Something special from TerryLynn…

Pretty much everyone in SL knows and enjoys the music of the talented TerryLynn Melody. Her powerful, rich voice resonates in the hearts of those who hear her sing as her dynamic presence fills the hall with vibrant energy. We enjoy having her in at Ce Soir to sing, of course, but now and again we like to sit back and fall into the depths of her poetry. “Depths” is the right word, for her work is profoundly moving as personal reflections of her own experiences. We had the pleasure this past week again, and word has gotten round, for many came to join us at The Magic Tree Reading Spot, and it was clear that we all were captivated.

Not one to hesitate, TerryLynn dove right into the hour, and we followed as she made her way through a winding path of experiences from her childhood and youth, as well as more recently. All was related in her very expressive voice, touching and intimately present. Tone and inflection revealed every nuance of emotion, personal and profound; it was as if TerryLynn were revisiting those moments as she shared them. It was quite an hour, and it was cathartic for some – and I dare say, soul-stirring for all. Revealing the human spirit in its struggle with loss and pain – and its eventual triumph by its own sheer strength and perspicacity – is a thrilling, if now and again sobering, experience.

As I watched this event unfolding, I could not help but think that, “Ce Soir is made for this.” Indeed, the facing of truth and the exploration of beauty – and the expression of both by stark as well as nuanced means – is exactly why Ce Soir exists in the first place. People are our focus: eminently, completely, definitely, and TerryLynn‘s poetry makes the case. Thank you, TerryLynn, for sharing your most precious works, proving once more the power of the written – and spoken – word.

Look for more readings with TerryLynn at The Magic Tree. Come, discover yourself here and be inspired…tonight!

An encouraging review of “No Exit” by Dings Digital makes us smile!

No Exit at Ce Soir Arts
Photo by Dings Digital

Dings Digital reviewed our reprised presentation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s wonderful existentialist play, No Exit, on his blog. We feel quite honoured to have Dings‘ review, and hope that you will enjoy it as well. We so enjoyed producing and performing this wonderful play at Ce Soir Arts and look forward to many other plays and presentations at the Ce Soir Arts Théâtre in future.

Three outstanding photographs grace the page at Dings’ blog, Dings Digital’s Diary. One is posted here, depicting our three characters at a stalemate in their discussions. Thank you, Dings! See his blog here:

We thank fellow actors, B. Hemi and TerryLynn Melody (who is another of the multi-talented artists sharing her music and poetry in SL) as well for their work and artistry, and express our appreciation to those who joined us that evening for this second presentation of the play. The first presentation featured only university students and Mireille – and they did a fabulous job, each earning the accolades of attendees including their professor. Thanks again must go to Draco Luv of Luv Creations for his scripting of the knives we used in the play for both presentations, without which our closing scene would not have been so powerful.

More about the play…

Sartre’s dark, somewhat comedic, play is existentialist theatre at its best. The original title (“Huis Clos“) is the French equivalent of the legal term in camera, a reference to a private discussion held in private behind closed doors. We find it interesting that several English translations have been performed under the titles In CameraNo Way Out and Dead End. One other title caught our attention: Vicious Circle; that seems to fit well, as the three main characters (along with the diffident Valet) seem to run in circles, first vowing silence and alienation in their strange situation and then coming round to conversation and even deeply revealing confessions from their lives on earth – before becoming “absent,” as Estelle deemed to call their uncomfortable state of affairs (being dead). The play was first performed at Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in Paris in May 1944, and how we adore being in that company!

The play is a depiction of the afterlife in which the three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity. As such, it is the source of one of Sartre’s most famous and most often misinterpreted quotations, l’enfer, c’est les autres (“Hell is other people”), usually taken to refer to people in general. However, in the context of the play, it becomes clear that this rather vehemently stated fact (by Garcin, the central character in the ensemble) means that certain other people can indeed serve as the most effective form of hell for an individual. As intriguing as the interrelationships of Garcin, Inez, and Estelle are in this play, it is clear that they will struggle throughout eternity to manage living together in such hot, dry, isolated conditions – conditions that they have little or no control to change. Indeed, it is only by managing their own volatile emotions and actions can they dare to hope to find any peace at all.

To say that we enjoyed presenting Sartre’s No Exit in the Ce Soir Arts Théâtre is an understatement. Doing so has opened a completely new chapter in the life of Ce Soir. What a joy to work so freely with others who enjoy the genre. How wonderful to feel the encouragement of so many whom we admire. Look for more from Off-the-Shelf Productions at Ce Soir, and do let us hear from you if you have ideas about plays or other presentations. We know that one of our dear friends, Russell Eponym, is exploring Shakespearean soliloquys, and we cannot wait to see him on stage! We shall repeat Tea with Ted & Sylvia and have other presentations “in the works” with our own Off-the-Shelf Productions company.

Come see the théâtre at your leisure and do plan to join us for a producation soon!

This week at Ce Soir…

Following the simply stunning two-month exhibit of the outstanding sculpture of Nessuno Myoo, we are taking a short “art break” but a new exhibit will open soon…and it will be a beautiful expression from one of SL’s most talented artists! You will note that some of Nessuno’s works remain, especially Back to Home and Spirit of Mechanical Angel, both of which will remain permanent parts of Ce Soir. How could we not add these into our environment? They fit perfectly, and we love them!

Soon, there will be a special exhibit to showcase the works of all the artists who graced the Ce Soir Arts Gallery in 2012 – our first year! We look forward to this lovely retrospective of the year in art at Ce Soir; it is much more than that, however, as each unique artist has continued in their explorations and work. How wonderful it is to be a small part in that! In addition, look for more plays and readings at the theatre. Tea with Ted & Sylvia will be repeated and we will be presenting special holiday programming as well.

Sunday 11

7 PM TwinGhost Ronas

Tuesday 13

NOON Russell Eponym poetry recitation
Ce Soir (161,224,1001)
5 PM Therese Nightfire
6 PM Gina Stella
7 PM Paulette Oldrich

Wednesday 15

6 PM DennyMac
7 PM Steely Decosta

Thursday 15

2 PM JordanReyne Deezul
3 PM Russell Eponym
8 PM MoShang Zhao

Come, be inspired…tonight!

A new look for the blog…etc.

We are making a few changes at Ce Soir Arts. We knew we would eventually shift our focus (and have been doing so, almost imperceptibly, for some time now) to a sharper focus on poetry and theatre. This does not mean that music and art will no longer be featured at Ce Soir. On the contrary, there will be opportunities for music and art in more locales around the venue space, and in months to come there will be more theatrical productions featuring music and yes, art.

2013 will be quite an adventure, and we invite you to come along with us as we explore projects – some new and some that have been languishing in the attic gathering faery dust for awhile. Thrills and chills, dark romance, outrageous laughter, and elegance gentil shall be enjoyed. Paupers and kings, divas and ladies-in-waiting, artisans and technorati will enchant us with historical tales and adventures into the uncharted future…and those who participate will have names you know – and names you will come to know. And, who knows? Perhaps it will be your name on the marquee! We are open to ideas, so please leave a note if you like.

We like to support charitable causes, and will do so often; and as always, everyone is welcome. Attend a concert, poetry recitation, play, or workshop (yes, there will be some seminars too) – or just come to Ce Soir to relax, dance, and enjoy the ambience of the gardens at sunset. Things may be changing, but one thing will always remain the same: our love of Ce Soir, of Second Life, of all who come here to explore and share their gifts, and of all who come to enjoy and nourish their own vision and spirit.

Ce Soir…be inspired, tonight!

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Autumn arrives at Ce Soir – and what a first week we have in store!

We survived Mireille‘s birthday on 29 September with a rollicking great time with THE FOLLOW! Wow! What a great band! Creative and incredibly talented, this threesome sounds like ten musicians when they play! Rich bass, outstanding lead guitar, rhythmic drums and fabulous vocals make their show a must-see! Look for them again at Ce Soir, but seek them out elsewhere too – you’ve got to hear them! Not only are they excellent musicians, but they’re three of the finest people around. It was a great show, and Mireille was very, very happy! (Me too!) And then, Dragonfly and TwinGhost were scheduled for Sunday. Joel‘s voice was tired from a big week, so he took a break (we really missed him, but certainly understand) – but TwinGhost came on in and took the place by storm! What a great set, TG! He sang Mireille‘s fave for her birthday, even! (She and I both love “Live Again,” one of TwinGhost‘s very own compositions. It is an AMAZING song! Thank you, Twin!)

Now, it’s fully autumn, and we could not be happier to bid adieu to the searing heat of this past summer in the US. The big family wedding in the UK was a nice respite, but nothing beats the change of seasons for a cure! Those were some HOT summer blues, let me tell ya!

Anyway, we’re on to fall, and we’re very happy indeed. This week, for example, brings more goodness to Ce Soir for us all to enjoy! First, of course, is the continuing exhibit of Nessuno Myoo‘s fantastic sculpture. Found in the gallery and around the grounds, it’s stunning work of the highest calibre, so don’t miss it! What an honour to host such an artist here at Ce Soir. Thank you, Nessuno!

Deep Red Loop and Soul Strings Touch by Nessuno Myoo

We have plans for the theatre later in the month, as well as a rather spooky Halloween celebration in store…so, watch for more soon! For now, take a look at this week, and come on over!

Sunday 30

6 PM Dragonfly

7 PM TwinGhost Ronas

Monday 01

2 PM Saintess Larnia

3 PM Voodoo Shilton

4 PM Quantamis Navarathna

Tuesday 02

NOON Russell Eponym poetry recitation

6 PM Gina Stella

7 PM Paulette Oldrich

Wednesday 03

6 PM Steely Decosta

7 PM DennyMac

 Thursday 04

2 PM JordanReyne Deezul

3 PM Russell Eponym

6 PM TerryLynn Melody

7 PM Freestar Tammas

8 PM MoShang Zhao

Friday 05

NOON Sabreman Carter reads poetry

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