Paradise Lost – Take 2

Paradise Lost is the current production of The Basilique Theatre.  Set to the music of Mozart’s Requiem, it is the story of Adam and Eve and their ejection from the Garden of Eden.

I saw the show back in April and had some issues with things not appearing properly for me (see my blog post here).

Becky, one of the creators of the show, was kind enough to invite me back to see the show again.  Before the show in April, it was advertised that there would be a camera control in place.  It was not ready at the April show, and is, unfortunately, still not available.

Camera control issue aside, the show is amazingly well done.  There is no dialogue during the show, but the narrator introduces each scene and ‘sets the stage’ for the action.  There’s no question that this was a huge project and an incredible accomplishment for Becky, Harvey, and The Basilique Theatre cast/crew.  After upgrading my old graphics card, I was anxious to see how well it would perform at Paradise Lost.  I am sure that the issues I had at the show in April were due to my equipment rather than the fault of the creators.

I am happy to report that God appeared correctly for me this time (rather than as a ‘mini-God,’ as he appeared to me in April).  Because I had been to the show before, I knew what to expect and was able to take some nice shots (which I will share below).  I haven’t done any processing to the pictures, other than some cropping, so what you see is what I saw at the show.

The first run of the show is quickly coming to a close, and many of the dates are sold out, so if you haven’t purchased a ticket yet, time is running out!

PL 1

The Creation of Adam
The Creation of Adam

PL 3

PL 4

Satan plots revenge
Satan plots revenge
Shame
Shame
Cast out from Eden
Cast out from Eden

PL 8

The Flood
The Flood
Turning Water to Wine
Turning Water to Wine

PL 12

PL 13

Ascension
Ascension
Older and Wiser
Older and Wiser

As you can see from the photos, the sets and costumes are wonderfully detailed.  And the second time around I was able to see many things I missed at the first show, like the baby Moses floating in the basket of reeds, and a grown-up Moses turning the water to wine before parting the Red Sea.

Again, kudos to the creators for crafting such a well-done production.  A one-of-a-kind experience in SL!

Dance Companies Getting Noticed

One of the things I want to do with this blog is to keep you up-to-date with what’s going on in the ‘dance world’ in SL.  I’ve blogged about some amazingly creative new shows – Le Cirque de Nuit and Paradise Lost.

Both shows have gotten rave reviews, and I would encourage you to see them both.  Le Cirque is scheduled for encore performances on April 19th at 7 and 10pm SLT.  Be sure to get there as soon as the sim opens (1 hour prior to showtime).  When I saw it, the sim was full in 3 minutes.  3 MINUTES!!

Paradise Lost has shows scheduled into June, but tickets are selling fast.  Paradise Lost has also garnered the attention of LL – currently it is listed as an editor’s pick under the Destination Guide.

Both of these shows are amazing – and bringing attention to the creativity, skills, and vision of the wonderful people in the SL dance community.

Run, don’t walk, to see these shows!!

Paradise Lost

On Sunday, I attended a performance of ‘Paradise Lost’ by the Basilique Performing Arts Company.  I’d been to their production of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and was curious to see their newest effort.  I mean, John Milton isn’t exactly for the faint of heart!  🙂  I’d seen all kinds of comments and previews (including one by the DraxFiles), so I was really eager to witness it for myself.

I bought my ticket (something I debated about for some time).  It was a new experience for me to attend a show in SL where I had to purchase a ticket – especially at $1000L.  That seemed a little steep for a show I wasn’t sure I would enjoy.

But I took the plunge.  I got my ticket, my angel avatar, enabled RLV, and I was all set.  (The show uses RLV to change your avatar from angel to demon form and back at various scenes in the show.)  Canary Beck’s blog (find it here) gave some detailed instructions for how to set up your computer for the best experience (even if your computer isn’t that great, which mine isn’t).

On Sunday, I reviewed the set up instructions, put on my angel avatar, and headed for the show.  I was the first to arrive (which was a little scary!), but I found a seat and waited eagerly.  I planned to record the show, and at the beginning, as people started arriving, my FPS was hovering around 18 (not great, but not terrible).

The show started and I began to record.  From the beginning, I had troubles.  Lucifer’s angel form never did rezz in all the way for me.  As she changed into demon form, the avatar appeared to be missing pieces.  I tried doing a texture refresh – nothing.  I tried playing with my graphics settings, reducing the quality, etc.  As other demons began appearing in the scene, my FPS dropped to less than 5.

Ouch.

I quickly decided to quit filming and just try capturing some still photos.  After playing around with the graphics settings on the fly, I was able to get a decent view of the show.  I still had a few issues (the biggest one for me being that the ‘God’ avatar continually appeared like this:

Squat God

instead of like this:

Image source: canarybeck.com
Image source: canarybeck.com

I’m not sure what the issue is or how to fix it, although I’ve had the same problem at other shows.  A performer will wear a non-human avatar (like an elephant), and then when I see them next in another scene, their human avatar is deformed.  The only way I’ve been able to fix it previously was to tp out and back in to the sim – something that wasn’t an option with Paradise Lost, as the event is closed once it starts.

Computer issues aside, it was an amazing show!  The avatars were marvelously well-detailed and the scenery and lighting were gorgeous.  Paradise Lost begins with the fall of the angel Lucifer, the creation of the world and Adam and Eve.  It follows with the temptation of Eve with the apple and Adam and Eve’s fall from grace.  They are expelled from the Garden of Eden and must face the hardships of life.  An angel comes to Adam and shows him glimpses of the future, including Noah and the ark, the Last Supper, and the crucifixion of Christ.

It was truly ‘immersive’ theater – not only did my avatar change form during the show, the seats would disappear and the audience would be part of the chorus dancers, participating in the show.

A word of warning – if you are offended by nudity, this may not be the show for you.  I’m no prude, but watching the fornication of Adam and Eve (along with the angels and the audience) seemed somehow – wrong.  A crucial part of the story, to be sure, but I was still a little taken aback.

The show itself was amazing and, I think, truly ground-breaking in SL.  It will be interesting to see reactions from other audience members.

If you have the L$ – go see the show!

 

It’s Almost Friday!

I’m really looking forward to seeing ‘Paradise Lost’ this weekend!  And after seeing this video from the Drax Files about the production, I’m even more excited.

Take a look:

If the embedded video doesn’t show for you, click here for the link.

I can’t wait!!

Paradise Lost

I love going to shows in SL.  I came across Canary Beck, the Basilique Theater, and Paradise Lost quite by accident.

I originally went to their production of Romeo and Juliet.  It was a lovely performance, but the dancer in me kept saying, ‘No – do it this way.  Use this.’

I started following Canary’s blog (check it out here) and heard about ‘Paradise Lost.’  It looks to be a spectacular performance and they are doing lots of very interesting things, including selling tickets to the show, as well as providing an avatar for the audience to wear. (To help cut down on lag – what a spectacular idea!)

I must admit, this is the first time I’ve ever paid admission to a show in SL (and a pricey ticket for me at $1000L).  However, I am really looking forward to the show.

I have a ticket for the show on April 6, so I will report back after I have seen the show.