Cica’s Sunny Day in Second Life

Cica Ghost: Sunny Day

“It is the artist’s business to create sunshine when the sun fails.” So wrote Romain Rolland in La Foire sur la place (1908), the fifth book in his 10-volume novel Jean-Christophe (written between 1904 and 1912). It is the story of the life of a great German musician forced by circumstance to live in exile and it’s also the quote Cica Ghost has selected to place with her installation Sunny Day, which opened on June 9th, 2018.

“I liked the quote,” Cica says of Rolland’s words – and indeed they suit the installation admirably. This is a place that is bound to bring the sunshine of a smile to visitor’s lips and have them warmed by its whimsy and delight. But the quote also – by chance it would seem – might also reflect the broader of the theme of Jean-Christophe.

Cica Ghost: Sunny Day

From the landing point, visitors are invited along a series of offshore blocks and over a wooden walkway – beware of the great fish that seem ready to gobble the unwary should they stand on the walkway too long. On the landward side, a gateway bordered either side by flowers bids visitors to enter a little town of a most unusual kind.

This is a place where finger-like houses rise alongside lollypop trees, and the locals add their own splashes of colour as they stand outside homes or carry out duties such as tending goats, picking flowers or simply having fun. A pancake car, its shape reminiscent of a Volkswagen Beetle rolls around the single road surrounding the town while fish atop unicycle like poles rolls back and forth on large tyres. It is, in a word, a fanciful place.

Cica Ghost: Sunny Day

The whimsy continues up in the sky, where two suns pulsate with happy smiles on their faces, while towards the back of the town a giraffe awaits those who would ride upon its back, and a sea monster keeps an eye on all who come and go from the waters to the south-east.

While Cica might not always be present in person, what might be her double – albeit without her usual black dress – can be found outside the Cat Shop to the north-east. With a basset hound on a leash beside her, she invites people into the open-sided store, where Cica’s delightful cats (introduced with 50 Cats – see here for more) can be found and purchased.

Cica Ghost: Sunny Day

As noted, this is a setting that reflects the literal meaning of the Rolland quote: it is nigh-on impossible to pass through Sunny Day without feeling warmed by its light and sense of fun. As with all of Cica’s builds, be sure to mouse around, as there are several ways in which you can become a part of the setting. But how might it also reflect themes from Jean-Christophe, however accidentally?

Well, simply this: look closely at the characters scattered around the setting. There is a character with pointed ears, another is a neko. others are quite “ordinary” looking, while a white angel is easy to spot. All of them might be thought of as reflecting we, the denizens of Second Life.  And Second Life is a country  – of sorts – in which circumstance encourages us to spend time, just as circumstance (albeit it of a different flavour) forced Rolland’s protagonist, Jean-Christophe Krafft, to live his life in countries other than his own.

Cica Ghost: Sunny Day

A tenuous reflection? Perhaps – and I leave it to you to determine whether you find it valid (I’m of course overlooking Rolland’s re-examination of Beethoven’s life through Jean-Christophe) – but if you do nothing else, do make sure you visit Sunny Day and enjoy the its warmth and light.

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This Weekend in Second Life Dance

Winds of the Sahara - June 6 2018

(This week’s showcase performer is Lynxa Wilde)

Hi there. R. Crap Mariner, your long-lost dance correspondent.

I’ll be posting dance performance schedules, similar to Inara’s posts about Seanchai Library readings.

Let’s get started, here’s the events that I saw on the calendar as of press time.

(All times SLT)

Burlesque Dolls - June 2 2018

Friday June 8 2018

6pm Elysium Cabaret

Elysium Cabaret – Welcome to the Weekend! If it’s Friday, it’s Elysium Cabaret! Fancy some imagination? In The Empire Room at Copperhead Road, every Friday at 6pm SLT the dynamic performers of Elysium Cabaret take the stage to bring you a solid hour of entertainment! Featuring elaborate sets and choreography sequenced to an eclectic genre of music, Elysium Cabaret offers something for everyone. Grab your friends and get their early because the sim fills. Come celebrate Friday! Welcome to the weekend!

10pm Guerilla Burlesque

This week we bring you our late Pit revue show filled with jaw dropping original dance performances! We welcome back some of our best original Guerilla dancers to the stage mixed with our newest members all brought together to make one hell of a kick ass show! If you like to stay up late this is the show for you too! At 10 pm we will continue to bring you all brand new acts that will take you up, up and away! Amazing set designs, mood stirring music as well as our beautiful Guerilla dancers! We are happy to have Chrissy Rhiano​ back directing the show this week! Something wonderful happens in the Pits come see for yourself! Doors open at 9 pm for the 10 pm show! Mark the dates, make your plans and get there early we have your seats ready!

Guerilla Burlesque - June 1 2018

Saturday June 9 2018

1pm Debauche @ Tryst Ballroom

Debauche returns once more to the absolutely gorgeous surrounding of the Tryst Ballroom. Such a grand, wonderful place to perform and we are REALLY looking forward to this one. Debauche – a little naughty, a lot sexy and ALWAYS CLASSY! Come join us and see for yourself – You know you want to 🙂

3pm Men In Motion

I know most of you have been waiting oh so patiently for this post… and well, today is your lucky day. This Saturday, mid afternoon, we are about to have our delights filled with some of Second Life’s most talented choreographers and dancers. They will take you into the depth’s of their mind to show you their vision of their dance. Some might take you into the jungle, some might have you relive high school days, some might even put you in a dark padded room.. when it’s all said and done, the fire department will be called and their hoses will be available to cool off any small fires that might be started.

5pm Burlesque Dolls

Come and enjoy an afternoon of some of the most exquisite and talented burlesque dancers on second life. The Burlesque Dolls will be gracing the stage at the Jefferson Opera house this Saturday at 5 SLT and invite you to join them as they pay tribute to the women of music. Enjoy the sensual tease by Lina, Queenie, Kyshra, Lynxa, Corri, Nara, Vanity and Alexis joined by the sensual tones of our irresistible Dj Diamonique. (Semi formal to formal dress please)

7pm Moulin Rouge

Description:LIVE – Disco Fever DATE: June 9, 2018, 7pm SLT The Moulin Rouge Revue will be presenting live a special disco show. We hope you come down and join us for a spectacular performance by our dancers to some fun, upbeat tunes! Hustle on down ready to boogie and strut your stuff with us for a retro good time.

7pm Paramount Grand Theatre

Description:Summer Nights! Paramount Grand Theatre’s brand new show of the year. Come join us for an evening of classy but sassy entertainment as we the Paramount Players dance for you, June 2nd & 9th at 7pm SLT. The Players are bringing on new and old routines for your enjoyment. Dancer’s Choice type of show!

8pm A&M Mocap Maniacs

Description:Our monthly Home Show, showcasing what you can do with A&M MOCAP Animation Workshop dance animations! Join us for the performances, stay for the totally FUN after party where our DJ will dance you on stage!

Sunday June 10 2018

7am Club Image

  1. Line up for this Sunday
  2. Misse Tigerpaw “Doll Play”
  3. Coyume Melod “Pure White”
  4. Setsuna Hirano “The cobweb”
  5. Diawa Bellic”Good Vibe” -NEW – with Nara

Team dance Yougao Destiny”Can’t stop the feeling!”

12pm Kiki’s Burlesque

No description, but if this is the same show I saw recently, it’s good.

12pm Oasis Dancers

Description:OOC Event, Goreans and Non-Goreans are welcome, no dress code.

12pm Spirit Light Company

Journey into the worlds of great painters over the last 150 years including Monet, Degas, and Chagall, Boudin, Matisse and Lautrec, to name only a few. SLDC uses dance as palette and brush to honour and celebrate
the artistic accomplishments of the masters.

You will be dazzled as the canvas of famous paintings is brought to life on stage where the two dimension become three in movement and dance.

You won’t want to miss this unique and amazing performance. Second Life is an artist’s canvas, a dancer’s world, and a musician’s hall, each without the limitations of the physical world and with the immense possibilities of a virtual world.

The programme is presented free of charge, however we expect large crowds so come early to assure access to the sim.

Dance is an Art
Paint your Dream and Follow it!
Steven Thompson

5pm Winds of the Sahara

Description:Each Sunday we have a shiny, new show at Winds of the Sahara. Our dances range from burlesque to performance art and you are sure to be amazed at all of the wonder that sets, costumes and music can create. We’ll put sparkles in your eyes and leave sequins on your shirt collars.

Check with the Dance Queens event calendar for updates and additions to the weekend’s schedule, as well as the many events that happen during the week.

Full disclosure: I perform with Guerilla Burlesque and Debauche.

Winds of the Sahara - May 13 2018