Dance Directory: Ballet Pixella

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Name of troupe:
Ballet Pixelle (r)

Inarra Saarinen, Founder & Artistic Director

Promotions Contact Person:

Name of troupe’s home venue:
Ballet Pixelle Theatre

SURL of troupe’s home venue:

Troupe blog or website URL:

Day and time of shows if regular or TBA (To be announced):
Wednesdays and Sundays at 5:00 pm during season

Troupe’s mission statement:
Ballet Pixelle’s goal is to explore the unique capabilities and interaction of movement in virtual and physical space and blended realities, and investigating and developing an aesthetic and vocabulary of virtual dance — whether it be by tiger, dragon, bird, or human.

Troupe’s bio (history):
Founded in 2006, Ballet Pixelle produces all original ballets, with Saarinen’s animations, choreography, and stories. The Company has produced 20 ballets to date.

Beginning with “Olmannen” (2007), we used non-human (real life controlled dragon) avatars with human ones. In “Degas Dances” (2009) , we had a human avatar dance with a machinima of herself. In “Avatara” (2010), choreography was set on both a human avatar and a human, and they danced together. In “one nine four two” (2010), multi-media and virtual realities were used to tell a dramatic story of WW II in a small town; these included historical video footage and photographs as well as effects that could only be produced in virtual reality. In “Archidance” (2011), we created graphical dance notation symbols (Labanotation) in 3D and had the dancers interact with them. We showed the first life key dancers and choreographers of the years, and in the final act showed our human avatars dancing with potential dancers of the future — dancebots. We have produced classical (“The Nut” 2007), neoclassical (“Les Couleurs de la Danse” (2012) and “Rhapsody in Red” 2013), and contemporary (“Phylogeny” 2008) dances. In “Chimera” (2015), we moved beyond the proscenium stage and danced in hovering globe environments.

We have performed live, in real or first life, in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Japan (Tokyo & Yokohama), and the USA (Los Angeles & New York City).

Ballet Pixelle has been in Dance Magazine as a “Company to Watch”, CCN, FOX news, numerous online magazines, and blogs. We won “Video of the Month” sponsored by Dance Meda for “Phylogeny” (2008). We have won an Avi Choice Award in Second Life and Ms Saarinen was a finalist as most creative person in Second Life.

See Ballet Pixelle in Wikipedia.

“dancing into the digital future”

An award-winning competitive Gorean dancer, Babypea entered mainstream SL performance dance in July 2012. She co-owns Elysium Cabaret, and often dances for other troupes as well, as a regular or a guest performer. The friendship and fellowship dance provides is as important to her as the creative expression of this amazing artistic medium.

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