April, Friday the 13th 2018 Show

Here is a look at the show Friday the thirteenth. It was a bit of bad luck in that the lag sleen seemed to be affecting almost everyone, causing delays in the show. But the dedicated, professional team pushed through it, the show went on, and the spectacular acts were well-worth the wait. So much talent, so much imagination, what an honour to feature these performers on the Elysium stage! It is with great thanks to and gratitude for the many creative souls who work so hard to share their visions with others that I post this peek.

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Antonio
SONG: Blake McGrath – “Chains” Cover

If you can handle all this sexy…. *wipes drool from lips*


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Babypea
with Web, Jilley, Misha, Immy, BB, Gracie
SONG: Lapsley – Painter

A dance created as a gift for Web Sass.


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Wiz
SONG: Ursine Vulpine – Wicked Game

Wiz just loves to make me cry, and this dance was so full of emotion. The simplicity of the costume only highlighted the feeling of the choreography even more.


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Britt
with Web Sass, Jilley, Ginty (ginty bachem) and mrhien Fargis
SONG: Taylor Swift “Look What You Made Me Do”

All these sassy caged beauties, don’t be fooled! They are not as delicate as they appear!


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Misha
with Eva, Immy, Gracie, Si, Antonio and Diamonte
SONG: Christina Aguilera – Show Me How You Burlesque

Very exciting choreo and mover work on this one, fabulous Misha!


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Queenie
SONG: The Never-Ending Story

Absolutely enchanting, a performance full of magic on many levels from set to special effects to costume!


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Jilley
SONG: Under the Skin

This was spell-binding, very trippy, I must see this dance again. Matinee perhaps?


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Eva
Crowd Dances
Final Countdown
Stars Align
Major Tom

Sorry I did not get pictures of these because everyone was not rezzing for me, and I didn’t want to upset anyone by posting pics of floating heads. These dances were a BLAST, quite literally, as Eva provided us all with jet packs and blasted us off into the space of the stage. Up up up we went, dancing in the air with our jet packs, then landing and dancing some more. Thank you Eva for such a fun experience!

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A Word About Sliding

Well, a few words actually. Sliding is when your avatar is moving but your feet are not. Nine out of ten dancers surveyed agree, sliding looks bad. The occasional tiny slide can be overlooked, if it is fast and small and subtle. But sliding across a stage irritates most viewers and makes people feel disappointment. Why? I believe it is because sliding is considered by most to be sloppy and lazy. It yanks the viewer out of being caught up in the realism of a virtual performance, as though the dance is glitching. As a rule, it just does not look good. A dance gives a viewer so much more fulfilment when the dancer’s feet move as the dancer moves. It makes your dance look more natural and realistic.

How to avoid sliding? Time your animations and movers so that the movers are moving your avatar when the animations are moving your avatar’s feet. This gives your choreography a more natural appeal. It is time consuming and can be frustrating, but your effort and hard work will pay off with a more polished performance. You may need to change what animation you use when you want to move across the stage. You can even time it so that you stop dancing and instead walk across the stage by using a walking animation… or a run, somersault, or similar form of linear movement.

Tom Cruise made sliding look good because he got a running start and had momentum moving him along. Also, he was in his underwear and well… those thighs! Who is looking at his feet! But on the SL stage, slides often stand out glaringly, and unless being used on purpose for some special emphasis, should be avoided. What are your thoughts on sliding? Feel free to comment if you would like to share them.

Now is the time on Living in a Modem World when we dance…

FABULOUS article from R. Crap, have a read! All about dance in SL!!

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Hi. I’m R. Crap Mariner. I write things.

While Inara’s keeping busy in both Second Life and Sansar, I thought I’d share a bit about something that’s been keeping me busy for a while (No, it doesn’t have anything to do with a certain pirate who’s not a very good pirate).

For the past year or so, I’ve been obsessed with shooting photographs of the Second Life dance performance scene.

Guerilla Burlesque

A few months ago, I pinged Inara about an upcoming Monarchs full-sim dance show, but she was busy with some stuff, and she asked me if I could write something up about it. Being a professional writer, I did what came naturally: I dawdled and procrastinated, and I missed the deadline.

Yeah, I suck.

It All Begins at the Beginning…

I got an invitation to see a show by Guerilla Burlesque on the Idle Rogue region (okay, dozens of…

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Five Years

Friday, December 8th 2017 starting at 6pm SLT, Elysium celebrates five years of SL dance. We have managed to put on great shows every Friday for the past five years, with thanks to the generous souls who share their talent and imaginations with us each week. Thank you to all who have graced the Elysium stage, our regular members and our guests as well. And a huge thanks to our fabulous audience, who are such a huge part of our shows. Please join us for this very special show!

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Elysium Cabaret – September 29, 2017

Set 1: Babypea
with Gunner, Web, Shesa and Kyshra
Dropkick Murphys – I Had A Hat

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Set 2: Ariel
with Devlin
Taco- Putting on the Ritz

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Set 3: Luna
with Jozef

Ain’t no hat 4 that, by Robin Thicke

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Set 4: Devlin
Joe Cocker – You can Leave Your Hat on

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Set 5: Lulu
Korn – Coming Undone

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Set 6: Mikiko
Caro Emerald – That Man lyrics

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Set 7: Ame
with Fuki and Corri
Amy Winehouse – Trilby

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Set 8: Jilley
with Paul and Baby

Mr. President – Coco Jambo

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Set 9: Eva
with Everyone
1. Cat in the Hat song
2. Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
3. Carmen Miranda – The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat
4. Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance
5. Prince – Raspberry Beret

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Elysium Cabaret – September 22, 2017

You’ve locked yourself in the bathroom (again?) and a madman is turning the door into splinters with an axe. A head pokes through the jagged opening and ….. I’mmmmmm Baaaaaaaack. So this is my first attempt at reviewing the dances AND taking the pics. Please forgive me.        Starts humming along to “I Got a Feeling.”

Set 1: Babypea
with Web, Shesa and Gamma
Ke$ha – Take it Off

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WOW. What a great set to start off the night. The set was futuristic. Beautiful women in Sci-Fi attire dancing to a wicked beat. Ke$ha was telling us about a place she knows if you’re looking for a show. She obviously was referring to the Empire Room. In addition to glitter on the floor we have particles in the air.

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Set 2: Nara
Birth of Love – BrunuhVille

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Nara asked Gunner to announce that this was dedicated to one and only, Diawa. While Di has a special place in our hearts, she has a “special-er” place in Nara’s heart. Nara was dancing with her heart on her sleeve and all over her set. There were rainbows… and roses. There was no mistaking how special this was.

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Set 3: Eva
with Misha, Rose, Elayn, Nadi, Cowgrl and Zena

Paint it Black

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Eva painted the town red as she painted it black. Here you can see the blue “no-man” group joined her on stage. Great choreography and a slick set just made it just that much more fun. Fantastic.

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Set 4: Jilley
Gotan Project – Whatever Lola Wants

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It’s not just Nola who get’s what she wants. Jilley wanted our attention… and she got it! If you can tear your eyes away from Jilley’s stunning form for just a minute or two you would notice how well she moves that form around the dance floor, as well. Wonderful.

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Set 5: Wiz
Tilted – Christine and the Queens

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There’s a bit of a story behind this act, but let me summarize. I have a new body now and I wanted to show it off without stripping off completely. I also wanted to do a set that included some popping. When I discovered “Tilted” it all just came together and I enjoyed doing it. What do you think? Feel free to let me know in the comments below or directly.

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Set 6: In2UDeep
with Jericko Daines, Gent Resident, Shayna, Tray and Josephine Jinx
Fight – All Good Things

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In2UDeep transported us to a world of mystery, music, might and magic with a lifesize animated chessboard. With each confrontation the fight became “real” as the characters behind the pieces faced off in a head-to-head dance off.  Magical.

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Set 7: Lina
with Josephine Jinx

Wicked Way – Imelda May

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Lina brought us into her fantastically textured and lighted world and taught us all how to do the reflection dance, perfectly. All while turning up the heat. I don’t think I am alone in hoping for some additional lessons after school. Amazing.

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Set 8: Eva
with Everyone
Splish Splash
Soaped Out – Twenty-one Pilots .v Melanie Martinez (mashup)
Wet – Nicole Scherzinger

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Eva set the mood and the tone with her tunes and moves as we asked the audience to join us on stage. One would think that a nice relaxing soak in a giant tub would help us recover from all the heat and sweat generated by tonight’s performances. However, when you add 40 or so of your friends and some are barely dressed while others are covered in bubbles and soap suds, the lines between “clean” and “dirty” start to blur.

Thanks you for joining us for another fantastic Show.

 

Elysium Cabaret – September 15th, 2017

The following pics were taken by Babypea, but if you want to see really GOOD pics, check out Crap Mariner’s Flicker:

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This week’s review was penned by me, Wiz Nirvana. I was sitting at my computer, so to be honest, no pens were involved. DJ Gunner had the audience literally “dancing in their seats” while waiting for the show to start. This could have been due partly to the fact that free booze was flowing at the bar and that The Empire Room hasn’t had an operational restroom since it was built over 5 years ago. Spinning tunes like Frozen by Celldweller and Madness by Muse also helped.

Set 1: Jo
with Seb
The Chairman’s Waltz

Snapshot_005Among the gently cascading cherry blossom petals and the totally mesmerizing music, “The Chairman’s Waltz” from the “Memoirs of a Geisha” Soundtrack, Jo, our little geisha-in-training evolves before our eyes. Her dance also caught the attention of Seb, as the Chairman, before culminating in a sensual duet. The music, dance and set combined beautifully. Stunning.

Note: The soundtrack was performed by the best of the best (John Williams, pianist; Itzhak Perlman, violinist; and Yo Yo Ma, Cellist.)

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Set 2: Corri
with Ame

Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon

Snapshot_009Corri and Ame strolled onto the dance floor like they were born to get together. While the music played, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon, the lights flashed and the speakers pulsed and everyone wanted to stand up and dance with them. I would be typing this a bit faster but they took my arm… I don’t know how it happened. A fantastic dance song and a fantastic dance.

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Set 3: Ariel
God Bless the USA – Home Free

Snapshot_011Sitting on a bench in a peaceful park, Ariel reflects on those lost on 9/11. While Home Free sings their version of “God Bless the USA”, thoughts turn into dance as she celebrates those who survived and those who continue to protect our freedom daily. A touching tribute and a wonderful dance. Thank you, Ariel.

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Set 4: Misha
with Eva, Delaney, Paul, Tristan and Tray
Down with the Sickness – Disturbed

Snapshot_015OH WA AH AH AH! At the end of a dark, bloody and littered alley (Is that a corpse I see?), Misha and friends turn up the tunes and are moved by the rhythmic tribal beats of Disturbed’s “Down with the Sickness”. Not often do we see this much energy and feeling transformed to dance. There was heat and smoke on the stage long before the pyrotechnics began. Wow.

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Set 5: Ame
with Babypea and Kyshra
Partition – Beyonce

Snapshot_030When the curtain opened and the beat dropped, so did our collective jaws. Ame was center stage, seductively gyrating in a strap dress. It wasn’t long before she was … strapless. If you could pull your eyes back into their sockets long enough you might have noticed she was accompanied on stage by Babypea and Kyshra. I’m not sure why, but there was probably a good reason they were in cages. With the dancing and Yoncé, there was so much HOT, I’m sure we violated a few Fire Codes. Now we need some Lemonade.

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Set 6: Babypea
with Web, Gunner, Tif and Fuki
Train Train – Lynda Carter

Snapshot_034Set in a mysterious train station we were hit by the “boogie woogie” vibe of Lynda Carter’s, Train Train. The women were decked out in pseudo-military mini dresses and Gunner didn’t know how to conduct himself. This was a fun and uplifting dance and I’m sure the entire audience was dancing in their seats or at least tapping their toes. Wonderful!

Note: The song is on the original game soundtrack for Fallout 4, available on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Set 7: Jilley
Draconian Dreams – Audiomachine

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The gloomy Gothic structure loomed above us, fully ablaze, as Jilley calmly walks out, displaying her own fire and heat exceeds that of her surroundings. Dragons fill the sky as the aggressive drums fill our senses. She is not phased as she commands our attention and the obedience of the dragons. Epic!

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Set 8: Lina
with Everyone
Liquor Store – Devil Doll
Rockabilly Rules – the Stray Cats
You Me and the Bottle make Three – Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy

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I believe this was Lina’s first crowd dance, but you couldn’t tell. The Hot Rod themed Diner with a larger-than-life jukebox was fun and nicely put together. The song choices and dances were equally entertaining. I’m sure we’ll see more of her in this arena. The audience, as well as I, wanted more!

Elysium – September 8th 2017

More pics of this show found on Crap Mariner’s Flicker, thank you Crap:

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Act 1: Jilley
with Paul
I’ll See You Again – Westlife

Jilley’s moving tribute to all those lost on 9-11.  She danced remembering someone she lost, and then he was there with her, dancing in spirit.  Even though he is gone as she kneels by his grave, the song sings how she feels him walking beside her.  This deeply touching, most beautiful dance had many watching with vision blurred by tears.

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Act 2: Mikiko
Dinah Washington – Me And My Gin

Elysium’s newest choreographer dazzles and WOWs the audience with a super sexy dance complete with stylish set and eye-catching lighting.  So hawt no nudity needed.  WOWZA that costume!!

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Act 3: Lina
with Paul, Adam, Ray, Queenie, Ariel, Josie Corri and Gracie
Song I Want Your Sex – George Micheal

The gals and the guys sexying up the stage… mega HAWT, sexy costumes, smart set design and fabulous choreo plus great mover work… WOW LINA!  Lots of texture changes, gals in cages, and uber sexeh!

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Act 4: Gunner
with Baby, Kyshra, Fuki and Web
Kings of Leon – Closer

Very creepy cool!  He suffers and endures as the ghouls get closer and closer, the walls of the tomb closing in on him!  Tons of exceptional mover work in this dance, with moving walls and props plus the ghouls starting in the audience and creeping up onto the stage.

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Act 5: Lulu
SIA – Chandelier

An absolutely gorgeous mirrored set that has to be seen to be believed, and our LuLu dancing in a chandelier… what a brilliant dance!  I love the colour scheme, pinks and purple pastels with crystal and gold.

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Act 6: Babypea and Web
with Jilley
Christina Aguilera – Desnudate

The girls lost their clothes after surviving a plane crash in the jungle… but never fear!  They found leaves to wear!

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Act 7: Kyshra
with Gunner
Don’t Fear the Reaper

Kyshra danced an exquisite ballet with the reaper.  It was a glorious and oddly erotic even though no clothes came off.  The choreo was mesmerising as was the version of the song.  Very haunting.

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Act 8: Jilley
with EVERYONE!

Our cherished FRAMS (Friends and Family) joined us on stage to be danced by JILLEY for some audience participation fun!  Thank you Jilley!
Scatman John – Everybody Jam!
Steps – 5, 6, 7, 8
Vengaboys – We like to Party!

Elysium – September 1, 2017

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Act 1: Babypea
Lynda Carter – I’m the One You’re Looking For
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Act 2: Devlin with Ariel
Prince – Blue Light
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Act 3: In2Udeep with Jericko Daines, Nara1, Diawa Bellic, Sebastian Bourne and Gent
Gloria Estafan, Conga
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Act 4: Luna with Misha, Jorgio, Josef and Cowgirl
Charleston Music for DC
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Act 6: Jilley with Paul, Beebs, Pan and Winnie
Fatboy Slim – Weapon Of Choice
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Act 7: Diawa with Nara
Satisfy
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Act 8: Ame      Crowd Dances

Alice Deejay – Better Off Alone (Radio Mix)
Paul Johnson – Get Get Down (Radio Mix)
Perpetual Motion – Keep On Dancin’ (Let’s Go) (Radio Mix)

Photo Credit: R. Crap Mariner

 

Elysium Matinee – August 26, 2017

Act 1: Diddy with Hbomb Woodford, Saronda jewell, Arabella Lunious, Paul Woodrunner and Melvis Baun
Aerowsmith-Walk This Way
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Act 2: Jilley with Gracie, Web, Ariel and Alexis
Pseudo Echo – Funkytown
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Act 3: Misha with Immy, Eva, Si, Tray and Paul
Indigo Swing – Hot in Harlem
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Act 4: Mikiko
You Can Leave Your Hat On – Tom Jones
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Act 5: Ness
Rondo Veneziano – Magica Mélodia
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Act 6: Taema with Kyser, Nadi, Dakota and Ray
I will survive by Gloria Gaynor
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Act 7: Babypea with Gunner
Sam Kinison – Wild Thing