Friday, May 31, 2013

Flashing at Melbourne Central

I haven't showed any flashmobs for a while. I think they have become a little passé. I think the word passé had become a little passé. Melbourne Central seems to be a popular place for flashmobs.

Hallelujah Chorus is presented by a group called Skin Opera.



This rendition of the popular chorus from La Traviata is by Opera Scholars Australia.


20 comments:

  1. Oh I love flash mobs......they Make me tear up if done well

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    1. John, there were some great ones done by drag to promote Sydney's Mardi Gras. One at Bondi Beach and another on the steps of the Opera House.

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  2. A pity that Skin Opera wasn't exactly what their name conjured up for me. They sound good though.

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    1. Victor, I would suggest a ratio of about 80%, well I would if I knew what you meant.

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    2. It's rare for you not to understand my mind's workings Andrew. Reading skin orchestra my initial thought (hope?) was the singers would be naked.

      Yes, hopeless, aren't I?

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    3. I thought worse Victor.

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  3. After the title Andrew, I was so relieved to know that I wouldn't have to come down and bail you out.
    You're right in that many flash mobs are rehearsed and publicised to within an inch of their lives.
    Having said that, I did enjoy your choices here. Melbourne Central is lovely!

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    1. Craig, I don't mind that they are rehearsed, but I really dislike it when there is crowd full of expectation before a performance begins.

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  4. I had not heard of the concept of flash mobs before, but how clever is that!! And the Hallelujah chorus from La Traviata was an inspired choice.

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    1. Yes you do Hels, remember I posted one set on the beach in Tel Aviv. Sadly it has been removed from YT.

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    2. sigh... I tell the students the same thing. "You have to help me out because, these days, I forget bits and pieces".

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    3. Hels, the modern brain has a lot to remember.

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  5. That was fun if I ever come across this in Sydney I would sing along even if I don't know the words.
    Merle...............

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    1. I've seen a few done in Sydney, Merle. Search You Tube for flash mob sydney. Anything by Rock Your Box is usually good and great fun.

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  6. I like what you say about the word passé becoming a little passé.

    I also agree with you and/or Craig about it not being so great if it's over-promoted and people are actually waiting for it.

    I think the surprise element is important.

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    1. Dina, it is indeed the surprise element that make them so good.

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  7. I think I prefer to watch the dance flash mobs Andrew, although with the singing ones you could join in, sing heartily and no would be any the wiser!

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    1. Grace, yes the dance ones are better but at least with singing ones, no as much space is needed.

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  8. Enjoyed them both immensely, thanks Andrew. Melbourne Central has surprisingly good acoustic - I've always just thought of it as excessively noisy.
    Part of the fun is watching the expressions of surprised on-lookers, so it's a bit disappointing when the cast outnumbers the audience.

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    1. I don't like Melbourne Central much FC. I don't know if it was the original, but for me the one, the first one I saw, in Belgian Railway Station was the best

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