Flash mobs were the overly used term, to the point of abuse, during the early part of the year. I watched many videos of flash mobs in India over YouTube. They were painstakingly choreographed, brilliantly filmed and slickly edited. Till yesterday, I have not seen one unfolding in front of me in real time. Yesterday, I had a chance to witness this phenomenon in front of Center Pompidou on the slanting courtyard.
Where does the rehearsal take place? I have no clue. But the word spread around quickly in Paris among the South Asian community and a selected few in the other communities. This is my assumption because my friend living in the other part of city was already informed about this when I called him up. You could see a lot of South Asian facing discreetly placing themselves into positions from where the entire event could be photographed.
After watching the flash mob video of the Mumbai VT station on YouTube, none of the similar events have matched up to the excitement generated by it. Yesterday's performance was no different. The primary reason was lack of rehearsals which resulted in out-of-synch dance steps among the participants. But the level of energy was good. Even the enthusiasm displayed by the dancers was commendable.
What interested me was the activities before the actual performance. There were many photographers around, two of them were official ones. They took time to set up their gear. When they had set up their gear and the first participant took stage, I decided to use the composition with the photographer and the subject in the frame. You can see it below.