprise and delight I arrived to find that she had arranged a rez day party for me at The HangOut, Janis Short’s fantastic club.

Janis Short

Janis Short

Janis had done a wonderful job creating a celestial atmosphere and all the guests had gotten into the spirit of the event by wearing beautiful formal outfits that shimmered and glittered like twinkling stars.

DJ Brain and Minxy

DJ Brain and Minxy

DJ Brainphrozen Woodsheart played all my favourite tunes so we had a “sublime” time dancing the night away.

Moto

Moto

Nils, with Bernice, Truths and Nahi in the background

Nils, with Bernice, Truths and Nahi in the background

Nahi, Truths and Rob

Nahi, Truths and Rob

Bernice and Ed

Bernice and Ed

I was extremely touched to have a party thrown in my honour and that so many of my friends were able to attend or contacted me to wish me all the best. 8 Years is a long time in the virtual world and I feel blessed to have met so many incredible people from all over the world; you are my angels and my stars, thank you for being a part of my life.

Opening Night At The Lounge

Dancing to the music of Trowzer Boa

Dancing to the music of Trowzer Boa

Last Saturday saw the opening of Xaphyre Ansar’s new jazz club “The Lounge”, an elegant and welcoming club sure to popular with all who enjoy jazz.

Xaphyre Ansar

Xaphyre Ansar

DJ Speelo Snook got things started with a selection of music that got everyone onto the dance floor.

DJSpeelo Snook gets the party started

DJSpeelo Snook gets the party started

He was followed by the talented saxophonist Trowzer Boa who played for an enthusiastic and appreciative group of avatars.

Trowzer Boa

Trowzer Boa

After Trowzer Boa, DJ Harry Hargreaves brought more wonderful music that kept everyone dancing and enjoying the atmosphere.

DJHarry Hargreaves

DJHarry Hargreaves

The day ended with DJ Xaph (our own Xaphyre Ansar) doing a “Nights in Havana” revue,

Havana Nights photo courtesy of Motorato Ware

Havana Nights
photo courtesy of Motorato Ware

with colourful costumes and decor as well as hot Latin music.

Dancing at Havana Nights Review

Dancing at Havana Nights Review

It was a great day and a great beginning for a club that I am sure will become a second home to SL Jazzthusiasts!

the lounge champagne flutes

A toast to The Lounge!

SL12B – Overwhelming!

SL12B was scheduled to close June 28, but the builds continue to be open until July 4. I think performances have finished. As usual, for any information on SL12B, go to their website here.

SL Aviation Community

SL Aviation Community

Many of the dreams you find represented in SL12B are related to transportation; I found plots related to flying and motorcycles, and there are probably others I have not yet discovered.

Might be my dream but everyone else's nightmare!

Might be my dream but everyone else’s nightmare!

The SL Aviation community is at SL12B as well as another flying group I had never heard of, Passengers of SL,

Inside the plane you can watch videos of flying in SL

Inside the plane you can watch videos of flying in SL

for those who wish to be flown, an interesting idea. For more information check here. Avatars who prefer to remain on the ground might find the motorcycle repair shop at “Freedom of the Road” more to their taste.

Freedom of the Road

Freedom of the Road

Inside the shop are posters linking to groups, events and places of interest to bikers in SL.

Surfers of SL

Surfers of SL

And although not precisely a form of transportation, there was a plot for the Surfers of SL.

1920s Berlin at SL12B

1920s Berlin at SL12B

Role playing is found throughout SL and there are quite a few groups in SL12B. The well known 1920’s Berlin by Jo Yardley has a very atmospheric display.

Aqualonde Castle

Aqualonde Castle

Another group called Aqualonde, invites the visitor to “enter the magic of a fantasy realm inspired by Tolkien” at a beautiful castle build.
Some exhibitors have created what I will describe as “artistic dream” plots. SL is a wonderful place to explore your artistic side, whether you came in as an artist or decided to give creative activities a try once you entered SL.

Wonder what the cat's dreams are?

Wonder what the cat’s dreams are?

One site is “Flying Dreams” ; a dome shaped building where you find yourself surrounded by flight-related artworks created by Grazietta Cazenove.

Dream or Nightmare?

Dream or Nightmare?

The second plot, “Dreaming” by Caro Fayray was like entering a surrealist dream

sl12b enchant dreaming by Caro  Fayray misty

(I guess you could argue all dreams are surrealistic).
sl12b metaphore_003

“Metaphore by Tutsy Navarathna”, a build by Harper Beresford, allows you to view a video “Metaphore”, which was the winner of the University of Western Australia 2014 MachinUWA VII award. It explores the “duplicity of nature and the nature of duplicity” and is based on a true story. It is definitely worth watching and I think all citizens of SL can relate to it in different ways.
sl12b sober journey_001

There are also informative or educational sites. I returned to the Astound sim, which I wrote about a couple of posts ago because I discovered another exhibitor I found to be of interest – Recovery Journey’s Sober Life by Nightbar Jewell. It has information on Alcoholic’s Anonymous, plus links, and from what I understand there are meetings in SL.

Whole Brain Health

Whole Brain Health

Another  educational build is “Whole Brain Health” which is packed with all sorts of information on how to maintain a healthy brain.

Happy Hunting - the hunts of SL

Happy Hunting – the hunts of SL

Also informative, in a different kind of way, is the “Happy Hunting” plot, about hunts that can be found around SL. “Happy Hunting” is also a TreetTV show.

Wisdomality

Wisdomality

And lastly there are “inspirational” builds such as “Wisdomality” by Yman Juran.

Light of Love

Light of Love

The names of the different sims reflect the experiences to be had : wonderous, astound, enchant, electrify, impressive, spectacular, stupendous, but for me the word that really encapsulates how I feel is overwhelmed.  There is so much creativity and energy to be found throughout SL.

An Exciting New Jazz Club Opening on Saturday

The Lounge - opening events

This coming Saturday, June 27, will see the opening of a new jazz club in SL. I was able to catch up with the owner, Xaphyre Ansar, the other day, to learn a little bit about the direction the club will take and get some information on the opening events and schedule.

Xaphyre Ansar

Xaphyre Ansar

Xaphyre describes “The Lounge” as “SL’s newest home for all true Jazzthusiasts. We welcome all lovers of the great genre that is Jazz in all it’s forms and sub-genres. From the classics (Basie, Coltrane, Gillespie, et al), to Bossa, World Fusion, Jazzanova, Swing, Electro-Swing, Funk, we love it and play it all! So come join us and find out what SL has been missing in this musical arena. An elegant and chic club with a chill atmosphere, to enjoy a romantic date at, or an evening of great music, lively conversation and great friends, and the drinks are always on us!”

Entering into the club

Entering into the club

” For our Grand Opening, we have prepared a fantastic lineup, not only of your favorite DJs but live performances as well by the fantastic Trowzer Boa, a live saxophonist who will be delighting us with a mix of his favorite Jazz covers as well as some of his own compositions. The events will be taking place throughout the day and through the evening, with the grand finale being DJ Xaph’s homage to the sultry and vogue days of old Havana, with her “Nights in Havana” set; you will not want to miss this spectacular Grand Finale to our inauguration day.”

View of the dance floor

View of the dance floor

“The Lounge” is very elegant, decorated in shades of blue with gold accents. There is a large dance floor, well stocked bar and comfortable seating both inside and outside on the terrace. The Grand Opening will be a formal affair, so get out your tuxes and gowns!

All types of jazz

All types of jazz

To find “The Lounge” click here. You can pick up a lm and notecard just outside the club or if you happen to be visiting my gallery, there is a notecard giver in there as well. It should be an exciting weekend, I hope to see you there.

Jazz greats

Jazz greats

A quiet spot on the terrace

A quiet spot on the terrace

Schedule of events

Saturday, June 27:

12-2 PM – DJ Speelo Snook

2-3 PM – Live Performance by Trowzer Boa (saxophonist)

3-5 PM – DJ Harry Hargreaves

5- Closing – DJ Xaph “Nights in Havana” Revue

Dn't worry, I won't be singing!

Dn’t worry, I won’t be singing!

Sunday, Jun 28th:

12- 2 PM – DJ Riff Gaffer

2- 4 PM – DJ Strider

4-6 PM – DJ John Nordic

Cheers to the new club

Cheers to the new club

Bonjour!

Bonjour!

The Lounge sign

You can find The Lounge on Facebook.