It would be enough to have a brief look at the events I feature on The Digitized to conclude that I love performing arts of Second Life. Second Life is made to take advantage of the visual component, and performing arts are doing exactly that. So one can imagine my excitement when I have inspected the first week events’ schedule and learned that a number of troupes have brought their shows to SL13B! From dance shows, to a circus, to a Broadway musical, the SL13B Auditorium has seen a number of performing arts that week. And since these troupes will continue performing on the Grid, it is worth bringing them up once more, so all the SL theatre lovers can watch their wonderful arts all year round now, until the next SLB.
Note: I will cover only the troupes whose performances I have watched in person, therefore not all of the performers will make the list. Sincere apologies to whom I have missed! Hope to catch you on the Grid!
Note 2: Some links are meant to be opened in Second Life, like in-world groups and locations. This can be done by simply clicking the link while logged in Second Life or copying the link, pasting it in the text chat (local, for example) within your viewer and pressing Enter. ((UPD) The first method does not seem to work, at least for me – I’m figuring out why. The second one does work. Please use it for now!)
The Night Theater
In-world group: ~*~The Dreamers~*~
In-world location: ~*~The Night Theater HQ~*~
At SL13B, The Night Theater has presented their exclusive dance show on Monday, June 20th, right before Meet The Lindens, and I have managed to catch the second half of it. The performers of The Night Theater have brought to life a number of fictional stories through the dance to the modern music, and one look at any of the acts would be enough to appreciate the quality of the choreography, the costumes and decorations, and the music, all put together in perfect arrangement. Most of the acts have depicted the mythological tales from the ancient times, which to this day trigger our imagination, and now have obtained a shape in a form of dance show.
According to the troupe’s website, The Night Theater specializes on themed dance shows and primarily performs at a variety of Second Life big events, such as Fantasy Faire, One Billion Rising, SL Scifi Con and, well, SL13B, although they also perform at their home theatre. They announce early and usually perform more than just one show, so it is worth checking their website from time to time.
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How many of you know that there is an active stand-up comedy scene out there on the Grid? How many of you have been to the live comedy performance? I, for one, have stumbled upon something that looked like a stand-up comedy show on Treet.tv once – that was about five years ago, and since then, I have forgotten of its existence. Therefore, I cannot appreciate Catboy Qunhua, the in-world stand-up comedian, for taking his time at the Auditorium to introduce us to this form of the performing art. It felt unusual the first few minutes, but after a while residents have caught up and shared the laughter through voice and gestures. Catboy did not come alone, but brought a team of fellow comedians with him, who have done a couple of skits with him, as well as performed individually – those included ѠƳ ƝƠṰṰ (wyvern.blazewood), ThinkererSelby Evans (thinkerer.melville), and I’m pretty confident I forgot somebody else, and would appreciate so much if somebody reminded me whom I have forgotten.
Catboy does not promote himself, but according to the information in his profile, one can usually catch him every Tuesday at 5 PM at Lauren’s Place, where he joins other comedians in comedy live performances, as well as every Thursday at 5 PM at Hooligans Roadside Diner, where he hosts Comedy Night and Hollywood Squares – jot these times and dates down! If you forget them, search for his profile (if you manage to recall the spelling of his last name) and check out the Picks.
In-world group: !! Dance Xcetera Fans !!
In-world location: ~ Dance Xcetera Theater ~
In-world subscriber: Available
Another contemporary dance troupe has brought a number of dance acts to SL13B. Armed with stunning choreography and modern tunes to accompany it, Dance Xcetera had provided the Auditorium audience a fantastic experience, from a burlesque performance, to the oriental dance in the garden of Eden. For the last dance act, however, they have treated us with something particularly special… Have you ever thought of the rays of light as dancers on their own, weaving spectacular patterns with… themselves? The Dance Xcetera troupe has done exactly that, all on the plain black background, and one can truly appreciate the shapes and forms they have created in this unusual dance by the unusual performers.
Dance Xcetera provides us a number of ways to follow them, including my favourite kind of following – the in-world subscriber. According to the website, they perform once a month at their home theatre, as well as around the Grid at the events.
ACT (Avilion Cameo Theatre)
ACT did not limit themselves to the dance show alone, but took another form of art, the poetry, and have embedded it into their show to create something close to the actual musical! After the minor inconveniences with the stage that happened to be a tad bit too large for the Auditorium, “The Book of Love & Imagination”, with original poetry by Moon Aerandir (Bajoy) took the audience on the magical journey, following the main character, Alice, who becomes the witness and even the participant of the fantasy adventures she encounters. After the play, having about 20 minutes of the spare time, the audience has been invited to join the performers in the area in front of the stage to dance to the Celtic tunes, so the audience could themselves experience the magic of moving to this kind of music. Felt amazing!
Avilion Cameo Theatre happens to belong to the Avilion Arts association, which itself belongs to the Avilion roleplay community, therefore, though outsiders are welcome to watch the shows, the in-world announcements are available for the Avilion roleplay members only. The website, however, seems to be a sufficient source of information about the theatre itself and about the upcoming productions, therefore I recommend checking it out often – according to the “Upcoming shows” list on the sidebar, the theatre is very much active!
In-world group: Mitsuhana Patrons
In-world location: Kyoto Japan
SL13B Auditorium audience has also been treated with the traditional Karyukai by Mitsuhana Okiya. The theme of their performance was the long, but so rewarding process of joining the family of these mysterious ladies who carry the art of the traditional Japanese entertainment throughout centuries. Step by step, act after act, the story of the young girl on her path to become a qualified geisha unfolds before us, accompanied by the text descriptions of the acts as well as the traditional Japanese music.
Mitsuhana Okiya is part of the authentic Japanese community – Gion Hanamachi, therefore joining their group to be informed about the upcoming events would be a great idea for those who would like to get acquainted with the Japanese culture and festivities, which this very active cultural community have a lot of!
The Imperial Arts
In-world group: Imperial Arts Notices
In-world location: The Imperial Arts
In-world subscriber: Available
Celtic arts, Japanese arts – since we are on the journey around the world already, why not join The Imperial Arts troupe and enjoy the authentic Chinese ballet? One could guess that something special is coming when the large custom stage took place at the SL13B Auditorium, and one would be very much right. The Imperial Arts have brought “Wu Xing: A Chinese Elemental Ballet” to SL13B, and in a series of spectacular dance acts, we observe the creation of perhaps the most fantastic phenomenon in the Universe – Life itself. Ironically, the performance starts with the destruction of life… But when various Elements come at play, step by step, we witness the formation of the new one!
The Imperial Arts specializes in oriental arts, primarily Chinese ad Japanese ones. One can stay informed about their performances by joining their in-world group or subscriber list.
In-world group: ChangHigh Trinity Sister Supporters
In-world location: Urantia & Circus ChangHigh’s Cosmic Cultural Center
In-world subscriber: Available
Circus is something that fascinates us from the early age and up to when we are old and grey. One must have at least the slightest appreciation to these artists who take the human capabilities up a notch – and turn it into the form of art. That kind of art was exactly what the ChangHigh Circus troupe specializes in. That was what they gave us the pleasure to observe at SL13B Auditorium. Even though their performance took place early in the morning (8 AM SLT), they drew in quite a crowd with their colourful acts!
This fabulous troupe travels all over the Grid with their circus, mostly performing at art festivals and events. One can keep up with them by joining the in-world group or the subscriber list!
Quill & Quarrel Theater
In-world group: Friends of The Quill & Quarrel
In-world location: Q&Q Tower
One can never go wrong with Broadway musicals, and Quill & Quarrel Theater took the challenge to bring exactly one of those, by the name of “KOWS” to SL13B. The original story about the small independent radio station fighting for the retention of its independence unfolded before the Auditorium audience and took us on the emotional journey, making us have a hearty laugh, frown, gasp in horror, shake our heads, or smile happily – and of course, making us dance in our chairs and hum or even sing along when we catch up with the lyrics! A truly interesting experience it was.
Quill & Quarrel Theater mostly tours the Grid, performing at a variety of Gorean roleplay locations. They perform pretty frequently, so I would recommend checking out their website for the schedules! In-world, one can keep up with them by joining the in-world group.
The Jewell Theatre
In-world location: The Jewell Theatre
In-world subscriber: Available
It is one thing to bring the existing play from the physical world to the digital one – and it’s completely another when the entire play, from the first word of the script to the last piece of the stage decorations, is done in Second Life for Second Life, from scratch. SL13B Auditorium Audience has got lucky to witness the premiere of the brand new play, “The Lucid Journey”, written by Fake Jewell (yes, this is a Second Life name) exclusively to be performed in the virtual world! The story invites us to unravel the mystery of the main heroine’s husband disappearance. Who would have thought dreams can be so powerful? I have crashed twice during the play, but that is the nature of SL13B – the play itself was truly engaging and original.
The Jewell Theatre appears to be pretty active in Second Life, but I have failed to find any way to follow the troupe and get informed about the upcoming plays other than via their Twitter. They mostly tour the Grid and perform their plays at various Gorean communities, therefore it is worth checking out their Twitter to catch them on the Grid!
Every performer and every troupe mentioned above has contributed to making SL13B so special and proving that performing arts sure have their place on the Grid. But their work did not end there, and now we all have the opportunity to continue following the arts they create all year round – let’s seize that opportunity and make our second lives richer!
Stay digitized and enjoy!