We often discuss in the office the seemingly random nature of enquiries and events that are delivered. Sometimes, we have a spate of Haka enquiries or a run of Thriller events, for example. This week, it has been the turn of Junk Funk, with three junk percussion workshops in a row. This kind of event pattern certainly keeps everything from being predictable.
So, it has been time to visit our storage depot. Our huge industrial bins, shopping trolley, buckets, cardboard boxes and even some ironing boards have made up just some of the instruments required for our junk orchestras!
The first of our Junk Funk events was for a small group of around 30 people. Participants walked into the room that we had been previously set up. We had completely transformed the area into an entire junk yard scene. We had 90 minutes to wake people up by getting them to perform in a ‘Stomp’-style show.
The next event was in central London. One of the many benefits of Junk Funk is its logistical flexibility. Because we strive in all our events to have little set-up and fuss beforehand, we were able to condense all the equipment we needed into huge industrial bins.
As our rhythm experts were dressed as maintenance personnel, complete with vizzy vests and hard hats, we simply looked as if we were working on the building! As the unsuspecting group broke for coffee, they passed us in the corridor without a second glance. Like dungaree-clad ninjas, we nipped into the room in their absence and, with rolls of hazard tape, set about decorating!
When everyone returned only minutes later, they walked in to a very different world. Our team was pounding out rhythms in between piles of the awaiting instruments. They could not believe that the maintenance people they passed outside were now their music instructors for the next hour.
Taken to the theatrical extreme, a client once asked our team of undercover maintenance people to start hammering and shouting at the back of the conference hall while the guest speaker was on stage.
When the guest speaker (who was in on the joke) walked off in disgust, we took to the stage to apologize to the huge audience and organizer. In a flash, we started playing our buckets and stepladders just as the stage was flooded with our other team members waiting in the wings. We then performed for the stunned audience before members of the audience themselves became the junk orchestra!
So, next time you see maintenance personnel anywhere around your meeting room or conference, have a good look. They may not be what they seem!
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