Guerilla Burlesque at 7pm

RL and SL have been extremely busy at the same time lately, which is a rare occurrence for me (thank goodness!).

I am stealing a few moments to sit down and put together a blog post.

Hopefully I will have more time over the next few days to sit down and actually write out all the thoughts that have been rumbling around in my head for the last several days. 🙂

I haven’t made it to many dance shows lately, but I have managed to catch a couple over this last week.

I made it to ExtravaDanza’s Disney show, and I made it to Guerilla Burlesque’s first 7pm SLT show on Friday.

Yes, you read that right – a Guerilla Burlesque show at 7pm!!

I, for one, was excited to hear this, because I just can’t make the midnight Friday shows.

GB 1Guerilla Burlesque is known around the grid for their performances, including the very successful “Le Cirque De Nuit” production.

For their midnight shows, it’s typical that guests begin to arrive an hour before the show to ensure a seat, as the sim can fill incredibly fast.

The 7pm show was no different.

The show began with a performance by Gloriana Maertens, a beautiful forest fairy scene.

The set was gorgeous and the particle effects added to the ethereal feel of the number.

The next number was quite a switch, going from the soft beauty of a forest scene to the hard edges of a techno set.

There aren’t many male dancers on the grid, so it’s always a nice change of pace to see one.

GB 2Dancing to “Dangerous,” Oodlemi Noodle made great use of animated textures to help set the scene.

I think there was a bit of a lag hiccup at the beginning of the number (not surprising with a full sim).

However, once the lag was kicked into submission, it was a very enjoyable performance.

The next set was the highlight of the show for me.

The absence of mirrors in SL (while understandable) is something I wish weren’t so.

GB 3I’ve seen a lot of talented photographers do amazing things with Photoshop to make it appear as if there are working mirrors in SL.

I’ve had an idea for using mirrored dances running around in my head for quite a while, but haven’t had the chance to put it together.

Instead, I got to watch Chewie do an amazing routine to ‘Mirrors.’

I love, love, love the angle of this shot.

I know how the effect was achieved, but isn’t it cool?!

I was snapping away madly, trying to get the ‘perfect’ shot, and this one comes pretty close. 🙂

GB 4The set is very minimal and forces the audience to focus on the performers.

I love how something simple can have such an impact.

The next performers were Aubreya and Azabella.

Aubreya’s routine was set in a not very nice neighborhood (can I say ghetto?).

I’m glad my husband was watching over my shoulder, or I would have missed a very cool part of the number.

As she danced from one end of the set to the other, the neighborhood began to change and became a very well-kept street scene.

I would love to show you a before/after, but alas, the shots I thought I had taken seem to be missing from my photo folder. 😦

I didn’t get a good shot of Azabella’s number either, unfortunately, as I was distracted by all the twitching, dismembered people in the windows behind her. *shudders*

It was a very cool (if rather unsettling) effect.

GB 6The last performance I saw was Zahra dancing to a song by Melody Gardot.

I had never heard of Melody before, but I am now a huge fan.

I absolutely love her voice – reminiscent of Nina Simone, Norah Jones, and Adele.

Zahra did a great routine to ‘Love Me Like a River Does.’

I love the end of the set – the soft moonlight shining down as she dances.

I think there was one more number after Zahra, but pesky RL called me away and I didn’t get to see it.

If you haven’t seen a Guerilla Burlesque show before, run, don’t walk, to the next one!

They just had auditions recently and I am excited to see what new performers they have found.

I’ve already marked next week’s show on my calender so I won’t miss it.

Hope to see you there! 😀