Sunday, October 25, 2015

2015 VID: MUSIC: STAGE: The Drax Files: Paradise Lost. "We have forgotten how to play"

The Drax Files: Paradise Lost.  
"We have forgotten how to play"
In John Milton's "Paradise Lost", underscored by Mozart's Requiem in D Minor and enacted with avatars in 43 roles, the global audience becomes part of the story in real time as well: they are inside the ever-changing sets, experience the flood, Eve's tempting, God's wrath, they laugh, they cry and dance with the protagonists while they themselves change costumes, magically, from angels to devils and back to their true avatar identities. 

"We have forgotten how to play, how to have fun!" says Canary Beck and elaborates on why the Metaverse is the place to do just that: "Second Life is like merging Photoshop with a Holodeck" she says and her partner Harvey Crabsticks adds: "...it is a playground to experiment, where all the elements are programmable!"
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    And clearly: the type of immersive show the two have produced is pushing the envelope for theatrical presentation in virtual worlds, creating an exciting new precedent for what digital theatre can look and feel like.
    In John Milton's "Paradise Lost", underscored by Mozart's Requiem in D Minor and enacted with avatars in 43 roles, the global audience becomes part of the story in real time as well: they are inside the ever-changing sets, experience the flood, Eve's tempting, God's wrath, they laugh, they cry and dance with the protagonists while they themselves change costumes, magically, from angels to devils and back to their true avatar identities.
    And there is an even deeper connection between the Second Life experience and so-called "real" life: half of all ticket sales to Paradise lost go to The World Wildlife Fund to help support the adoption of Ihoho, a baby Rwandan Mountain Gorilla who is losing his paradise in the wild.
    One thing is clear: something like this is positively not doable on Broadway!

    Paradise lost

    "We have forgotten how to play, how to have fun!"  I hear that often in virtual worlds.  But in the past tense.  In the present tense it is: "I learned again how much fun it is to play."  
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    “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation...   Henry David Thoreau -
    I will not claim that childhood is paradise, but forgetting how to play is a loss of something valuable.  The rediscovery of how to play is what makes virtual worlds so valuable to the citizens of the metaverse. 


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