Monday, October 12, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sleeping Beauty stage

Inspired in Queluz Palace, in baroque style.

Sleeping Beauty by Silken Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty Ballet is one of the most well known of all classical ballets. It is performed worldwide by almost all major ballet companies .
Tchaikovsky wrote the music for this ballet by the director of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.

The Rose Adagio
One of the most famous solos is the Rose Adagio which will see today.
Technically it is not a solo as Aurora dances with other dancers, yet it is considered to be such because she does the most difficult dancing. In this tour de force the ballerina must execute very exacting balance moves. Each pass becomes exceedingly more difficult beginning with developee (leg extensions) and balancing arabesques.
Since Sleeping Beauty is a ballet dedicated to showing the skills of the prima ballerina, the most famous female ballet stars have tackled it. Some ballerinas more than others, however, have made their mark as Aurora as Siry Ember that we will watch today as Silken Ballet’s Aurora.
Some of the animations we are going to see were copied exactly from the real life choreography by Petipa and made for Silken Ballet.

The artistic conception and coreography of Sleeping beauty were executed by Geneta Babii and Siry Ember.
Prajna Vella and Babylon Sierot were responsible for the scripting, building and technical issues.
We thanks to Ephemera Designs for creating an exclusive wardrobe for this ballet.
Silken Ballet is presently formed by 11 dancers from which 6 are RL ballet dancers.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Peter and Wolf opening June 2009

Peter and the Wolf makes part of a bigger Silken Ballets production that includes Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake extracts. These two last pieces will be presented next July, since the animations, costumes and stage design are much more elaborate.

In 1936 Sergei Prokofiev was commissioned by the Central Children's Theatre in Moscow to write a new musical symphony for children. The intent was to cultivate "musical tastes in children from the first years of school". Intrigued by the invitation, Prokofiev completed Peter and the Wolf in just four days.

Each character in the story has a particular instrument and a musical theme.

Prokofiev's story has a rather gruesome ending, with the wolf being killed, but Silken Ballet has chosen a more ecological interpretation, so as to remind everyone of the importance of all species. In this short, one act performance, wolf becomes friends with all the other characters.

We are delighted to introduce the musical interpretation of one of the best flute beatbox musicians, Greg Patillo, who kindly allowed us to use his music.

Artistic direction by Geneta babii and Babette Kaniuk
Technical direction, scripting, building and sculpty masks by Prajna Vella
Costumes were conceived by Ephemera Designs.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Romeo & Juliet

For anyone who hasn't seen Silken Ballet's Romeo & Juliet production yet, here is a short video promo that one of our friends produced for us:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The biggest audience ever...almost 100 people came to watch Romeo and Juliet

On 10th May at Second Life Opera, Silken Ballets presented Romeo and Juliet, due to an enormous presence of people, we are going to repeat the show everyday of the next week. Please join the group for announcements and thank you to all.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Romeo and Juliet promotional video

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Romeo and Juliet opening in May 2009

Romeo and Juliet was written early in the career of playwright William Shakespeare about two young "star-cross'd lovers. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and one of his most frequently performed plays.

Romeo and Juliet has been adapted numerous times for stage, film, ballet and opera.
In Silken Ballet Romeo and Juliet will be shown as a timeless love story, where only the discovery of love, excitment and passion will be focused.
Oceanid Aeon and Sankar Mornington, the youngest ballet dancers in our company will bring to Second Life the most famous love in history.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Saturday, August 30, 2008

New Season for Silken Ballet - Grand Opening with MayUra,

If there is a reason to see the spectacular ballet "Mayura" it certainly should be for graceful exotic movemets and the glorious outfits created by Ephemera Designs exclusively for Silken Ballet. The choreography by Babette Kaniuk and Babylon Sierot has been inspired by the movements of peacocks in an indian palace.

Join your group for the MayUra show calendar.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Teal Freenote photographs Silken Ballet

An exceptional SL photographer published her photos of Silken Ballets, Midisummer Night´s Dream during the show at Pat O'Brian French Quarter.

For more of her work visit:

Silken Ballets in SL Culture Magazine

An article with five pages in:

The best critic we could ever have!

Portugal Sim with Silken Ballets - June 2008

A beautiful night with portuguese friends that received Silken Ballets in their sim. Here the link for a video made by Leonor Abramovic from pictures by Raziel. Thanks to both for this present.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Silken Ballets in Viena was announced like this.....

"We are proud to present you one of the most fascinating perfomances on the Grid,
a Real live BAllet performs on our Festival stage “The Eye” a Virtual replica of the Brgenzer Seefestpiel Bühne. 7 Dancer some in the 3 Generation Dancer use second life Austria City Sim to make their art more public around the world.
Friday 9.May 13.00 SL-Time (22.00 CET)"

By metacowboy

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Next Show - Romeo and Juliet (short piece)

Romeo and Juliet is a ballet by Sergei Prokofiev based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. Music from the ballet was extracted by Prokofiev as three suites for orchestra and as a piano work.
Prokofiev's efforts resulted in suites from the music being heard in Moscow and the United States, but the produced ballet actually premiered in Brno, Czechoslovakia, on 30 December 1938.

At Versailles for the Beltrane day comemorations

GB dancer and public relations for the Silken Ballet

Our Technical Director, Prajna Vella

Technical Director (also called a TD) is responsible for some of computer animation and visual effects of our company.
Prajna has developed all the dance huds and light effects, he is also responsible for music mixing and streaming.

Babylon Sierot in SHEHERAZADE before she joined Silken Ballets

Babylon was an absolute revelation as Zobeide before she joined Silken Ballet. She arched and twisted into amazing shapes and her split jumps, with the rear leg arching upwards as the jete seemed to hold its breath, were gorgeous. She was a girl out to play whilst the Sultan was away and she oozed sex appeal from every pore.

Babette Kaniuk, one of the first dancers

I was trained in the following professional subjects: classical ballet, pas de deux, repertoire, acting, historical ballroom dances, modern dance, music, dance history, history of music and arts.
For presentations please contact me or any other dancer from Silken Ballet .

Babette Kaniuk claimed to be too busy to provide a synopsis of herself, and she is too. Busy anywhere there is 'living' happening. You will see that life reflected in her dances and in the choreographic novelties she seems ever able to find. You will find her the life of the party or completely absorbed in something to the exclusion of all else. This is also carried over into her dancing, which combines aspects of both. The company is very proud to have her spirit as part of it and is pleased to encourage her to explore and express these aspects of herself.

Silken Ballets Artistic Director

Babylon Sierot has recently joined the Silken Ballet company. Distinguishable from the other ballerinas by her unusual technique, she has developed a deeper understanding and expression of the classics. Babylon is also Zobeide in "Scheherazade".

Midsummer Night's Dream

Turning The Play Into A Ballet

When beginning to choreograph a ballet based on a play the choreographer must take into account the opportunities and limitations that exist for animations in Second Life. In the case of A Midsummer Night's Dream, choreographer Babylon Sierot has chosen to concentrate on the central section of Shakespeare's play, the realm of the faries. It is in the world of these ethereal beings that she feels dance best lends itself to expanding the story. Although some of the complexities of the written word may be lost, the magic, grace and humor of the play find a sure ally in dance. The grace and lightness one associates with a fairy such as Titania are qualities that classical dancers aspire to as well. Dance has also been integrated into these scenes in many versions of the play.

Our first opening happened in Versailles with an incredible audience that requested a second presentation

Friday, May 2, 2008

Second Life Silken Ballets

SL Silken Ballets was launched in 2008, under the direction of artistic director Babyllon Sierot. The group totals 5 dancers and during the 2008-2009 season will perform Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet and a classical piece based on indian dances.

Dedicated to promoting the awareness and appreciation of dance throughout all the communities of Second Life. All members of this company are or were dancers in real life.

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