I'm not exactly sure when this occurred, but recently, about 200 people from an improv group called Improv Everywhere came to a complete halt in New York City's Grand Central Station for five minutes, amusing some while others apparently didn't even notice. From Improv Everywhere's blog:
On a cold Saturday in New York City, the world's largest train station came to a sudden halt. Over 200 Improv Everywhere Agents froze in place at the exact same second for five minutes in the Main Concourse of Grand Central Station. Over 500,000 people rush through Grand Central every day, but today, things slowed down just a bit as commuters and tourists alike stopped to notice what was happening around them. Enjoy the video...
When I was in High School, I was heavily involved in theater. Our "troupe" went to a theater convention in Fort Worth, Texas, and we performed a Happening. The Happening movement was big in the 70's. It's hard to describe, but it's about 20% based on a script and 80% based on improvisation, all set to atmospheric music like Pink Floyd and Depeche Mode. A Happening also involves the use of a huge amount of props, completely random costumes (I was dressed as a knight), and several other strange quirks.
About 10 of us performed our Happening in a square near the Water Gardens in downtown Fort Worth. Speaking from personal experience, this type of improv is among the most exhilarating performance arts for an actor. How wonderful it is to see a completely spontaneous audience giving completely spontaneous responses to a mostly unstructured performance that you mostly make up as you go. That sense of randomness and unpredictability both for the performers and for the audience is a thrill.
Anyhoo, this clip helped me relive one of my favorite memories. Thank you SO much for sharing. I got a bigger kick out of it than you probably realize.