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Making A Scene In The District
In April, Capitol Improv embarked on its most daring mission yet. A small team of highly-trained agents assembled to take the National Mall by musical storm. What follows is an account filled with intrigue, and tourists.
The Mission: to create a Stomp-inspired musical spectacle and surprise unsuspecting tourists.
In March, we sent out a call for musicians to get involved in a small, secret mission going down in the height of Cherry Blossom tourist season. We got together to practice weekends in advance, and picked out instruments like tupperware, coolers, trash cans and books. Everything looked like it belonged, and we hid in plain sight.
On the day of the event, we took our places, one by one and in groups, blending in with other visitors. Then a “janitor” with a trash can rolled up, and started the bass beat. As others joined in, we turned heads and got pictures taken of the performance by surprised onlookers. We even got some amazed applause.
While we’re putting a full-length video together of the performances, here’s a Behind The Scenes with some previews:
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The Mission: A barn dance taking place in the newly-opened “Barnes Dance”, which is a pedestrian crossing whereby people may cross through the entire intersection all at once, with cars totally stopped. Chinatown has some of the busiest intersections in DC, with tourists, businesspeople and the weekend crowd all converging on a Friday evening as we danced through.
Despite some heavy summer showers before and after the hoe-down, our group assembled, dressed in straw hats, plaid and their best shit-kickers. The crossing guards assigned to the intersection laughed as the group first entered the “barnes dance,” and onlookers stopped to snap a quick picture.
We did a few different turns through the intersection and even had a few people join in. Add photos to our flickr pool if you got some good shots! Go to Flickr
No traffic regulations were violated in the making of this video.
For those of you not familiar with Survive DC, we’ve found an old dusty video of how to run and survive in the race! We decided to post it to Youtube so you can see it too!
Hope to see everyone May 15th. Event kicks off at 7PM on DuPont Circle!!!
International Pillow Fight Day 2010 was one to remember!
Date: April 3rd 2010
# of Participants: 300+
Location: The National Mall / Dupont Circle
Capitol Improv members gathered near the Washington Monument and waited for the cue to begin. We had two of our agents improvise a yelling match on the mall with one twist. Instead of settling their differences with violence, they settled their differences with pillows!
As almost everyone from our group now knows, I share a birthday with a rather infamous holiday – April Fools day. While I have had many birthday pranks played on me before, this – by far – was the best one ever done.
For those of you who don’t know, Lindsey Boyle (our other admin) kicked me from the group to send out a message without my knowledge to send me birthday greetings all throughout today. As of this posting, I currently have over 156 text messages, and 6 voicemails from the group saying happy birthday.
I woke up today to the sound of my phone’s text message indication going of literally non-stop for 15 minutes. There was no pause between the end of the ringtone and the beginning for the duration of that period. At first I thought it was an SMS forwarding service and wasn’t all to impressed, but after I realized that each text represented a member of Capitol Improv, I was quite flattered and impressed!
What an amazing and crazy day! For those of you who have been living under a rock, Washington DC just received a staggering and record setting 2 feet of snow! While our last impromptu snowball fight was ceased by an irresponsible officer, we had faith that things would go much better this time around!
While we can’t take credit for creating the event, the original DuPont group was around 100 people before it was re-tweeted by Capitol Improv and from there it exploded to 5500 ppl overnight! Our networks and subnetworks (including some local news organizations) had helped create a monster!
No Pants is in its ninth year and this is the third year DC has participated in the ride. It definitely turned some heads this year and received some serious attention. While secretly our goal is to produce a mission so original and awesome it completely upstages anything Improv Everywhere has done (shhh – don’t tell Charlie) No Pants has almost become an international holiday that everybody loves to celebrate.
We had 400 dedicated participants this year along with numerous organizations helping out or on-scene to witness the event. Because we had some problems last year blocking the metro entrance, the entire group was split into months and entered separately.