Welcome to the Weekend! Jan 25th City Heat theme show!

city heat theme poster - elysium

If it’s Friday, it’s Elysium Cabaret! Fancy some imagination in a fun social setting? In The Empire Room at Copperhead Road, every Friday at 6pm SLT the dynamic performers of Elysium Cabaret take the stage to bring you a solid hour of entertainment! Featuring elaborate sets, stunning costumes and choreography sequenced to an eclectic genre of music, Elysium Cabaret offers something for everyone.

Grab your friends and get there early because the sim fills. Come celebrate Friday!

We also offer a ‘best of the past month’ matinèe the last Saturday of every month at 1pm SLT, for our friends who can’t make it to our Friday evening shows. See you there!

This week’s show features:

  • Babypea
  • Mikiko
  • Hailie
  • Antonio
  • Taema
  • Lina
  • Jilley
  • and Eva on crowd dances.
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Ready Set GO!!!!

This year December 7th marks six years of Elysium Cabaret. I need for each Elysium dancer and/or choreographer to pass me four of your fave dance pics of YOU on stage at Elysium. EVERYONE, whether it was your dance or someone else’s that you were dancing in. Even if you are not currently active. This includes DJs. ANYONE who is or has ever been an Elysium dancer, choreographer, or staff member. If you do not pass me four pics of yourself on stage at E, then you risk feeling excluded come the Anniversary celebration. And I will consider you narrowly. So send me pics!
Label them with your name and numbered. Ready Set GO!

Cheers,

Pea

I am WAITing for PICS!

Welcome to The Weekend! Oct 12th Show!

Elysium Cabaret October 12th 2018 Show

If it’s Friday, it’s Elysium Cabaret! Fancy some imagination? In The Empire Room at Copperhead Road, every Friday at 6pm SLT the dynamic performers of Elysium Cabaret take the stage to bring you a solid hour of entertainment! 

Featuring Choreographers:

  • Wiz
  • Eva
  • Dear
  • Ariel
  • Bella
  • Sarah
  • Alexis
  • Denyaii
  • Babypea

Featuring elaborate sets and choreography sequenced to an eclectic genre of music, Elysium Cabaret offers something for everyone. Grab your friends and get their early because the sim fills. 

Come celebrate Friday! Welcome to the weekend! 

Here’s a Ride right to the show!

Coming Friday, October 5th to Elysium Cabaret!


It’s the sultry elegance of Lina, along with:

Alexis, Simi, Luna, Dear, Adam, Jilley, Antonio, Diawa, and Syykyr

This Friday, Alexis returns to The Empire Room after a small break… will be good to have her back on the Elysium stage! Also, it is the debut performance of Syykyr. Come out and let’s give her a warm, encouraging welcome to the intoxicating world of Second Life dance!

If it’s Friday, it’s Elysium Cabaret! Fancy some imagination? In The Empire Room at Copperhead Road, every Friday at 6pm SLT the dynamic performers of Elysium Cabaret take the stage to bring you a solid hour of entertainment! Featuring elaborate sets and choreography sequenced to an eclectic genre of music, Elysium Cabaret offers something for everyone. Grab your friends and get their early because the sim fills. Come celebrate Friday! Welcome to the weekend!

We also offer a ‘best of the past month’ matinèe the last Saturday of every month at 1pm SLT, for our friends who can’t make it to our Friday evening shows. See you there!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Copperhead%20Road/74/64/2754

Welcome to the Weekend!

September 14th 2018 Poster

Music – Movement – Creation – Joy – Friendship

Elysium Cabaret takes you there every Friday at 6pm SLT.  Let your imagination come out to play!  In The Empire Room at Copperhead Road, we strive to bring you an eclectic mix of music genres, dance styles, elaborate staging and dazzling costumes.  At the end of our shows, we invite you on stage to dance with us and celebrate the simple joy of dance!  Welcome to the weekend!

The Friday, September 14th:

  • Babypea
  • Jilley
  • Melvis
  • Nara
  • Gracie
  • Misha
  • Luna
  • Ariel

and Lina on crowd dances!

August 31st 2018 Show

I sat at the top of the massive hill overlooking the vast expanse of desert stretching out to kiss the horizon in every direction. To the west were the great limestone canyons, gray and white with fossilised coral formations, the ground resembling snow due to a heavy layer of alkali powder from the days when this region was covered with salt water. To the east were the dunes, mile after mile of sandy beige ripples disturbed only by the occasional mighty dust devil.

I was heading north, into the red rock canyon, a layered formation born of younger rock, iron-rich sandstone pitted with great holes and seated on petrified mudslides and pools of crimson sand. Not much in the way of plant life since water had dried up years ago and the wind had blown away any clay so the ground would not absorb water even if it did rain. But the rock sculpture was certainly a testimony to the creative license of nature, a tribute to heat and pressure, time, and the natural elements of wind and rain. What a celebration of non-organic life!

But I was not supposed to be impressed. In the roar of an engine, I had lost everything. Thus I was doomed to be a loner, stoic and taking no joy in anything ever again other than my car.

I eased off the clutch and pressed the pedal to the metal of the Magnum Opus, her powerful V8 engine roaring as I laid wide tires into the sand, almost vaulting down the hill into the arms of the desert valley, leaving a cloud of dust in my wake. I heard Chumbucket yell out, “We’re airborne! My Angel has spread her wings!” He was my black finger, my mechanic, who rode with me everywhere I went and kept the Magnum Opus’s motor running. My car was a legend. She had a 1973 Ford XB Falcon body called the Wild Hunt. She was fully armored with border spikes, spiked rims on the tires, ramming grill, quad nitro boost, side burners… plus built in sniper rifle, harpoon and thunderpoon. She was a mobile arsenal. In the great wastelands, I was a force to be feared and revered.

Oh I made a rhyme!

Chum rode in the back of our angel. It was like a Ute. For Americans, think of an El Camino. It was like that. Only armored and with roller bars and stuff. And it was steel in colour but looked silver in the sunlight, with chrome decals that changed hue in changing light. It was fierce.

We were blazing across the valley when I heard Chum call out, “Here they come, the roadkill scum!” Ouu, Chum made a rhyme! Damn, I wasn’t in the mood to deal with those roadkill idiots. I was on one of those long journeys inside my head and couldn’t be bothered with shaking them off. But I was well enough to drive. I did attempt to outrun them, a shot of nitrous blasting the Magnum Opus forward across a ravine. But my trail of dust betrayed my position and they stayed on me. Three scrapalapa armored cars. “Chum, thunderpoon,” I yelled. He was on it, holstering the big launcher onto a shoulder as I hit the breaks, slowing down enough to allow one of the cars to get along side me, and then BOOM! The car exploded into a billion shards of metal, which meant more scrap for me. “PRAISE BE,” Chum cried, “We win again!” Woot!

The second car was banging into my bumper. I served left then gave my engine a big swig of nitrous and burst forward a good ways, spinning around in a burnout of sand, grit and smoke. “Harpoon,” I yelled. I stepped on it, bolting forward straight at the second car, then swerved to the right as Chum locked the harpoon’s scope onto the front left tire of the enemy and BANG with the pull of a trigger, a harpoon shot out and latched on. The click of a button and the tire was ripped right off, rendering the vehicle uncontrollable. Chum and I pointed and laughed as we watched the second car swagger to a stop. The drive hopped out of his car. I did a 180 and headed back for him.

I popped out of my car and ran up to the driver, not waiting for him to throw the first punch. I socked him in the jaw then decided I didn’t have all day to stand around duking it out with this wastelander infidel, so I pulled out my shotgun and blasted him into eternity. And here came the third car.

The driver stopped the car, jumping out and I could see he was wanting a proper fist fight. Did I mention I couldn’t be bothered? So I hopped into his car, hit the gas, and ran him over. Easy peasy!

“Victory is ours” Chum cried triumphantly.

I settled back behind the wheel of the Magnum Opus. Chum said, “I don’t mean to question your saintly methods, but the Angel requires we continue with our holy mission.”

I revved her engine. “Aye, Chum, we must. The show is starting soon! We can’t be late or the sim will fill.” I pointed us in the direction of Copperhead Road, and we spun out for The Empire Room to enjoy another great show from Elysium Cabaret. Paul would be waiting to greet us, DJ Gunner would be spinning tunes warming up the crowd, and Wiz would be patrolling the dressing rooms making sure all the dancers and choreographers were ready. “Just think, Chum, pretty soon we will be drinking champagne and eating cracked crab… a far cry from water and Dinki Di dog food! But you know, Jilley’s probably going to make us take showers and put on clean clothes before she lets us in.”

I hit the nitrous one more time to give us a jump since we were running a bit late by now. Chum pounded the roof of the car. He cried out with excitement, “Welcome to the weekend!”
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Jilley
with Gracie and Sammy
Evgeny Mikhailovich Belyaev – Kalinka


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Eva
with Cowgrl, Nadi, Victory, Zena, Aspen, Niecho, Tristan,
Cirque Du Soleil – Alegria

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I honestly didn’t remember signing up for the foreign language songs theme – but here I am! Alegria, a song from Cirque, has always been the essence of my dance imagination. A little bit of magic, a little bit if quirkiness, a little bit of excitement the unexpected, and a whole lot of fun!

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
The costumes kicked in my OCD! They had to be “just right” with that cirque yet sexy feel. I now own 20 different pairs of tights, leggings, underwear, and shoes…and my linden bank account is much lower…

3. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
Sometimes you have to step away from the scissors and glitter!

Truly, I couldn’t do this without those who dance with me. Their preparation, patience, keeping spirits up, and keeping me calm and smiling. They are as much of this as I am.

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Luna
with Carol, Aspen, Gracie and Kelly
Maria, by Ricky Martin


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Taema
Cafe Bleu by Soha


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Jo
with Seb, Tray, Melvis, Cael, Nara, Eva and SoCo
Non siamo soli – Eros Ramazotti with Ricky Martin

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
Everyone knows I never do theme shows. But when I heard Foreign Language songs I knew exactly the song I wanted to do for this. I studied Italian for many years and went to language school in Italy three times and there I discovered Eros Ramazzotti. This song, Non Siamo Soli is just so full of life and exuberance. To me it’s like an Italian Dancing in the Streets!

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
Italians! Soccer!!! I wanted so badly to have the guys do a “soccer playing dance” but all the poses were static and looked crazy when I put them into a sequence so I ended up with just a hint of soccer in the opening poses. Perhaps someone more clever than me will do it one day.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
Both. It is such a fun song but the lyrics are meaningful as Eros with Ricky Martin sings about how we are all connected by our humanity and are searching for the same things in life. We have the same wants and ideals, the same desire for freedom. We are not alone!

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
I hope you enjoy the song as much as I do.

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Diawa
Oiran (Japanese)


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Babypea
with Web and BB
Rammstein – Ich Will

1. Why did you choose this song to create a dance to? What was your inspiration?
I love the energy of Rammstein, they are one of my all-time fave bands. I saw them in concert in Vegas… got knocked down in the mosh pit. They were amazing… powerful! Their music makes me hungry.

2. What were the particular challenges you dealt with when creating this dance?
The first five seconds of the song were too quiet and were getting dropped when played through SAM. I had to edit that part and amp the first five seconds. Also, finding the right animations. I wanted the choreo to be ‘ugly’ so to speak… to look rather painful. Juxtaposed with a beautiful costume. Painful beauty. Beautiful pain. Twisted animations. Twisted beauty.

3. What does this dance mean to you? Is it a bit of fun, or is there a deeper meaning?
It is creepy fun! And good stress relief. It is how I had wild, kinky sex with this song.

4. Is there anything you would like others to know about your dance?
It is the temptation of Sleeping Beauty, touch the spindle! But really it is about all the things stressing me out, and me trying to resist the lure to simply sleep through everything. Sleep is such blessed escape. Far better escape than SL. I love to sleep. I have the most amazing, totally awesome dreams, detailed, full of colour and so active. Embrace the spindle. BE the spindle!

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Bella
with Everyone

Los Lobos – La Bamb

Falco – Rock Me Amadeus

Nena ‎- 99 Luftballons

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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

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:

Why Elysium is Dancing for the Bears

Elysium Cabaret “DANCING FOR BEARS”
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11th 2018 AT 2PM SLT

This is a dance show fundraiser in support of Animals Asia Foundation. All proceeds from this show will be donated to Animals Asia Foundation. This fundraiser is registered with Animals Asia Foundation.

Jill Robinson founded Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) in 1998. This year celebrates 20 years of rescuing these small, gentle bears used in the horrifying bile trade and trying to stop the unspeakable, sadistic practice of bile collecting. AAF raises awareness of the inhumane methods used in bear bile, which involve bears living up to 30 years in small cages, with metal catheters inserted into their abdomens for bile extraction, or even open wounds through which the bile drips. The organization also works “to reduce the demand for bile in Asia by promoting affordable, effective and cruelty free alternatives.”

AAF headquarters is in Hong Kong, with sanctuaries in Vietnam and China. AAF has rescued more than 500 bears. Last count was 611 bears! These bears were taken from a life of torture and cruelty to experience grass under their feet for the first time, nutritious food, toys and friends, being able to walk around and bathe and swim, climb trees and simply BE bears. Please join us in helping Jill and AAF in their tireless devotion to putting an end to the horrific practice of bear bile farming. Today, we dance for the bears! Elysium Cabaret in The Empire Room on Copperhead Road sim. Please support AAF any way you can. Every bit helps. Donations of funds to pay for housing, food and medicine, sponsor a bear, spread the word on your social media and other methods… please don’t look the other way. Together, we are making a difference, awareness is being raised, legislation is being made, and bears are being rescued.

Until the cruelty ends.

Find out more: https://www.animalsasia.org/

SL URL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Copperhead%20Road/74/64/2754

Watch the documentary “Cages of Shame”: http://www.cagesofshame.com and watch the whole film at http://www.guinnessentertainment.com

All donations to this fundraiser will be given to Animals Asia Foundation. AAF’s goal is to raise funds to help bear recovery and rehabilitation at their bear sanctuaries.

Their world-class bear rescue centres in Chengdu, China and Tam Dao, Vietnam provide the bears with comfortable dens and semi-natural enclosures where they are able to recover in safety and spend the remaining years of their lives in the company of other bears. To date, 611 farmed bears have been received into AAF’s care.

Animals Asia Foundation is a group that works tirelessly to rescue, treat, and provide sanctuary for Asia’s gentle Moon Bears. They are the smallest and most gentle of the bear family. These precious animals are often caged as cubs where they live out a miserable existence with a tube inserted to extract their bile, used in ancient Asian medicine. The bears are confined to “crush” cages so small they often cannot even turn around. They are provided no comforts and are fed a thin rice gruel each day, just enough to keep them alive. They are kept in this inhumane condition for up to thirty years, until their deaths. This diabolical treatment of vulnerable, helpless creatures is appalling. It is proven the bile extracted from their gall bladders is ineffective as a medicine. Bear bile treatment is founded in ancient folklore, and modern medicine provides much better treatments for the ailments the bile is used for.

Jill Robinson founded Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) in 1998. The organization raises awareness of the inhumane methods used in bear bile, which involve bears living up to 30 years in small cages, with metal catheters inserted into their abdomens for bile extraction, or even open wounds through which the bile drips. The organization also works “to reduce the demand for bile in Asia by promoting affordable, effective and cruelty free alternatives.” AAF headquarters is in Hong Kong, with sanctuaries in Vietnam and China. AAF has rescued more than 600 bears.

To find out more about Animals Asia Foundation and the plight of the moon bears, visit: http://www.animalsasia.org

Watch the documentary “Cages of Shame”: http://www.cagesofshame.com and watch the whole film at http://www.guinnessentertainment.com

Animals Asia is devoted to ending the barbaric practice of bear bile farming and improving the welfare of animals in China and Vietnam. We promote compassion and respect for all animals and work to bring about long-term change.

Founded in 1998, the Animals Asia team has been rescuing moon bears since 1994 and is the only organisation with a bear sanctuary in China. Our founder and CEO, Jill Robinson MBE, Dr.med.vet. h.c., is widely recognised as the world’s leading expert on the cruel bear bile industry, having campaigned against it since 1993.

Animals Asia has rescued over 600 bears, caring for them at its award-winning bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam. From its small beginnings in Hong Kong, Animals Asia has grown into a respected international NGO with over 300 staff and offices in Australia, China, Germany, Italy, the UK, US and Vietnam.

To facilitate the bile extraction process, the bears are commonly kept in cages known as extraction or crush cages. These measure approximately 79 cm x 130 cm x 200 cm (2.6 feet x 4.4 feet x 6.5 feet). Because the bears weigh between 50 to 120 kilograms (110 to 260 lb), these cages prevent the bears from being able to stand upright, or in some cases, restrict the bear’s movements even more.

Farmed bile bears are often malnourished and in poor health, living to an average age of five years; healthy captive bears can live until age 35 and wild bears live to 25-30 years. If the bears live past age five, they are most often killed around age 10, since by then their productivity usually drops off. They are then sold for their meat, fur, paws, and gall bladders.

Living for 10–12 years under such circumstances results in severe mental stress and muscle atrophy. The Chinese media reported an incident in which a mother bear, having escaped her cage, strangled her own cub and then killed herself by intentionally running into a wall. World Animal Protection sent researchers to 11 bile farms. They reported seeing bears moaning, banging their heads against their cages, and chewing their own paws (autophagia).

In January 2006, the Chinese State Council Information Office held a press conference in Beijing, during which the government said that it was enforcing a “Technical Code of Practice for Raising Black Bears,” which “requires hygienic, painless practice for gall extraction and make strict regulations on the techniques and conditions for nursing, exercise and propagation.” However, a 2007 veterinary report published by the Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) stated that the Technical Code was not being enforced and that many bears were still spending their entire lives in small extraction cages without free access to food or water. AAF also noted that the free-dripping technique promoted in the Technical Code was unsanitary as the fistula created to access the gall bladder allowed for an open portal through which bacteria could infiltrate the abdomen. The AAF report also stated that surgeries to create free-dripping fistulae caused bears great suffering as they were performed without appropriate antibiotics or pain management and the bears were repeatedly exposed to this process as the fistulae often healed over. The free-dripping method still requires the bears to be prodded with a metal rod when the wound heals over and under veterinary examination, some bears with free-dripping fistulae were actually found to have clear perspex catheters permanently implanted into their gall bladders. In addition to the suffering caused by infection and pain at the incision site, 28% of fistulated bears also experience abdominal hernias and more than a third eventually succumb to liver cancer, believed to be associated with the bile-extraction process.

The monetary value of the bile comes from the traditional prescription of bear bile by doctors practicing TCM. Bear bile contains ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA). It is purchased and consumed to treat hemorrhoids, sore throats, sores, bruising, muscle ailments, sprains, epilepsy, reduce fever, improve eyesight, break down gall stones, act as an anti-inflammatory, reduce the effects of over-consumption of alcohol, and to ‘clear’ the liver. It is currently found in various forms for sale including whole gall bladders, raw bile, pills, powder, flakes and ointment. Because only minute amounts of bile are used in TCM, a total of 500 kg of bear bile is used by practitioners every year, but according to WSPA more than 7,000 kg is being produced. The surplus is being used in other non-essential products such as throat lozenges, shampoo, toothpaste, wine, tea, eyedrops, and general tonics. Reports on the efficacy of bile products are mixed. It has been stated “These products have absolutely no benefit to health” and “Scientists have scrutinized the health effects of bear bile but have come to no definitive conclusions”.