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Thursday, September 27, 2012

"PETAH" Goes Live on YOU Tube!

Independent Ballet owes a great HUGE shout-out to the talented Pia Klaar (and a couple of *great Big Squishy Hugs* as well!) for following us about all summer and creating these amazing videos of Independent Ballet's production of "Petah and the Wolf"  . . .

Posted in Two Parts - enjoy or relive the delight of this adventure in virtual story and dance:

Petah and the Wolf (Part I)

Petah and the Wolf (Part II)


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Thank You Ami & The Realm of Terabithia!

Photo of Ami Poetz as The Wolf by Fae Varriale
 We have had some outstanding audiences and performances on this tour, but today's enthusiastic audience at the Realm of Terabithia is clearly among the most amazing.  They were on time and all fired up for a great show.  We in the company love performing, but performing for an audience with this kind of energy just makes it all the more rewarding.  Thanks Ami for setting this venue up.  Thanks to the audience for being so terrific!

Comments from today's performance:

Vis Willows (visitorx) applauds! "Bravo!"
Sarah Elisabeth Brenham  (sarahelisebeth.brenham): applauds
EMME Emmons: BRAVA BRAVA BRAVA!!!    -     Gesture Powered Arjx Devin
AliceMay Graves:  :-:¦:-_APPLAUSE_-:¦:-
MORGANNA LEFEY  (thetattywitch.juneberry): TOTALLY BRILLIANT
(lillian.pfeffer) claps exited
Annamaria Manatiso: Thank you all for being here!
Arabella Luminos: Thank you everyone for your excellent participation!!
Seer Nemeth: EXCELLENT !!!!!!!
BigRed Coyote (bigredcoyote): ♫~~♫~~APPLAUSE~~♫~~♫
Mystery (terry.tripp): YAY!!!!!!!
Seer Nemeth: APPLAUSE!!!!
MadameThespian (madamethespian.underhill): !!!!Bravo!!!!
MadameThespian (madamethespian.underhill): Very nice work all of you! Delightful!
Tatiana Yakubu: we want more, we want more
Chance Leitner: great show you guys
Tasha (sciffon): well done all
Seer Nemeth: Well done everyone :))
Marta Huntress: bravooooooooooooooo
Seer Nemeth: great show TYVM everyone :)))
Dubhna Rhiadra: thanks you all soo much!!! You have been a wonderful audience!!!!!!
Mystery (terry.tripp) throws dozen red flowers on stage to Ami, pink and whites for the other dancers
Fiesty Lotus: Totally grand-er seen on SL Like nothing I have ever
Marta Huntress: kudoos
Marta Huntress: loved it ty
Chance Leitner: well done to cast and crew
Seer Nemeth: APPLAUSE!!!!
snow Scarmon: yes is a wonderful production

The Hunters - Photo by Fae Varriale
NEXT PERFORMANCE: The Official Tour of PETAH AND THE WOLF has come to an end,  but there will be one more performance in late September, as we have been invited as guest performers at a language conference.  Stay Tuned for more details.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Last Performance til Late September! Saturday @ Terrabithia!

Production Photo by Fae Varriale

Okay, we really mean it this time:  Saturday, August 11th at 2pm at Realm of Terrabithia.  They have a telehub there, so come early to find your way to the performance site! 

Tell your friends... BRING your friends, as Petah and her friends relive their advanture one more time before marching triumphal into the ether , to briefly reappear at as guest performers at a language seminar in late September.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Thank You SL Enquirer for All Your Support, and for Being a Terrific Audience!

...and for the Popcorn! YUM!

The Audience gathering on the back lawn of the SL Enquirer Headquarters
 We had a great time at the SL Enquirer Media Center today.  Editor-in-Chief Lanai Jarrico has been a long time supporter from way back in the Swan days and it was great to be here again with this project.

The Cast shifts nervously back stage, waiting for the performance to begin.
Selected comments from Post-Show ....

Semaj (kewluk): excellent
lokera Quinote: precioso
[lokera Quinote: "beautiful",
MariPiIi: bravaa bravaaa
Semaj (kewluk) clapps
Lanai Jarrico: *claps*
lokera Quinote: maravilloso
lokera Quinote: "wonderful",
Lanai Jarrico: Thank you Great play
Annamaria Manatiso: Thank you all for being here!
MariPiIi: :D
Shayna Forzane: Thank you all
lokera Quinote: bravooo
lokera Quinote: bravooo
Dubhna Rhiadra: Thankyou all so much for your generosity
Lanai Jarrico: Thank you IBC
lokera Quinote: bravooo
lokera Quinote: bravooo
Dubhna Rhiadra: and thank you to Lanai for inviting us to perform here
MariPiIi: brava bravaaaa
Lanai Jarrico: aww yw hopefully again next year!
Emalaith Teardrop: very nice :)
Lanai Jarrico: Im gonna put some pics on flickr

NEXT PERFORMANCE: Saturday, August 11th at 2pm at Realm of Terrabithia.  They have a telehub there, so come early to find your way to the performance site!

Join Us at the SL Enquirer Media Center Today @ 2pm!

There's GREAT News, and there's GOOD News!

The Great News is that we are thrilled to be bck at the SL Enquirer Meda Center (And Chill Lounge!) where Lanai has set up a special Audience entrance complete with popcorn and Red Carpet ... and perhaps paparazzi too!  So get there early, grab your bag and find the perfect seat for the performance.  It starts (grid willing!) at 2pm SLT Today!

Now for the Good News ... this is not the last performance!  We have one more performance next week at Terrabithia (LM pending) and them we have been asked to perform at a language symposium in late September.  The September performance is not for certain just yet.  But the performance at 2pm on Saturday, August 11th is.  Stay tuned for information on the location, and pass the word: "One more week before Petah and her friends dance into the sunset for good!"

Saturday, July 28, 2012

"Mille Gracie" to the Fantastic Audience at The Dance Queen's Festival!

Our biggest audience yet with over 40 in attendance.  Emerging lag got things a little rocky for us (like that has never happened before!) and everyone was great about it!  
A large and diverse audience to enjoy Petah's Adventure (there's always one cloud in the bunch!)
Here's a selection from the four pages I imported from the expressions of apprectiation our audience shared in local chat after the performance...

Taralyn Gravois: applause
Angel Damask: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
randy Thor: Great costumes
Taralyn Gravois: Encore
Geraldine Ashdene:   (¸¸.•´ ¯¨•.¸¸ Applause ¸¸.•¨¯`•.¸¸)
GreigHighland: great story!
Shadow Tarber: WONDERFULLY DONE!!!!
Ewan (ewan.bonham): BRavoooooo
Angel Damask: Wonderful.
randy Thor: wonderful show!!!
Nanceee Sinatra: .-'`'-. APPLAUSE APPLAUSE .-'`'-.
randy Thor: wonderful!!
Ric Lyle: great job u guys!!!
Shadow Tarber: terrific show!!! thank you!!!!
randy Thor: wonderful show everyone!!!
Pia Klaar: Awesome performance
Feli (felicia.ibanez): Great show
VikkiLynn Caproni shouts: Was Wonderful
Dubhna Rhiadra: thank you all so much

Thank you to the organizers of the Dance Queen's Festival who do such an excellent and throrough job in prepping and anticipating the challenges that a festival like this can create.  They really know how to do it up right!  Bravo one and all!
The "Petah.." set qued up with the rest of the productions on Level 7
LAST PERFORMANCE ... Next Saturday at 2pm at the SL Enquirer's Headquarters on San Jose in the Costa Rica Estate.  Tell your friends.  It will be the chance to see this adventure before we tuck it away and begin a new one.

Join Us @ The Dance Queen's Festival V Today at 2pm

Photo and Poster Art by Fae Varriale
Join us today as we present our next-to-last performance of Petah & The Wolf at the Dance Queen's Dance Festival V ... one of the largest (if not THE largest) virtual dance events on the grid!

August 4th is our performance at the SL Enquirer's headquarters on Costa Rica and after that ... POOF!  Petah & The Wolf retires into virtual memory as we begin contemplation on our next collaborative creation.  Don't miss your last chances to see this delightful dance adventure!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Saturday, July 21st Performance: CANCELLED

Photo by Fae Varriale for Independent Ballet
It's Dance Queens Festival time and many of our IBC dancers will be performing there.  Why would we want to compete with that?  So there will be no performance of PETAH & THE WOLF Today.  But catch us next weekend when WE perform at the Dance Queens Festival - a "Perfect Storm" celebration of Virtual Dance on the SL Grid. 

For the Information and Schedule of the AMAZING! Dance Queens Festival ... CLICK HERE!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thank You Nayade and Opera Joven!

Another audience rapt as the delightful adventure unfolds.

RealityStalker Oh: ♫~~♫~~APPLAUSE~~♫~~♫
ViRuS WriTeR (virus.writer): ♫~~♫~~APPLAUSE~~♫~~♫
John Harbinger (johnharbinger) claps enthusiastically
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ViRuS WriTeR (virus.writer):  `'¹li¡|¡|¡il¹'`      `'¹li¡|¡|¡il¹'
John Harbinger (johnharbinger): wonderful
Rainbowsweetness Moonbeam: well done you alll very well
Talus Ravenheart: Bravo! Bravo!!! well done! :D
Yuki Rain: Fantastic!
Dubhna Rhiadra: thank you all so much for being a wonderful audience
John Harbinger (johnharbinger): thank you so much
Yuki Rain: Thanks for a great performance!
John Harbinger (johnharbinger): thank you ALL... great performance!
Fae's lovely Information Center, always ready with all sorts of info about IBC!
Saturday, July 21 at 2Pm SLT ~  NO PERFORMANCE TODAY!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Thank You Fusion Performing Arts Center!

A great venue and a fabulous audience!
It was one of those rough SL Saturdays when feet get sticky and rubber bands are twanging ... but we made it through another great performance of PETAH &THE WOLF, as ever thanks to a terrific, enthusiastic Audience!

Post Performance Comments:
MarySWW Lawksley: AWESOME!!
Lila (lila.wardark): great show thank you
ƬƠƁƖ (tobi.magic): Absolutely outstanding.
Ric Lyle: great show
Renshai: cracking show!
Feli (felicia.ibanez): AMAZING
ƊƖƔƖƝЄ ( Original and perfectly executed!
Ric Lyle: thank you great show!!!
Sugga (suggadiva): everybody was awesome :)
ƊƖƔƖƝЄ ( Hope to see you visit FPAC again with more wonderful shows
Feli (felicia.ibanez): Yes thank you all for coming to The Fusion Performing Arts Center for:
Feli (felicia.ibanez): Thank you so much Independent Ballet for this great production!

"Petah" and the gang strut proudly (and well earned!) in the Final Procession
Saturday, July 14th at 2pm SLT ~~ Opera Joven

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Independent Ballet says, "Thank You!"

Mille Gracie to two ladies who have been especially kind to IBC recently...

Lanai Jarrico, Editor-in-Chief of the SL Enquirer...
Lanai is a lover of creativity and a supporter of arts and music all over the grid.  She saw that IBC had no web presence and thought we should have one.  So she generously gave of her time and the sponsorship of SLE and created one for us.  It was just what we needed!  Thank You! Thank You!

Virus Writer, Blogger ...
Virus attended last weekend's performance of Petah & The Wolf at Kenya: Feed-a-Smile.  The performance there raised money for 31 meals for children in Kenya, administered by the two year old charity which is run in Second Life by Brique Topaz.

Virus was so impressed by the performance that she wrote about it on her blog, including some excellent performance photos!  CLICK HERE to see them!  A hundred, thousand thanks for the kind words and the posting!

Five Performances Remaining of PETAH & THE WOLF

Poster and Photo Art by Fae Varriale
Independent Ballet Company's (IBC) newest production, entitled Petah and the Wolf, is a colorful variation of children's favorite, Sergei Prokofiev’s 20th Century Classic: Peter and the Wolf.  It is the musical story of a small, fearless child who plays in the woods and is more than a match for the Big Bad Wolf. Only five more performances of this vibrant story-through-dance remain in this summer's virtual tour.

The production features a vibrant setting by artist Fae Varriale, and is under the direction of Dubhna Rhiadra, with choreography by Dubhna Rhiadra, Deyna Broek and Annamaria Manatiso.  The majority of IBC’s performers are controlling their own dance animations, working in concert with each other for larger group animations as they apply in the performance.  The result is a mix of technology and individual skill that is delighting audiences everywhere it is presented.

There are differences to this performance that fans of the classic story will note.  The most obvious is that the title character of “Peter” is “Petah” as IBC’s version features an adventurous little girl, danced by Deyna Broek.  The production uses the Deutsche Grammophon recording with narration by well-know British rock musician/actor Sting, and Claudio Abbado conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.  Sting’s narration reflects the reality in modern Britain that wolves have long since been hunted into extinction.  A wolf found in Britain today would not be shot, as in the classical narration, but captured and put in a zoo.  This recording reflects that reality.

In 1936 Sergei Prokofiev was commissioned by Natalya Sats and the Central Children's Theatre in Moscow to write a new musical symphony for children. The intent was to cultivate "musical tastes in children from the first years of school".  Intrigued by the invitation, Prokofiev completed Peter and the Wolf in just four days, and it debuted on 2 May 1936.  Since its first premiere, recordings of this musical fantasy have featured a host of luminaries and celebrities including Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Sir John Gielgud, Christopher Lee, Sean Connery, Peter Ustinov, Paul Hogan, Sterling Holloway, Beatrice Lillie, David Bowie, Mia Farrow, Lorne Greene, Sir Alec Guinness, Jonathan Winters, Patrick Stewart, Ben Kingsley, Melissa Joan Hart, George Raft, Carol Channing, David Attenborough, Sharon Stone,William F. Buckley, Jr. Itzhak Perlman, Captain Kangaroo, and Dame Edna Everage.

Because of the technical nature of this virtual performance, IBC  asks that guests to performances please be sure to take off any scripted objects to reduce lag -  HUDS, RP meters, Mystitools, AOs, scripted clothing items etc.  Unlike real ballet performances, this is not a show to come dressed to the nines in, all sparkles and bling-laden.

Performances continue this month through the first weekend in August.

July 7th Fusion Arts Centre
July 14th Opera Joven
July 21 Moonlight Smile Peaceful Land -  CANCELLED
LM to be determined ... check back later
August 4th SL Enquirer.

GALLERY OF "PETAH & THE WOLF" IMAGES by Artist, Fae Varriale

"Petah" Photo by Fae Varriale
"The Bird" Photo by Fae Varriale

"The Duck" Photo by Fae Varriale

"Grandfather" Photo by Fae Varriale

"The Cat" Photo by Fae Varriale

"The Wolf" Photo by Fae Varriale

"The Hunters" Photo by Fae Varriale

"Petah and the Hunters" Photo by Fae Varriale

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

More from IBC's SWAN (Performed in 2011)

Swan featured choreography by Dubhna Rhiadra and Deyna Broek, with Scenery by Fae Varriale.  It was based on an original story which was told live in voice at the beginning of each performance, and then brought to life through dance and music.  It was a story insoired in part by the Gulf Oil spill, and told of legendary creatures and their encounter with a greedy mortal, bent on possessing their power.  The production toured the grid from early summer through October of 2011, and was IBC's first major performance piece.  All photo shown were created by Second Life Artist Fae Varriale.