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NDS Goes Out With a Bang

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 23, 2012

Flash Mob

Flash mob, drummers, five songs from the Live@NDS band — all the stops were pulled out at the final NDS Annual Company Meeting at Binyanei haUma a couple weeks ago.

This year I was asked to photograph the flash mob rehearsals, create a presentation, and make a video recording of the band at the meeting itself. I had no idea that the band’s performance would be 25 minutes long. It’s a good thing I took a tripod! But that seriously limited my mobility because the room was so crowded.

Martine’s solo at the beginning of the flash mob (“Glad you came”) was unforgettable. I was lucky to get a clear photo in these conditions from the back of the room.

Flash Mob

The rest of the photos were hit-and-miss. The fast movement and erratic purple and blue lights and spotlights made it very difficult to get clear shots.

Flash Mob

Flash Mob

The best way to get a sense of it is to watch the short video I made:


 
Here’s the dress rehearsal. I chose this angle because I didn’t fancy trying to get 200 model releases….

Flash Mob Rehearsal

A professional drum ensemble performed:

Drummers

They were followed by NDS drummers, one for each year of NDS, chosen by the year that they started with the company:

Drummers

At the end of the performance the drummers came forward in groups and turned around so that their year was displayed (one of my office mates said, “1988? That was before I was born!”):

Drummers

Here’s the drumming video:

 
The Live@NDS band was brilliant and their touching rendition of Auld Lang Syne received a standing ovation. Someone on Facebook said, “Not a dry eye in the room!,” which pretty much sums it up. I uploaded a video but  was asked to take it down, so you’ll have to use your imagination….

3 Responses to “NDS Goes Out With a Bang”

  1. Debbie said

    Fun! Wish we could see the whole video.

    But, huh? What do you mean by final meeting? and Out with a bang?

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