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Review: SLDC’s Epic Final Performance of Wishes and Dreams

I’m late giving a review of Spirit Light Dance Company’s most recent production, Wishes and Dreams, but finally sitting down to jot down my thoughts.  Running since the Fall of last year, it’s reign recently ended.  And I must say that it’s like what I wrote in the title of this post.  The performance that I saw was epic in nature.  For the limitations that exist inside of Second Life, SLDC’s performances are cutting edge and engaging.  It’s a vibrant, pulsing experience that is really not to be missed.  If you’re one who has not had the pleasure of sitting in the audience inworld as they perform, you’re missing out!  YouTube videos are great and I’m thankful for them, but there’s nothing quite like having the experience inworld as it’s done live on the stage.

It had been a while since I last attended a performance and so I hadn’t realized that they now charge for their performances and it’s necessary to reserve your seat ahead of time.  It is in every way money well spent and though I won’t admit this out loud….I’d definitely pay more than the modest amount I paid for two tickets.

Wishes and Dreams was Disney-themed and I don’t know many who wouldn’t be moved by a good majority of the songs they danced to in this production.  Some of the pictures I took below will lead to videos on YouTube produced by Pia Klaar.

Songs like Pinnochio’s, When you Wish Upon a Star.

Wishes - When you wish upon a star 2 - Pinnochio

 

Or The Lion King’s Circle of Life:

Wishes - Circle of Life - Lion King 2

As you can see above, the sets and the costumes tend to be vividly colorful and they go perfectly with the music and the choreography to help the audience to merge into the performance with the dancers on the stage.  There is much in the spirit of the movements and the music, the lights and the sounds.  I had such a huge smile on my face when You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story began:

Wishes - You've Got a Friend in Me - Toy Story

And I was moved and more than a little wistful as Feed the Birds played out before my eyes:

Wishes - Feed the Birds - Mary Poppins

 

There was a Disney-themed dance after the performance and I had a chance to speak briefly with Caryl Meredith, head genius behind what the spirited dancers do, while we gleefully danced to fun tunes.  Very few of us were ready to leave after such an amazing performance so having a dance right after was brilliant.  The Company has been through all sorts of trials and tribulations as it is what happens when trying to put on complicated productions inside of Second Life.  She had this to say about the final performance of Wishes and Dreams, “We have performed this show under some really awful SL glitches…but today was good.  It was amazing to watch it when everything went as we had planned…It just validates all our work and the belief that we are on the cutting edge of a new art form.

I can attest that it is definitely an art form and a wholly entertaining new art form.   Caryl wished that everyone could have seen the show go as smoothly as it did on the final night and I feel remarkably blessed to have seen it!  Though I couldn’t get out of her at that time what the next production is to be, I do know they are already working on it.  Keep your eyes open for their next performance because you’ll need to grab tickets to one while you can!

Wishes - Everybody Wants to Be a Cat 2 - Aristocats

From Disney’s Aristocats.  Such good stuff!  Tell me that doesn’t make you want to see the next performance!