Posted on April 1st, 2011 by Rachel
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.
Tickets will NOT be sold at the door; buy them on-line at brownpapertickets.com or at Atomic Books
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!
Molly Ruthenberg on skates and Noreen Kerbel (no skates) helping Chad Kerbel roller skate in a gymnasium as part of the JCC Roller Days, 1979. 2006.013.844
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.
Jane Fonda would be proud to see our authentic 80s workout garb. Photo © Bill Adams
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.
That’s me in the front with co-director Lauren Joost. Photo © Bill Adams
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.
I wonder if we can find out who this kid was—I’d like to ask him to join our next show! 2006.013.847
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!
Bond Girls rehearsed at the JMM after hours. Maybe they’d help lure in the crowds with daytime rehearsal. Photo © Bill Adams
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!
A rare picture of Melissa in costume for the Cirque De L’Amour water ballet in 2001.
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!
Hope to see you at the show!