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For Immediate Release

For Immediate Release

DC Spensley Presents ZEROG SkyDance V – “Innocence End” – Virtual Flight Choreography
Pioneering Performing Arts Soar in the Metaverse – Again – Under the Direction of DanCoyote Antonelli with original score by Josh Zamo

January 30, 2013, (Second Life) – Avatar DanCoyote Antonelli is accustomed to raising the bar in virtual art and performance. Even in virtual worlds he is considered avant garde. The real man controlling that avatar, DC Spensley, has been wowing virtual audiences since 2006 with art installations that would not be possible in real life, but perhaps the most coveted seat in all of Second Life is one to a performance by his ZeroG SkyDancer. On January 30, 2013, the premiere of the highly anticipated, fifth, completely redesigned production of ZeroG SkyDance will debut.

Second Life’s history making, critically acclaimed world performance group, the ZeroG SkyDancer is a new form of ensemble performance that uses the airspace of this virtual world, resulting in a cross between water ballet and aerial acrobatics, in ways that would not be possible in the physical world. Wearing spectacular, flowing costumes called cascades – that are many times larger than their avatars – the SkyDancers move through space, and become part of the stage themselves. Altering and evolving, their flight triggers audio samples, which provide a unique layer to the original musical score commissioned for the production.

The fifth production “Innocence End”, hosted by the Linden Endowment for the Arts and UCSville Machinima Expo, will introduce an unprecedented 4000 meter (4km) reactive-interactive stage set that is repeatedly and dramatically transformed over the hour long performance as seating flies through gravity defying monoliths of breathtaking beauty. SkyDance V will formally debut at 7PM Pacific Standard Time, Thursday, January 30, 2013 in the virtual world of Second Life. Seating is limited, but the show will run twice a week during the first 90 days of 2013, to accommodate the most guests possible. Suggested ticket donation is $L2000 or sliding scale. For seating information, please contact Spensley directly at dc@dancoyote.com.

Those who are not configured for Second Life already, will need to complete a 5 minute registration process with Second Life, http://www.secondlife.com , in order to access the SkyDance V performance. A basic account is absolutely free, includes unlimited access to Second Life’s tools, events and communities. Spensley recommends that audience members spend a minimum of 15 minutes learning the basic skills of the Second Life world prior to attending the performance. “Familiarizing yourself with basic navigation of Second Life will add even more enjoyment to the show,” said Spensley. There will be support for new users at each show performance provided free of charge.

Video of a SkyDance performance is available at http://www.dancoyote.com/?page_id=85 and has received thousands of views. A sneak peek of the production in progress is located at: http://youtu.be/MTzGJ2wd1lc and http://youtu.be/P8ZoSSW3Jpk   “It’s difficult to convey the dramatic and immersive effects of the Second Life virtual world in a 2-D web environment, however the video does convey the overall concept of the performance,” said Spensley.

About DanCoyote Antonelli
The avatar DanCoyote was created as the proxy for David “DC” Spensley in the virtual world of Second Life. The name DanCoyote is derived from Cervantes’ Don Quixote and in honor of a coyote that Joseph Beuys lived with for a time at the René Block Gallery in New York during his 1974 action, “I like America and America Likes Me”.

About Creator DC Spensley
Silicon Valley based artist DC Spensley’s groundbreaking work in virtual reality art, augmented reality intervention, performance and participatory gaming has been performed and exhibited internationally at venues like Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Ars Electronica in Linz Austria, The Dutch Electronic Arts Festival in the Netherlands, Boston’s Cyber Arts Festival and San Jose’s ZERO1 Biennial.

DC received a Masters of Fine Arts from the CADRE Laboratory for New Media at the School of Art and Art History at San Jose State University and his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute on full merit scholarship.

Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA)
The Linden Endowment of the Arts is an official Linden Community Partnership program whose purpose is to help new artists, cultivate art in SL, and foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration within the art community.

About Second Life and Linden Lab
Second Life is a 3D online world with a rapidly growing population from 100 countries around the globe, in which the Residents themselves create and build the world, which includes homes, vehicles, nightclubs, stores, landscapes, clothing and games. The Second Life Grid is a sophisticated development platform created by Linden Lab, a company founded in 1999 by Philip Rosedale, to create a revolutionary new form of shared 3D experience. The former CTO of RealNetworks, Rosedale pioneered the development of many of today’s streaming media technologies, including RealVideo. In April 2003, noted software pioneer Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Development Corporation, was named Chairman. In 2006, Philip Rosedale and Linden Lab received WIRED’s Rave Award for Innovation in Business. Based in San Francisco, Linden Lab employs a senior team bringing together deep expertise in physics, 3D graphics and networking.

Registration and an account are necessary to access Second Life, but require very little time and effort. A basic account is absolutely free, and includes unlimited access to Second Life’s tools, events and communities. It is recommended that a minimum of 15 minutes be allocated to learn basic skills prior to attending the performance. Additional preparation would only enhance the experience.

System Requirements
Your computer must meet specific requirements, or you may not be able to successfully participate in Second Life. Learn more about those requirements here: http://secondlife.com/corporate/sysreqs.php

Contact for seating or more information
DC Spensley
Producer/Artistic Director
dc@dancoyote.com