A fantasy of mine turned into a reality last Friday afternoon, April Fool’s Day.
Flash Mobs intrigue me, call to me. Dancing seemingly spontaneously in guerrilla theatre fashion suits me. I watch them online, and get goosebumps each time I watch the Olympics “Dancing In the Street” flash mob of thousands on Robson Street.
But, I had never experienced one. And, the one that kept creeping into my imagination contained many bouffons.
Then, after recently taking my buffoonery workshop, a dear friend, enthusiastically said, “You should do something for April Fool’s Day with your bouffons!”.
You guessed it. Her idea married my fantasy, and things started to move. I surveyed my bouffon students to see who was game. The reactions were keen. Very keen.
As I drifted into my sleep each night a new idea would come to me. Can’t have bouffons wandering around looking unsuspecting and then dancing. That won’t work. They have to arrive…. by… limo. Yes!
I booked a BIG limo.
How perfect. A choreographer suddenly needed me and my buffoonery expertise for a show. “Tell you what, Mz. Joey Bothwell, you need me, and I need you.” She was in.
We created our dance.
We weren’t going to have thousands of bouffons but it wasn’t just about us. It was about bringing a moment of wacky joy to the unsuspecting observers and giving them an opportunity to dance, as well.
On Friday afternoon, April 1st, at Library Square in Vancouver, a big black limo bus filled with bouffons mysteriously arrived. We descended into the area with a quiet curiosity. We explored, approached humans, tried doors, looked at shoelaces, and eventually broke into our ritualistic dance, inviting the humans to join in.
And, some did. Some watched in disbelief, but most smiled and enjoyed a very different flash mob.
Our objective as a group was to permit everyone, for a few minutes, to escape the difficulties life offers and balance its teeter totter!
I think we did.
And, we’re going to do it again..
I would like to give special thanks to:
All the bouffons who came out:
Charlene Luedke, Godfrey Levy, Marlene Pyykko, Josh Hallem, Scott MacDonald, Annick Forest, Veenu Sandhu, Haigan Day, Iza Zadorozny, Aaron Kagan, Joey Bothwell, Patrick Spencer, Benoit Ranger, Anna Horabin, Tirra Dent, Missy Cross, Michael Barry Anderson
To friends who captured pictures and video:
Michael Julian Berz (who produced our great video), Chara Berk (photography), Peter Marshall (video footage), Tom Carter (video footage), Rebecca Coleman (video footage), The Vancouver Courier (photos)
Our fabulous limo driver and the great service by Royal Limousine Service
And to Joan Athey, my bouffon publicist friend who inspired me.
Stay tuned for a Radio-Canada (TV) short documentary by Alexandra Guite