It’s 5pm, the sun is shining and over 150 people from all walks of life (from a mother with her newborn baby, punks, travellers, teachers, ballet dancers) are waiting with anticipation in Yeouido Park in Seoul. Ten minutes later these same people, equipped with just a set of wireless headphones and a balloon, are randomly jumping up and down shouting “Shots, Shots… Shots Shots Shots!” , while bemused passersby try to figure what on earth is going on.
Welcome to “The Silent Disco : City attack”. It was a bit like an Improv Everywhere Flashmob, where a random group of people suddenly turns up and starts dancing in a public place for no particular reason except to enterain passersby and to have fun. Except, unlike a flashmob, it lasted 3 hours!! It was more of a ‘Dance Parade’ than anything else.
While you had your head phones on, listening to either hardcore dance tunes or sing-a-long classics such as Journeys ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ it almost seemed normal to be randomly dancing in a park or along a footpath. However, once you took off your headphones and looked around the eclevtic group of 150 people,who were seemingly dancing in total silence, you couldn’t help but laugh and realise what a bizarre sight it was.
As our travelling band of dancers jumped, rolled, danced and sand our way around Seoul, every so often our leader would give us a random task, such as “Ok everyone HUG evertone else. Now! Now! Quick hug everyone!” or “Ok see those group of old ladies over there…Go high Five them…yes everyone…go! Go high five them NOW!” It was hilarious.
Every so often a very well known song would blast out of our headphones and literally everyone would start shouting out random phrases from the somg such as “I got all the girls, I got all the Girls..yeah, I got all the girls I got ALL the girls” or “Shots, shots shots….EVERYBODY!”, further amusing our growing group of spectators, who were totally clueless as to what was going on.
From the Yeouidi park we ‘danced’ our way to the KBS building (Korea Broadcasting headquarters), then we the headed down to the river, through a tunnel, dancing our way up and down grassy hills, art installations, up and down huge sets of steps, outside restaurants and cafes…and any and every other plac we came across. It was one of the most fun events I have ever attended, one of the best work-outs I’ve ever done and the cherry on top was that the whole thing was totally free. If a Silent Disco parade hits your city, don’t hesitate to go. Now let’s dance!