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Showing posts with label Spirits in Motion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spirits in Motion. Show all posts

Friday, November 1, 2019

Spirits in Motion Presents "Fright Night 2019" At Kachina Theater Sunday Nov. 3rd at 2pm SLT


   Spirits in Motion is proud to present "Fright Night 2019" on Sunday, November 3rd at 2 pm SL at Kachina Theater, where we hope to show you a frightfully fun time.  Our hauntingly handsome and ghoulishly gorgeous dancers have worked themselves half to death to create a splendid show for your pleasure. Paragon Dance Animation Company is joining in the fun by donating a dance pack which will be given away in a free raffle at the end of the performance....you must be present to win! Come join us in celebrating the macabre with Spirits in Motion at "Fright Night 2019,  Sunday, November 3rd at 2 pm SL!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

SPOTLIGHT ON SPIRITS IN MOTION AND THE KACHINA THEATER – Josh (Thomas1 Bellic) Reporting.


SecondLife is arguably the most advanced and perhaps engaging of the virtual worlds out there. Not just a land of phenomenal beauty and creativity, it also hosts an incredibly talented and diversified community of artists.  A relative newcomer to the performing arts community is the Kachina Theater and their performing dance troupe, Spirits in Motion.



I recently had the very real pleasure of visiting the Kachina Theater as they were preparing for their upcoming performance of “Blast from the Past”.   This show was written by Jilly Lonewolf (leannburt), with assistance from Ciarra (kayceb), and choreographed by Mrs. Starlena Lonewolf (starlena.hansen) and in some cases even the dancers themselves.  Most of the sets were designed by Starlena. This musical extravaganza will be preformed one time only on Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 PM SLT. Their newest production will feature numerous pieces of music from the Roaring 20s to the Rocking 60's.  With Muse Wolf (musicgal9026) as the DJ, Ciarra as the announcer/moderator will serve as a sort of time traveling musical guide as cast and audience waltz through the ages.

I caught up with Starlena one night recently, and she was gracious enough to give me a tour of their facilities.



As you enter Kachina Theater by way of swinging double doors, you are greeted by a tastefully appointed lobby with grand staircases at either end leading to the upper lobby.  From here you enter the theater proper, with ample seating available in either single person chairs, or two-person love seats lined up about the room. The stage with the proscenium arch is the focal point of the room.  Elaborate in both planning and execution, Blast from the Past will involve multiple scene changes and an equal number of costume changes by the dancers.


The sets and the musical numbers selected for this show are guaranteed to have you leaving the theater humming a favorite tune.  On a Wizard of Oz set, you will hear the Scarecrow lament “If I only had a Brain”.  Whisked away to a USO stage at a WWII base camp, you will be entertained along with the troops to the dulcimer harmonies of the Andrew Sisters as they sing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B”.  And what else would you expect to hear in a 50’s style Malt Shop but “Rock Around the Clock”.  Don’t forget to catch that quintessential favorite at night clubs in the 30’s, Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing”.  And you certainly do not want to miss when that crooner of crooners, D'Artagnan Michaels (raybartleson) wows the  audience with “Jailhouse Rock”.

Later, I caught up with Jilly Lonewolf, deep in the midst of her own show preparations, and I was able to ask her some questions about the theater and production,

Josh (thomas1.bellic):  What a great name… “Blast from the Past”.  Tell me, Jilly, where did you get the dialogue and dance routines for this show?

Jilly Lonewolf (leannburt): We are one of SL's newer venues.  This show is totally original. We started from scratch, so to speak.  I came up with the concept and the title. The theater and land is closed prior to the day of the performance as many of us also live on the sim.  

J.B:  how many shows will you be doing?  How many performance times?

J.L.: This show right now is one performance only.....we have been talking about doing an encore performance but some of our dancers work weekends etc. so our schedule is limited at present.  Starlena, our primary set builder, works full time so her available hours to build are short. She is amazingly creative and her set designs are fantastic! We schedule our shows approximately five weeks apart. Our actual schedule depends on when Starlena has time to work on the sets and I get the script written.  We do plan to put on our version of Phantom of the Opera late this summer/fall.

J.B.:  So tell me, Jilly.  How did you and Starlena meet?  And how did you decide on a partnership in the performing arts?

J.L: Starlena and I go way back.....we worked together first at Magnifique Weddings....I was an officiant/planner and she was the main photographer.  Later we both worked at Paramount Playhouse, which is another performance venue here. We have always wanted to have our own theater and the timing was right for us to make our vision a reality

J.B.:   How long has your Dance Troupe been together?

J.L.: We formed our troupe in January and held our debut performance February 17th, 2019. Our dance troupe normally has a cast of 13 dancers and various support crew.  This show will have a few extras on board that don't dance but do some add ons, playing instruments etc.  Some of our dancers are extremely talented. Many of them even do their own choreography.

J.B.:  A quick search turns up dozens and dozens of Dance Troupes in SecondLife, involving hundreds, if not thousands of dancers.   What is it that makes Kachina Theater special, given the large number of options available to people in SL today?

J.L.: Hmmmm.....not sure the proper way to phrase this so perhaps you can help me out.  We pride ourselves in the fact that unlike many theaters, our shows are more PG, as in no nudity or suggestive language.  Our show is more along the lines of what you would see on Broadway, It’s something you would be comfortable bringing your parents to.  We feel you don't have to take your clothes off to be sexy :) There are plenty of places in SL that folks can go to see naked avatars and hot and heavy emotes.  We focus on strictly entertainment.

So, there you have it folks.  I don’t know what your plans are for Sunday, May 19, but if you DON’T make it a point to attend Kachina Theater’s “Blast from the Past”, starting at 2:00PM SLT, you are gonna kick yourself later.  There is ONE performance only, and I guarantee this is one show you do NOT want to miss.  The Spirits in Motion dancers and Kachina Theater present “Blast from the Past”  A musical review of your favorite songs from the Roaring 20’s through the Rocking 60’s,  brought to life through song, dance, and the magic of SecondLife!

Be there.  Aloha! - J.B.



Monday, March 25, 2019

Spotlight on "Spring Delights" Coming to Kachina Theater April 7th



One of the most unique entertainment venues in Second Life is the newly opened Kachina Theater,  home of Spirits In Motion, a dance troupe dedicated to various forms of performance art---ballet, jazz, hip-hop, Latin style dance, modern expression, sensual and even a dash of burlesque.  The 12 person group held their debut performance on February 17th, and is looking forward to presenting a Dancer's Choice performance on April 7th.
SLE: Dance troupes in SL have to coordinate music with various movements and scenes. It take a crew of 12 to make it all happen!  Can you tell us more about the team behind Kachina Theater and Spirits of Motion?



The troupe is the brainchild of Co-Founders Starlena Hansen and LeAnnBurt Resident, AKA Star and Jilly Lonewolf, two close-as-sisters friends with previous dance experience who desired to offer the residents of SL a different entertainment option. BenjaminABaker makes up the third owner and a talented performer as well. Spirit in Motion's performances are designed to entertain while at the same time drawing out the watchers emotions. Kachina Theater brings viewers acts that appeal to the senses while being suitable for audiences of all ages.The rest of the troupe includes D'Artagnan, Gracie. Kash, Molly, CrazieWolf, Willo, and Ally, who perform in both group numbers and solo performances.  
SLE: Creating the sets are a big part of the overall performance.  Can you give our readers an examples of the sets you they may see on April 7th ?
The fantastic sets are thought up by both the dancers and by lead designer Starlena,  who along with Jilly also designs the group act  choreography. Hours of preparation go into each performance,  searching for the right music, dances and costuming to make each act a delight to watch. Our sets vary from the very simple to very elaborate and detailed, depending on the theme...for example, in Spring Delights we have one act that has just moving glyphs, while another employs multiple scenes using faders.



SLE: As previously mentioned, ballet, jazz and hip hop are some of the genres performed. It sounds like there is something for everyone and is a very important component in the performances. Who is responsible for the smooth transitions from song to song at Kachina Theater and introducing the acts?
Music is a very important part of any theater,  and Kachina Theater is blessed to have that talent of DJ Muse Wolf who keeps things moving smoothly. Also keeping things running on an even keel is Kachina's MC/Hostess Ciarra,  who entertains the audience as well as introducing each act and providing valuable information to viewers. Spring Delights is basically a Dancer's Choice show, with our artists performing routines to their favorite songs. We have a little of everything, from 60's soul to techno, country, current hits and even a Celtic tune or two.


SLE: On April 7th at when “Spring Delight” opens to the SL public, I’m sure it will leave audiences coming back for more with your music choices and sets. How long will Spring Delights be performed?
Spring Delights is scheduled for one performance only...Sunday, April 7th at 2 pm SL---However, we are looking into possibly adding an additional date, depending on our dancer's RL schedules and availability.


Can you give our readers a little teaser about what’s to come after Spring Delight?
Kachina Theater also has plans for other types of performances in the future,  including an adaptation of Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera in the late summer/early fall.  Live musical performances are also planned periodically, making this venue a well rounded entertainment center for performing arts.

SLE: Is there anything else you would like to share?
Spirits in Motion performs for the love of dance and hopes that your readers will find the time to come and experience a truly memorable show. We also are interested in speaking with creative people who are willing to work hard and who would like to join our troupe, to make a great group even better!


What a great way to welcome Spring to Second Life! Be sure to mark your calendars for April 7th at 2 pm SL

Group: Kachina Theater

 
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