A Blog post by Sr. Collections Manager Jobi Zink
Nope, I am not asking you to join my Butts & Guts class at the gym (though you should!) I’m inviting you to the latest Fluid Movement roller skating play on wheels! It’s happening this weekend only at the Hampden Rec Center – Saturday at 7 & 9 PM and Sunday at 5 & 7.
Things have changed since you’ve last gone to a birthday party at Skateland! We’re talking choreography here and costumes. And much more fun than going around in that big boring oval!! It’s just about the best $10 you could spend this weekend. Buy your tickets online here or in person here, just make sure to buy them before the show!
If you are new to Fluid Movement, let me fill you in. Known for their water ballets and roller skating shows, Fluid Movement is a Baltimore-based performance art group that juxtaposes complex subject matter with delightful and unexpected mediums. For example, TOTAL WORKOUT is kind of a mash-up of the Schwartzenegger classic Total Recall and Jane Fonda workouts with sexy Bond-style spies and Led Zepplin lovin’ Vikings traveling through time.
This year I am directing the mighty Viking scene with Lauren Joost (who happens to work at the Baltimore Museum of Art). It’s been a great partnership—Lauren is amazing with the costumes (she’s sewn everything for our scene) and I get to use my aerobics background to shape the choreography.
Directing is a little bit like Intern Wrangling (my summer job at the JMM)—part coaching, part collaborating, part laying down the law. Our scene is a combination of veteran performers and first timers and it’s been great to watch everyone’s creativity and personality help shape the scene.
The cast has been practicing since February. Each scene meets separately to work on their routine as well as costuming and props. When a scheduling conflict came up for rehearsal space, the JMM served as a skate-free space for the Bond girls to work. A few weeks ago we started meeting together to work on the finale, and last week we ran a tech rehearsal with the full cast. It was our first time seeing everything in order. There is something magical that happens – a combination of energy, lunacy, hard work and glitter– to bring the show together!
I’d like to thank Melissa Martens, former JMM Curator and founding member of Fluid Movement, for “swirling me into the mix” of Fluid Movement in 1999. She dragged me to very first water ballet “Water Shorts” (which she helped choreograph) and I have been hooked ever since!
And so has the JMM: Avi has served on the board (his summers in Vermont seem to prevent him from swimming but he gets to just about every show); staff members Lauren Silberman (now at AAM), Rachel Kassman & Elena Rosemond-Hoerr; summer interns Katie Avery, Melina Avery, Rachael Gilman & Sara Patenaude; exhibition handy man Mark Ward, and husbands Jonathan Willis and Eric Zink have all performed!