Saturday, August 30, 2014

Make Sure to Catch a Performance of Paradise Lost, One of the Best Second Life Events Ever Staged



Benja and I caught a performance of Paradise Lost, a three-part multimedia event based on the epic poem of the same name by John Milton, that is currently being held at The Basilique, on Sunday.  It was  incredibly good and something that I will always remember.

There are only a few performing arts events that I have attended in my lifetime in the real world that made such a memorable impact. My advice to you is to purchase a ticket for one of the 7 remaining events over at Second Life Marketplace since performances will sell out. You can catch more information about how to purchase a ticket further down in this review.



Paradise Lost is the biblical story of man's fall from grace and banishment from the Garden of Eden, and subsequent history, as told from an English 17th century Protestant perspective. It is considered one of the seminal works of the English language. The performance in Second Life however is mature in nature, very entertaining, and would probably shock your average Sunday School teacher with its interpretation.

You can read a synopsis of the Second Life performance here:

http://paradiselostsl.wordpress.com/synopsis/



The performance, which is in three parts with intermissions and about an hour and 10 minutes long,  is set to the magnificent music of Mozart's Requiem,  This piece of music is highly dramatic and  is one of my favorites, Mozart's Requiem has a rapid tempo and has a surprisingly modern sound to it.

I put one of my favorite versions of the requiem up on my Google drive for you to download if you want to hear it before the event. Two versions, conducted by the great conductor Bruno Walter in 1956 and Sir George Solti in 1991 have an intensity that many modern versions simply miss can be downloaded here:

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B1tD0yifdiZUXzZ0TFR5Vnlic3M&usp=sharing


How to Purchase Tickets:

Tickets are $1,000 Linden each and are well worth it.

Here are the remaining dates for performances in 2014.  The performance time is 1:30 PM SLT.

September 7, 21
October 5, 11, 19, 25

You can purchase tickets here on Second Life Marketplace:
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/157622



 Instructions on how to attend the event:

The audience is part of the performance.  I am not going to ruin the surprise and say any more about this, but prepare to be amazed.

Once your ticket arrives, unpack it, and wear the four-piece angel avatar only to the performance. Make sure to follow the instructions given to you on the notecard, and remember to arrive on time.

Instructions for attending the event can also be found here:
http://paradiselostsl.wordpress.com/faq

Landing Point (the performance venue is a short walk):
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Our%20Island/111/123/24



Important:

Make sure to enable RLV in the Firestorm viewer for best lighting effects before you attend the performance. You can do this by going to preferences, finding the Firestorm tab, and making sure the top box, allow Remote Scripted Viewer Controls (RLVa) is checked.

You can download the most recent version of the Firestorm viewer, which was released on August 17, here:
http://www.firestormviewer.org/downloads/

You will need to relog in order for this to take effect, so plan to do this before you arrive.

Remember to uncheck this box once the event is over if you do not usually have it checked.



Links:

Official Program:
http://paradiselostsl.wordpress.com/

Canary Beck (Becky) web site, excellent for information and insights. She also has a listing of all the bloggers and publications which have covered the event:
http://canarybeck.com/

The performance venue, The Basilique is a gorgeous destination. You can catch my full review here:
http://eddihaskell.blogspot.com/2014/04/great-second-life-destinations_18.html












The Drax Files has a great video of the performance, and interviews with artist Canary Beck.



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