About Avilon and the Arts

“We open our arms and our lands to those in seek of a varied, balanced set of activities mixed with a culture of creativity, community and sharing. We encourage interaction with other like-minded sims and organizations to continue to offer an enhanced experience for those seeking just a bit more. “ …..Dame Juniper Darrow, a trustee and knight of Avilion, fae mother and patroness of the merballet.

Read more here About Avilion and the Arts .

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ACT: Review “The Unicorn Tapistries”

A Review of ‘The Unicorn Tapestries’ performed on May 22

“Words don’t begin to capture the magic.”

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“The ever-talented members of ACT took to the stage once again to combine history, art, music and dance in its production of ‘The Unicorn Tapestries’. Fair maidens and stalwart knights abounded, but instead of jousts and battles, six tapestries woven in Flanders at the beginning of the 16th century provided the focus for the tale. What a treat to watch as the company spun their story around the warp and weft of the glorious Lady and the Unicorn tapestries! It’s the company’s ability to combine meticulously researched historical fact, music, original narrative, dance and then apply their own brand of magic to delight—and inform—an audience.”

Extracted from this week’s Chronicle, article written by Sister.

 

 

ACT: The Unicorn Tapestries

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On Sunday, May 22nd, ACT will premiere a new work entitled, “The Unicorn Tapestries,’ which will be performed in conjunction with the Avilion Unicorn Quest in Avilion. The play itself was adapted by Bajoy from source materials relating to the tapestries and from Tracy Chevalier’s compelling work of historical fiction, “The Lady and the Unicorn.’ The stage play presents an account of how the famous tapestries (probably woven in Brussels in the late 15th century) may have come into existence. The audience attending will witness a type of ‘play within a play.’ as each of the characters on the stage ends up in one way or another depicted in the tapestries.

In actual fact, the six tapestries on which the play is based, are now housed at the Cluny Museum in Paris. Five of the six are thought to represent the five human senses, while the sixth shows a lady putting away a necklace in a jewelry box. One interpretation of this tapestry is that she is rejecting the passions that the senses can arouse.

Queen Elizabeth introduces the Unicorn Quest

Following the play, Queen Elizabeth 1 appears with a unicorn to introduce a Unicorn Quest in which playgoers are encouraged to search Avilion for items from the tapestries following poetic clues.

*The Prologue for ‘The Unicorn Tapestries’

‘ The Lady and the Unicorn’
by Bajoy

In a time when the earth was younger than it is today
When the wind blew softly, rustling the leaves of gnarled trees that kissed the dawn
When the sun rose on a world fresh with dew and the scent of wildflowers..
In that long ago age of legends, a noble creature freely roamed the woodland—
The unicorn.

Stately— with the pride born of a noble lineage,
The unicorn had no master, knew no fear,
Had no enemy to disturb its graceful presence in the land
In all creation, who could rival it
in beauty of form, in purity of heart, or in wisdom of the olden ways?

Over the years, many sought it—but few were rewarded.
Once a hunter crossing the wasteland swore he caught a glimpse of a unicorn.
Another— a king— told tales of one standing still as a statue on the edge of the wildwood.
But always…the vision was ephemeral—-like a fleeting dream gliding across silver moonlit pools.

The wise know—
There is only one who can find and tame the unicorn.
Only one who can match it in purity of heart and beauty of soul.
Maybe her name is Mary or Jane
Perhaps it is Erin or Beth,.
But in every generation—
a lass who believes in legends,
who is not yet broken by the world,
who commits to truth with quiet calm,
can seek her heart’s desire—
and find it in the unicorn.

Cast for ‘The Unicorn Tapestries’

The Unicorn –  Amza Hydraconis
The Girl – Sere Timeless
Nicholas  Layne Thomas
Claude – Pipit Peacedream
Genevieve – Sere Timeless
Beatrice-  Iddy Schmooz

Cast for ‘The Unicorn Quest’

Queen Elizabeth – Kat
Her Unicorn – Chrys O’Colla

Artistic Team

Director – Bajoy
DJ – Moon Aerandir
Sets – Layne Thomas
Poster – Pipit Peacedream
Program, Furnishings & Tapestries – Sere Timeless
Quest Design – Vill and the Bards
Prize Design – Chrys O’Colla
Sountrack – Bajoy
Voices – Bajoy, Eala, Iddy, Layne, and Pip

AMBCo invited to perform for Men-in-Motion

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The Avilion Merballet Company is honored and thrilled to have been invited to guest appear regularly at the Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Our debut performance will be a special event called “Men in Motion”which will feature all male dancers from various outstanding dance groups,  including our very own mermen of Avilion, choreographed and led by JP Damien.  Stay tuned for a confirmed date and time to mark your calendars!

Read more here:

https://phoenixdanceteam.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/the-avilion-merballet-company

About Phoenix Dance Team:

We are a newly formed team only established in November 2015. We’re a tightly knit team of dancers and creators born from the ashes of the fiery passion we all share for dancing. We are dedicated to friendship and respect within every aspect of our lives. If you are interested in being a part of this amazing team or interested in being a guest dancer during our shows, please contact one of our talented members. We have performances twice a month at 6pm as well as practices for those shows the Tuesday before the show time. To keep up when and where we perform, please visit either our website and/or facebook page.

Website: https://phoenixdanceteam.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SLPhoenixDanceTeam

AMBCo Makes Waves at Fantasy Faire

cb039545b56fac364725269a4033d808The Avilion MerBallet Company Makes Waves at Fantasy Faire

On Friday, April 29th (3 pm) and Saturday, April 30th (7pm) , the Avilion Mer Ballet performed at Fantasy Faire in support of the American Cancer Foundation. To an enthusiastic reception, they shared a medley of dances from many of their shows both past and present, including: ‘The Dreaming Tree’ (2014), ‘The Music Box’ (2015) and ‘Dawn of Miracles’ (2016). They also danced favourites that were originally designed for the Poseidon’s Ball and Relay For Life Events. Mercows, Merdragons, and Mermen dancing on the streets of New York City, plus many more, were cheered by those attending.

Congratulations to the dancers who  performed and the crew who assisted in this wonderful show.

Extracted from the Chronicle, article written by Lady Bajoy Resident .