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.
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.
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.
Set in 19th Century Russia, it is the story of a young girl named Clara, who receives a nutcracker for Christmas.
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.
She eventually returns to her bedroom, not quite sure if her adventures were a dream or not.
I strongly recommend this performance for many reasons, but probably most importantly because it is an extremely enjoyable and remarkable experience.
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.