Elysium * It’s Almost the Weekend!

All cultures unite, communicating through the universal language of dance… no interpreters required! The last Friday of each month is Elysium’s monthly themed show. This month, the theme is: songs with non-English lyrics. Sounds like fun! Thank you to Taema and Kyser of Mynx Dancers for sharing a peek at the dance they will be performing to a song sung in French.

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August 24th 2018 Show

I decided I needed a rest. I needed to shut down for a while, rebuild my mojo. Remove the static that had infiltrated my orbit. So I decided to treat myself to a full day of ignoring everyone and everything. I cannot tell you how freeing it is to ignore everything and everyone that attempt to affect your synapses.

I have always wished real life had a mute button. It could be the secret to bringing about world peace. I remember the time in real life, I was sleeping deeply, and my former sister-in-law called in, unannounced.

*Aussie English Language Mutation Alert (AELMA): ‘Calling in’ is what the Americans would say as, ‘Stopping by’. Get Down Under and learn yer Aussie, dammit!*

Which begs the question, did the Aussies mutate the English language or did the Americans? How can we know for sure?! I think this requires a bit of recon to identify the facts and expose the truth. Is this a ‘chicken or egg’ thing? I think not, because neither the chicken nor the egg came first, the English came first. I personally can’t be bothered investigating this quandry, I just finished school and don’t want to do anymore research ever again for the rest of my life. Besides, I like blaming the Aussies for things. They have better senses of humor. Americans live too close to Canada. Between the Canadians hating on them and the neighbors down south pissed about the proposed wall, Americans are too tense. Everyone should be like Australia: No neighbors, no neighbors, fa-la-la la-la laaaaaaaaaah.

We all know one fact for sure: England is the mother of all chickens and eggs world-wide, therefore, everything is England’s fault sooner or later. If something is wrong, blame it on bad parenting! Including the mutilation of the English language.

Am I going to be lynched yet? Oh I hope so, I think it would be jolly good fun!

Did you know ‘quandry’ is actually spelled ‘quandary’? I looked it up. All these years, I have been mispronouncing it. Right along with ‘Febuary’. Who would have known there is an ‘r’ between the ‘b’ and the ‘u’. Though in my family, we always removed some ‘r’s but added some in other words. For example, we always said ‘warsh’ as in, ‘I am going to warsh my car.’ You might be able to tell, my family is from Maryland, in the USA. Marylanders warsh things. My family loved the Warshington Redskins. They like to add ‘r’s where there weren’t any and take them out from where they were. Just like the Aussies! OMG maybe they are related?! A lot of dialects of the English language do seem to have issues with the letter ‘r’. I think that means ‘r’ is very powerful. Or as they say in the Land Down Unda, powaful.

Anyone up for a lynching? But I’m only kidding. Or, I’m right and you know it.

Hmmm. It would seem I have digressed. Well, never mind. I am out of time for this post. I will tell what happened with my Ignores Everyone and Everything Day next week. Meanwhile, enjoy a look back at Elysium’s show earlier tonight. It was fabulous. DJ Gunner was on top of the music, and the music was moaning in ecstasy. Paul and Jilley were greeting guests with glasses of bubbly on the house. The Wiz was backstage whipping all the dancers into place with a feather duster. Then it was WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND and The Black Eyed Peas (no relation) were singing, “I Gotta Feeling,” and the curtain was opening….

This is what the audience saw:
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Dear
Sara Bareilles – She Used To Be Mine

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
It tells a story of how life is. The twist and turns and how things don’t always go according to our plan.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Choosing the scenes to tell the story, it starts when being a child and ends in an attic of memories.

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Adam
with Bella
SELAHPHONIC – Ghosts of 1999


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Sarah
with Ginty Bachem
2WEI – Toxic (Epic Trailer Cover – Powerful Trailer Music

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
The inspiration to Toxic was mostly the way the song was reshaped and done, the elements of the floor and the aliens were to add elements that are not really seen.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Timing was the most critical element in this one to make the floor change colours with the bass hits tho not always on que but 80% ontime.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
This dance was more fun than it was with meaning.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Keep reaching up higher and higher those little gold stars are out there!.

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Hallie
with Antonio
FKA Twigs – Two Weeks

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I chose this song because I wanted something sexy and unusual to fit with the theme of my set. I had heard this song a while ago and FKA Twigs is kinda unique so I loved it straight away.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Working with couples animations! Baring in mind that this was only my third set and everything was a learning curve but I did learn a lot.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
I made this set for Antonio for his birthday. He had previously made a vampire inspired set himself and knowing he loves that genre I was inspired to create the set based around that theme. It was my way of expressing how much he means to me. (He is pretty damn special, you know but shhh don’t tell him I said that, I don’t want him getting too cocky!)

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
If you have watched Queen of the Damned then you will have an idea where my inspiration came from. The song I am using is not from the movie but fits perfectly with the theme. I hope you all enjoy it!

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Gracie
The Pointer Sisters – Slow Hand


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Mikiko
Hannibal & Will- Gasoline

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I love Horror movies and pretty much anything to do with horror lol. Hannibal was one of my fav series.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
None really it was so much fun to build!

3. What does this dance mean to you?
Oh just pure fun with the wings instead of arms and the whole creepy fun effect.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Just that anything with HORROR ROCKS!!!!!

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Jilley
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – If I Tell You I Love You

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I did this dance originally for The Burlesque Dolls, I really love this song and the beat.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
No challenges were harmed in the making of the this dance.

3. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
You got an added bonus ….. I got to show off my knockers and ass! I was going to say thats like winning the lottery, but you have seen all my bits before …smirks.

4. How do you feel about Babypea’s ass? Any devotions you wish to publicly express?
I swear Pea’s ass is getting bigger…just saying! Pass dem chips and gravy woman!
*sits and thinks OMG she knows me in real life*

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Lina
with Everyone

Liquor store, Devil Doll

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I chose these song to celebrate rockabilly and some of my favorite songs to dance to.

Rockabilly Rules, Stray Cats

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Choosing the animations for this was a little complicated, with three songs I did not want to repeat animations.

You me and the bottle makes 3, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy


3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Pure fun nothing deep just a good time.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
No, I am only filling this out for fear that baby will fill it out for me, and she scares me.

Aren’t Sammy and Cannon adorable and so stylish!

Lovefest 2018 We Had a Blast

The lag was a bitch but we trucked through it and everyone was pumped. We had a great time. Here are some pics from a truly amazing show. We probed, explored, went deeper, reached farther… and without any lube or rubber gloves. We had an adventure and have the scars to prove it! SOCO I AM STILL SHOCKED! And more than a little proud *wipes a tear away from one eye* now if I can lure you into full frontal nudity. Big thank you to MISS AME for jumping in and DJing for us at the last minute! I love you Ame and Zach. A lot. Enough to be a thruple.

Check out this fab show!

Jilley
with Paul
I Put a Spell on you – Marilyn Manson

Pea
Hate With a Smile

Vanity
with Seb
Murder

SoCo
with Seb, Tray, Niecho
Evening In Space: Daphne Guinness

Elayn
with Ender
Bernadette by IAMX

Lina
Ruelle, Madness

Bella and Adam
with Sammy
HP Lovecraft – At The Mountains Of Madness

Antonio
with Haillie, Seb, Gunner, Pea, Jilley and Someone (Lina? IM me and tell me)
Beautiful people district 89 version

It’s TONIGHT! Come Get Re-animated!

Time to get beamed up and have your imagination probed at Lovecraft Festival 2018! Elysium Cabaret takes the stage in this celebration of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Where are they taking you? Someplace unusual, with acts inspired by the legendary writer. If you enjoy the sexy-strange, unusual, or bizarre, hop on over and prepare to be probed, figuratively speaking. Adults only please! Things are about to get weird.

Tuesday, August 21st at 7pm SLT

Your Portal:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ravenheart/128/203/52

August 17th 2018 Show

I sat huddled around the small fire that burned in the rock circle, pulling the shabby plaid woolen blanket more tightly around my humped over shoulders. A faded pink floral quilt lay across my legs. I closed my eyes and tried to curl the fingers of my right hand into my left for warmth. They felt like ice sticks.

I felt a sudden warm spot behind me where something was blocking the draft from the open mouth of the cave wherein I dwelt. Sniffing, I caught the strong wind of stale sweat masked with Gucci Guilty Eau Pour Homme cologne. Whoever it was, it was no friend of mine. Wrinkling my nose, I raised the shotgun that I kept resting across my lap at all times and pointed it back over my shoulder, tilting my head away from it as I pulled the trigger. I heard a thud behind me as the raider hit the stone ground in a lifeless puddle of human waste. Glancing back, I frowned at the mess. “BILLY” I yelled, “Come clean this up! And bring me some coke with ice in it. Move it, lardass!”

Of course, that is bullshit, for if I actually did fire off a shotgun that close to my ear with one hand even aiming backwards, I’d prolly be in rather bad shape myself. But this is my reality, where I can do what I want, and in my reality, I indeed dropped that raider with one hand and no harm to myself. Because in my reality, I’m cool like that.

Billy toddled up with a delicate porcelain pink tea cup. Inside was coke with broken bits of icicle. That was the only ice we could get. We lived in a cave, there was no frig, no freezer. And yes yes I know ‘frig’ is not a word. Piss off. This is my reality! In my reality, nothing has to make sense and I never have to explain anything. And in my reality, ‘frig’ is a perfectly good word. *runs to look it up* Well I’ll be dipped in batter and deep-fried, it is a word *just looks incredulous* this is not what I had in mind:

frig1
frɪɡ/Submit
vulgar slang

verb
verb: frig; 3rd person present: frigs; past tense: frigged; past participle: frigged; gerund or present participle: frigging
1. have sexual intercourse with.
masturbate.

noun
noun: frig; plural noun: frigs
1. an act of sexual intercourse or masturbation.

exclamation
exclamation: frig
1. expressing anger, annoyance, or contempt.

Origin
late Middle English: of unknown origin. The original sense was ‘move restlessly, wriggle’, later ‘rub, chafe’, hence ‘masturbate’ (late 17th century).

So what do we know, ‘frigging’ is a real word. I thought Australians made it up. Australians have their own language, founded in English, but it is not really English anymore. What they did was, they took the English language, ripped all the feathers off it, rearranged all its parts, then dipped it in beer, rolled it in grit, and deep-fried it. Once it had that golden brown sheen, they placed a mortarboard on it’s head, handed it a laser pointer and sent it out to confuse the rest of the English-speaking world.

Okay, just unsee that entire part of this story. ‘Unsee’ is another word that exists in my reality, don’t make me look it up! Refrigerator. There. You made me type it out. We had no refrigerator or freezer. Because we lived in a cave. I gave the cup of coke a glance then looked at Billy who was kneeling down with bowed head, terrified of making eye contact with my haggard self. I was a grizzled old woman with a personality to match. But this time, I was almost nice to him.

“I was only joking. I don’t want coke with ice. I want a coffee with Baileys! You should know that, dummy, it’s freezing in this cave!” I waved him away with the sweep of a dismissive hand.

We had it rough, having had to move into a rock cave in the side of a mountain after our house and city were destroyed in the apocalypse. We did manage to bring a few comforts with us, but amenities were sparse. We got by as best we could. Coffee and Baileys helped heaps.

I rose and trudged over to a chair on the other side of the fire. Sitting down, I tilted my head back a bit as pale, blood-shot eyes scanned the computer monitor in front of me. Ahhhhhhhhhhh, there it was, the Elysium stage in The Empire Room on Copperhead Road sim. And there was that hunk of a DJ, Gunner von Phoenix playing some of my favourite tunes. I heard Paul call out, “Welcome to the Weekend!” He was standing with Jilley greeting guests as they came through the door….

I smiled.

I leaned back, ready to enjoy the show as Wiz began the introduction. Billy appeared at my side with a coffee that smelled amazing, steam rising with the sweetness of a bit of Baileys to warm my blood. I reached for my tweezers and began absentmindedly plucking out my chin hairs as I watched the show.

I nodded. Life was harsh, but at least we still had internet.

Like I said, my reality.

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Jilley
with Paul, Pea and Ant
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Jumpin’ Jack


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Luna
with Carol, Spice, ŻєŃα and Syykyr
Nakita , by Elton John

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I understand how one gets caught up in life’s choices. One dose not want to be there but finds themselves in too deep.

2. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Nikita, a young woman who was rescued from death row by a secret government agency known as Division. Division faked Nikita’s execution, giving her a chance to start a new life and serve her country. At least, that’s what she is told. In reality, she is trained to be a spy and assassin. After three years in hiding, Nikita seeks retribution against her former bosses who deceived her and does everything she can to expose and destroy Division’s covert operation, even as Division continues recruiting and training other young people to become cold-blooded killers.

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Simi
Devil Woman by Cliff Richards


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Wiz
Ursine Vulpine – Wicked Game


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Lina
with Jilley, Baby, Josie, Nara
ZZ Ward , Criminal


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Antonio
with Hailie
Moves like Jagger Adam Levine and Christina Aguliera

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to?
It was part of a body parts challenge, and I’ve always like the song.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Sorting the lips out once I came up with the idea to have them open at the start of the number.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It’s just a bit of fun, It was a good way to branch out and tinker a bit, the lips and mouth were fun for me, and having myself an Hailie walk down tongues.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Not really was just fun to work on, a lot of it came about by being bored at work, and I escape by planning my sets there.

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Nara
Ride a White Horse by Goldfrapp


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Babypea
Ladytron – Black Cat

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I’ve been sitting on this song for ages because it is so weird. I finally decided it would be perfect for a Lovecraft Festival act, so I decided to use it for Lovefest 2018.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
I bring a giant leech in from the back of the stage towards the end of the dance. Unfortunately, the Lovefest stage is butted right against the edge of the sim. Thus, my prop would not rez because it was rezzing off sim. I tried to make the leech smaller, considered other ways to bring it in, but none of this worked. So I had to pull this act from Elysium’s Lovefest lineup. Was a bummer, but I can still do it at venues that allow space around their venues so that mad people can rez mad sets.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It’s just a bit of fun, enjoying the weird and the silly. I don’t take this stuff too seriously, my focus is more on having fun with it. I know which fork to use first, but I ENJOY eating with my fingers and playing with my food. Don’t you wish you were on the menu? *triple reverse snorts with a backwards twirl*

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
SexyS Quintessa made the leech in my dance… her first mesh that she uploaded to SL!! Thanks SexySssssssssssss…. She is my baby mama, BTW.

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Eva
Crowd Dances

Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Closer to the Edge”

Queen – Flash (Official Video)

Rick Springfield – Human Touch

Thank You, From Jill Robinson and Animals Asia Foundation

Wanted to share this. I did a screenshot of the email but it was too small to read once posted to the blog, so I copy/pasted it below and then included the screenshot. I blocked out my middle and last name to protect my own privacy. Thank you again to everyone who participated with Elysium Dances for the Bears.

The email said:

Please accept our heartfelt thanks for supporting our projects. Your kind donation will go directly to helping our animal welfare initiatives in Asia.

End Bear Bile Farming: The barbaric bear bile trade sees over 10,000 bears – mainly moon bears but also sun bears and brown bears – kept on bile farms in China, and around 1200 in Vietnam. Most farmed bears are kept in tiny cages for up to 30 years. Animals Asia works to end this cruel practice, which continues despite the availability of effective and affordable herbal and synthetic alternatives.

Cat and Dog Welfare: Through our Cat and Dog Welfare programme, we work to end the trade in dogs and cats for food in China, and lobby to improve the welfare of companion animals and promote humane population management.

Captive Animal Welfare: Through our Captive Animal Welfare programme, we work to end abusive practices such as circus-style animal performances, feeding live prey to predators for the amusement of audiences, and using wild animals as photographic props. We also provide training to improve animal management and veterinary skills, and work to increase awareness of the welfare needs of captive animals.

We are happy to enclose your official receipt. Again, thank you for your generosity – the support of donors like you is crucial for helping us continue with our work.

To stay informed about our work, please visit our website, which is packed with information on all of our projects. You can also keep up to date via my blog, or our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

From all of us at the Animals Asia team, our grateful thanks and appreciation.

With enormous bear hugs,

Jill Robinson

Animals Asia, Founder and CEO

Andy’s Video of the Bears Show

Thank you Andy for this.  Please pardon my typo on the NC about the bears, I triple checked it but I guess it says 5600 bears have been rescued… it was 500, and last count I heard was 600, and I think I missed deleting the 5 when I was changing it to a 6.  So I apologise for that.  You can always check the Animals Asia Foundation website to get any updates on the bears that have been rescued.

https://www.animalsasia.org

Here is the video of the show, again with my thanks to all who participated:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXj-gPleWpI&t=10s

 

Elysium Danced for the Bears

Thank you to everyone who participated in any way with Elysium’s fundraiser show today. Thank you to all who choreographed, danced, donated, helped with the busy details behind the scenes, or helped spread the word about Animals Asia Foundation.  Thank you DJ Gunner and Paul Woodrunner for hosting and helping to promote.  Thank you to Web for helping to promote and for so much more.  We raised what converted into 300 AUD for the bears, and it has been sent to AAF.

Here are some pictures from the show.

Ame – Earth Song

Taema with Ame, Pea, Web, and Kelly – Jungle Jive

Seb with Gunner, Kyser, and Antonio – Can’t Be Tamed

Panda – While My Guitar Gently Weeps by Regina Spektor

Antonio with Hailie, Seb, Pea, and Miss Amekins – Derek Hough – ‘Kairos’ Ft. Lindsey Stirling | Official Music Video

BabyPea/Web with Web and Panda – AURORA – Through The Eyes Of a Child

Kyser and Taema – Cat people

Babypea – Turin Brakes – Save You

https://my.animalsasia.org

Here is copy of receipt for payment made, I did top it up a tiny bit to make it an even 300 AUD, and I also blacked out my personal details because well I am not posting my address and phone number on the net.  I have too many *fans* and well, don’t need the attention.  And yes, I am being facetious with ‘fans’ LOL! But if anyone wants proof of payment for their records, there it be: