ZeroG Dancers, some reflections

I treated my avatar to the latest performance by DanCoyote Antoneli and the Zero Gravity Dancers.  It was my first encounter with Hyperformalism and I left the sim feeling enthralled.Immersed in ZeroG DancersFor me there is that occasional experience of transcendence, in life, during a performance–when time seems to stop. During one moment of the Sky Dancers I was so transported, completely immersed in the sound, movement and light. This was a pleasant suprise as I had Zero expectations. Honestly it was my first experience of a performance in Second Life. I wanted to be open to something completely new–and I was not disappointed.The Pods openThis view from above inspired some vertigo as I swirled my camera viewpoint around to capture the action. I am still trying to master this Second Life power of moving our perspective. This, along with the transparencies of the set and costumes, are delightfully disorienting. Where do you watch? So, the placement and design of the ‘house’–where the audience sits–is a very interesting consideration.  The seating glowed with color during the performance, the seats which were occupied changed colors. It is a wonderful audience lighting technique. As I try to remember and reflect upon the experience I cannot specifically recall this effect during the performance from the point of view of the avatar.  I became aware of it as I tried to take some snapshots. (Which poses the fundamental duality of the avatar and the human puppeteer in the experience.)  Nevertheless, at the moments of seamlessness between my avatar and myself, there were many wonderful moments.Zero G Dancers whispering by The sweetly ephemeral and delicate moving textures and scripts moved me more because there was an avatar within.  This is certainly more compelling, complicated and engaging than a scripting organ of some kind.  The excitement of SL is the presence of real people engaged in their immersion, and making the experience even more immersive.  So we contribute to the immersion by being present with each other.I’m sure I missed most of the performance!  Or, better said, I could see it over and over again.  The depth of the textures, animated by the dancers, coupled with the refreshing thematic changes in the music, kept me rapt.  Scenically the transparent ‘ground’ and the shapes looming as the backdrop provided a sense of presence. Scenic environment   The sense of watching and of being watched goes back to the duality of an agentavatar embodying me in some way.  The entire sense of boundaries between public and private has become more fluid in this 3D world.  Intimacies are encountered as unexpectedly as barriers. In one of my attempts to see the performance I zoomed out to see the choreographer watching it all from above.Points of viewI was watching him watch us watch the performance. He may have been orchestrating as well. These multiple simultaneous perspectives deepen the immersion and challenge our typically myopic view point, which we bring from FL. I find it creates an empathy when I encounter someone or something new in SL. It draws my curiosity to look from different advantage points. The variety and orchestration of the performance engaged me laterally.This non-linear experience was visceral in the moment and then lingers as I reflect. I felt I achieved a certain weightlessness during the performance, as the dancers flew around.WeightlessnessIn the end I have to say that it was just a lot of fun. I would have liked to have a program note card so i could refer to it. After the bows:BowsIt felt very much like the conclusion of a performance in RL: DanCoyote joined us, dancers and designers hung around, there were many collaborators present, avatars transported away. i enjoy these moments of familiarity intertwined within the virtual world. I think that is why so many of us reproduce elements of FL in SL–to give us a portal of the familiar into the unknown. I sense that the art forms evolving in SL have only begun to entice us into new worlds of consciousness and experience.My avatar stands to teleport