Harleyquin Performances

A collection of past Harleyquin performances, the amazing dancers who made it possible, and a few favorite photos from the performance if available.

Apr 20, 2018 – One That I Want @ Elysium Cabaret
          Dancers: solo

Photographer:  chopper Gurbux

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Apr 15, 2018 – Greatest Show, This is Me, Million Dreams @ Moonstone/Lighting the Way
          Dancers: 
Greatest Show:  Delaney, Leila, Rose, Spice, <2>
Million Dreams:  Aspen, Nadi, Misha, Joy, <1>
This is Me: <6>

Photographer:  crap mariner (R)

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Apr 15. 2018 – One That I Want @ Winds
          Dancers:  solo

Apr 13, 2018 – Crowd Dance – Space @ Elysium
          Dancers:  err…everyone? 🙂

Apr 5, 2018 – Carousel @ Noir Neverland
          Dancers:  solo

Mar 30, 2018 – Still Standing @ Elysium
          Dancers:  Zena, Misha, Victory

Mar 28, 2018 – Dark Horse @ Apollo
           Dancers:  Nara, Gracie, Everleigh, nadi, Zena, Shayna, Destiny, Lina

Mar 25, 2018 – Echoes in Rain @ Inanna
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Mar 24, 2018 – Rock You Like a Hurricane @ Phoenix
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Mar 8, 2018 – Bone Dance @ Noir Neverland
           Dancers:  Nadi, Rose

Mar 4, 2018 – Sail Away/Facets @ Winds of the Sahara Cabaret
           Dancers:  solo

Feb 24, 2018 – The Greatest Show @ Elysium Matinee
           Dancers:  Cowgrl, Delaney, Leila, Spice, Rose, Laycie

Feb , 2018 – 9 to 5 @ Noir Neverland
           Dancers:  Gracie, Tristan, Neicho, Diamonte, …

Feb , 2018 – LaLaLa @ Winds of the Sahara Cabaret
           Dancers:  Victory, Gracie, …

Feb , 2018 – The Greatest Show @ Elysium
           Dancers:  Cowgrl, Delaney, Leila, Spice, Rose, Laycie

Photographer:  crap mariner (R)

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Feb, 2018 – 9 to 5 Remix/7 Dwarves

Photographer:  crap mariner (R)

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Jan, 2018 Crowd Dance

Photographer:  crap mariner (R)

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Dec, 2017 – Electric Dreams

Photographer:  crap mariner (R)

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Dec, 2017 – Electric Dreams

Photographer:  crap mariner (R)

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Nov, 2017 – Paint it Black

Photographer:  crap mariner (R)

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Nov, 2017 – Bedlam/Creep

Photographer:  crap mariner (R)

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Oct, 2017 – Bedlam/Creep

Photographer:  crap mariner (R)

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Nov 24, 2017 – 9 to 5 Remix/7 Dwarves
           Dancers:  Nick, Aelva, Elayn, Shadow, Cowgrl, Delaney

Photographer:  crap mariner (R)

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Lady Garden Cabaret - November 24 2017

Lady Garden Cabaret - November 24 2017

Lady Garden Cabaret - November 24 2017

Lady Garden Cabaret - November 24 2017

 

Sept, 2017 – Bedlam/Creep

Photographer:  crap mariner (R)

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See Me, Feel Me: In Sync, Mirrored, and Contrast

See Me, Feel Me.  A dance performance, generally RL, that touched me in some way, but I won’t go into detail how.  That’s for you to feel, to see, to listen for yourself.  I watch dance performances in SL, and in RL through videos.  I sink deep into them, how do I feel, how do I react to it, can I feel the movement, does it inspire me, or do I dislike it.  In turn, I believe it expands my own mind and creativity.

A story.  Emotion.  Push and pull.  The contrast in choreography.  Inspiration.  Wow.

What do you see?

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HQ Workshops are Back!

After a hiatus and a sim move, HQ workshops are available once again!  Thank you all who returned the surveys, a few changes have been made in direct response to your submissions!

So, what’s new?

  • The classroom and building areas have been redone, more space, more prims, and hopefully a fun and inspiring layout!
  • Workshops will be offered at 5 pm on Tuesdays, and another on the weekend – Sat or Sun at 12 pm.
  • New workshops have been added, and will continue to expand.
  • Based on a lot of feedback, pre-registration is on longer required.  Workshops have been restructured to accommodate.  Note: the sim will close to arrivals 5 minutes after the workshop start time.

Below are the workshops for March.  Check out https://harleyquinadventure.com/ for additional workshops through March!

Tues Mar 20th – 5 pm slt
An Introduction to Dance & Choreography in SL
Have the passion and desire to create your own dance, want to unveil the magic of how a choreographer creates, but not sure where to begin?  Together we cover those first steps, considerations, and building a strong foundation.

Sat Mar 24th – 12 pm slt
Performance Director Class 3:  Advanced, Making it Sing
** Requires experience in creating a full PD routine

Tues Mar 27th – 5 pm slt
The Smooth Dancer HUD – Focus on Foundation & Putting it to Work
** Requires the Spot On Smooth Dancer HUD

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A Sense of Order in a World of Chaos

You ever have that moment where you feel that all is under control, you know where you’re going, and everything is coming together beautifully?  I enjoy those .32657 seconds too!

As I contemplate the dances I need to work on…and the laptop cord my puppy chewed up…and lament that the new cord won’t be here until tomorrow {big dramatic sigh}, I consider the “chaos” and my need for order.

SL Lag & My inventory!

John Hammond: You’re right, you’re absolutely right. Hiring Nedry was a mistake, that’s obvious, we’re over-dependent on automation, I can see that now. Now the next time, everything’s correctable. Creation is an act of sheer will. Next time it’ll be flawless.
Ellie Sattler: It’s still the flea circus. It’s all an illusion.
John Hammond: When we have control again–
Ellie Sattler: You never had control! That’s the illusion! I was overwhelmed by the power of this place. But I made a mistake, too. I didn’t have enough respect for that power and it’s out now. The only thing that matters now are the people we love. Alan and Lex and Tim…John,they’re out there where people are dying. So…[takes a spoonful of ice cream;swallows] It’s good.

OK.  I’m giggling.  Either I’ve gone off the deep end (totally possible) or something struck a nerve.

If you enjoy creating anything in SL, performing, hosting, having wild sex romps, you know that control is an illusion.  We can’t control SL lag, which is one of the biggest beasts of all and has been the demise of more than one dance show.  We can’t control when the power goes out for whatever reason, or when the cat eats the keys off the keyboard, or the puppy chews up the power supply cord.  (Well….working on those last two…)

By the way, do you know how much fun it is when you have a touch screen and your cat decides to pounce on it?  I swear I didn’t mean to tp onto the stage…of male dancers…of nearly naked male dancers….uh huh….

Control is an illusion.  I have an overwhelming need for a sense of order.  I like to have a flow to things, a place for everything and everything in its place.  I love systems, and structure (as long as it was my idea…it’s a Scorpio thing), and knowing what’s when.

I could spend every moment in SL getting my inventory completely organized.  After I missed some dance deadlines and realized that (plus other things) are more stressful than a messy inventory, I employ the good enough approach.  Get a basic semblance of order, then tackle one thing at a time.  So it may take me 15 minutes to dress right now, I know I’ll get my new duds in my wardrobe soon.  I’ve got this new fascination with selling on marketplace, and gacha grab boxes (someone pleeeease save me!), but time for that has now been relegated to the weekend.

Balancing everything is a challenge we all face – RL to SL time, creating, spending time with friends, contemplative time, exploring, and organizing.  As I sit here, knowing my laptop is slooowly reaching the end of its juice…I remind myself that it’s not the end of the world.  Focus, deep breaths, and enjoying what I do are more important than the compulsions I can keep at bay my procrastinating them.  (Woot!  A good thing to procrastinate on!)

Control is an illusion.  Sometimes SL will be wonky and a tool will be a challenge (aka PITA), or lag will hold up all our particles until the very end, or the music stream will cut out, or objects will take forever to rez.  While I have visions of a perfectly organized and indexed inventory so I always know exactly what I have, that won’t happen either.

Sometimes we need to hold on for the ride, do the best we can do, but never forget to enjoy the journey.  Isn’t that the point?  Tackle one thing at a time and feel a sense of accomplishment in that.  Prioritize, and build in time to enjoy too.  When emotions slam you over the head, find a way to knock yourself out of those moments and have them at the ready for next time.  Stretch, do things you’ve always wanted to do, no excuses, no self doubt.

Oh, and exciting news!  I’m working on my first blog post for Dance Queens…so stay tuned!

Happy to be a fruit loop-
~ Eva

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Be a Fruit Loop in a World of Cheerios…

I’m a fruit loop…and I like being a fruit loop.


(Yep that’s me)

Blessed are the weird people:
poets, misfits, writers
mystics, painters, troubadours
for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.” ~ Jacob Nordby

BUT

it doesn’t mean that sometimes I don’t question myself, let those doubts sink in.

“Am I good enough?  Am I too weird?  Do they not like what I do?  Are they better than me?  Would someone else be better than me?  Who am I to do this?  …”

Over time, I’ve had many “gut check” moments…when I’ve lost my focus, lost my inspiration.  I was completely shocked the other day when someone commented they could see it in the dances I created, the music choices I’ve made.  She could see how the feelings inside reflected in my creative choices, and how as the feelings changed those choices did too.  Sometimes my creativity slows to a near crawl…either in a lack of ideas or a lack of desire.

These gut check moments come for different reasons – sometimes a respite is needed, stop the never ending treadmill we may have jumped on.  Sometimes it’s the calm as energy builds up for a new breakthrough.  Sometimes it’s caused by internal transition or DOUBT.  All of those have a purpose.  The key is getting to the other side.  Get back on the horse…or a bigger horse…or maybe a speckled horse instead of a brown one.  IT’S ALWAYS YOUR CHOICE WHAT HORSE TO RIDE.  (Or cowboy…but that’s a whole different post.)

Doubt can be a catalyst.  You can face your fears and overcome them or you can do this:

ok…who brought the tissues?

One thought just shouts out in my mind…one that is so important to me, and almost a mantra of sorts now.

They aren’t better, just different.

I am on a constant crusade to learn new things, to improve, to be more outgoing.  Some people may “get me”, some won’t.  Some people may like what I do, the energy I bring, the way I do things, some won’t.

You know what?  That’s OK!

There are always other opportunities.  Instead of doubting, do your own self check – do you feel you’re doing a good job?  If yes, then keep doing it!  If you’re just not happy, move on!  Try different venues, be creative.  I may never dance for Monarch’s or be a “top” DJ, but I can love doing what I do, keep evolving, and embrace whatever comes in an unknown future.

Something else I’ve realized:  By hanging onto a situation that doesn’t work anymore, you are hurting not only yourself but the other party too!  You are holding yourself back from what may be an amazing opportunity waiting out there, and you are holding them back from finding someone who fills their needs and culture better.

Change is scary, change can really suck, but change can also bring about amazing new things.  Trust in yourself, do your best, keep growing, and do those internal self checks once in a while.  Believe in yourself, and know it’s ok to be different.

~ Eva “fruit loop” Harley

 

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*THIS* is what happens while you create a dance!

OK, I stumbled on this and honestly….this is scary accurate for what a choreographer goes through when creating a dance.  Get it?  Scary?  Hahahahahaha!  I just amuse myself…

Oh sure…it’s simple they said…just buy some animations they said….a set?  just need a box with some moving pictures on it they said…..moving?  who needs to move?  pfft…they said.

Umm….yah.

Know what else?  To me – it’s worth it, and as I go through the creative process I decide IF I need all the “stuff”.  After a song just pounds away in my head DEMANDING to be created, I brainstorm every thought, feeling, idea, marketplace prop I think of and find.

Know what?  A lot ends up on the cutting room floor.

and that’s OK.

We’re creating a dance, not a movie, but in a way aren’t they a bit the same?  We want to tell a story, we want to evoke an emotion, to share something of ourselves.  True – we’re not going to make a billion dollars but we also (hopefully) don’t have a studio breathing down our neck telling us how we have to do something either.

For me, a lot of the choices and considerations in that diagram above are spot on!  Except maybe the party for the premiere bit…I need to work on that…

So…do you follow a process when creating a dance?  Do you have a flow, make conscious choices, or kinda just toss it all together and see what comes out?  Is either way better?  Hmmm…

–> off to make a horror movie

~ Eva

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Dance in SL – Putting Together the Pieces

As I look over my blog, I see all the different pieces – the topics, the words, the tips and the tricks.  I realize that having all of these in different places can make it difficult…there’s no flow for someone new to dance.  Sadly, this is the way my brain operates sometimes – jumping from one place to another.  This is my attempt to bring it all together in one cohesive place.  It will be a work in process for quite a while, but it will help refresh my mind and inspire, and hopefully others may gain just a bit from it.

A Beginning and Flow for the New Dancer

The most important thing I can share for a new dancer in SL is passion.  Dance provides the opportunity to study a piece of music, to tell a story through dance, choreograph, build sets, costume, create textures.  It can even go on to creating objects, scripting, and creating your own costumes.  There really is such a variety in expressing yourself creatively, and you get to choose your own style, your methods, your focus.

– Visit Shows

Go to many venues, see what you like, what you don’t.  Get a feel for performances in SL, explore and enjoy.

Read more here:  The Sirens Call – a beginning for the new dancer

– Listen to the Music

At its core, there are really just two requirements to dance.  Music and movement.  Spend a little time listening to different pieces, different styles of music.  Feel the emotions, feel the flow, which ones speak to you?  Close your eyes and let them flow through you.  Can you see them in your head?  There is no rush, no guidelines at this time.  Once you begin to learn dance in SL, you will never listen to or feel music the same way again.

Read more here:  “Official” Book of Dance Rules

– Building Tools

Dance in SL is unlike RL.  In RL, we use our bodies to move, to express the music.  In SL, we must use various tools to accomplish this.

In this step, we focus what types of tools there are…THEN watch dance performances again at different venues, see how they are used by others.  Each choreographer creates in their own way, using the tools they prefer in whatever way they choose.

There is a significant difference in knowing the technical aspect of using a tool, and WHY.  One of my favorite quotes is, the set is your canvas, the dancers your paint.  The tools you use are your paintbrushes.

Read more here:  Dance Tools – types and options
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