Gallery Openings and Events

WPA Presents SynchroSwim 2014

Photo courtesy of WPA.

Photo courtesy of WPA.

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Event:  Sunday, August 17 at 5pm

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Free admission will begin at 4:30pm.

DC’s favorite outdoor art event in back with SynchroSwim 2014, the fourth presentation of WPA’s synchronized swimming performance art competition. Typically, synchronized swimming demands advanced water skills and requires great strength, endurance, flexibility, grace, artistry, and precise timing, as well as exceptional breath control. At WPA’s SynchroSwim, we celebrate creativity and enthusiasm.  During the one-hour event, 4 artist teams will perform short, unique routines set to musical compositions.  Some may actually be synchronized, but the vast majority will be a free expression of creativity. Performers this year include DC Synchromasters, The Docents, The Elementals, and Fluid Movement.

DC Synchromasters will present a (traditional) synchronized swimming routine set to the music “That’s Entertainment.” Costumes will include black, silver, and pink suits with matching caps and pink high-heeled shoes. Team members include: Susan Horab, Kathy Navascues, Tina Jones, Kristina Hopkins, Anne Bernier, Julie Ost, and Julie Silverman.

The Docents will don monochrome goggles, pristine white swim caps, and black swimsuits to present a seamless integration of art, architecture, and landscape. The Docents will present a postmodern synchronized swimming replica of Fischli and Weiss’ 1987 rendition of “The Way Things Go.” While using ordinary objects and their bodies as a Rube Goldberg device, the performance by The Docents will aim to discuss philosophy, art theory, physics, the weight of things, and the seriousness of life in general. Team members include: Clive Jerram, Hannah Shambroom, Amina Cooper, Alex Champion, Elsabe Dixon, Abraham Nunez, Andra Naing, Anne Bruns, Lilli Fischer, and Chris Ryan.

The Elementals’ performance will reference the show “Captain Planet” to comment on climate change. Performing to the “Captain Planet” theme song, the performance will feature the team battling the villain “Pollution.” Team members include: Erika Milenkovic, Daphne Clem, Mary England, Alison Keener, April Gomez, and Ally Hunter-Harris.

Baltimore-based Fluid Movement will present a scene from “Star Spangled Swimmer!: A War of 1812 Water Ballet”. This scene is a swinging tribute to Mary Pickersgill’s sewing of the American Flag that flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore and inspired Francis Scott Key to pen our National Anthem. Team members include: Rick Wilson, Mart Zoellner, Barbara Wilgus, Jan Pumphrey, Justin Sabe, Jane Shock, Sidney Pink, April Pink, Paul Wilson, and Valarie Perez Schere.

WPA welcomes Seth Hurwitz, Chairman of I.M.P. Productions and co-owner of the 9:30 Club; José Ortiz, Executive Director of Artisphere; and Lauryn Ricketts, ABC7 Meteorologist as this year’s judges.

The judges will rank the teams on a scale of 1 to 10 in two categories: Execution (the skill and coherence of their performance) and Visual Spectacle (the outrageousness of the team’s costumes and performance). Prizes are awarded in these two categories, as well as for Crowd Favorite, which is decided by applause.

WPA is grateful for the support of SynchroSwim 2014 sponsors and prize providers Buzz Bakery, Cantina Marina, and Gordon Biersch.

SynchroSwim 2014 is free and open to the public and takes place at the Capitol Skyline Hotel Pool, 10 I (eye) Street SW, following the Capitol Skyline Pool Party. For additional information about the event, please contact Samantha May at 202-234-7103 x1 or [email protected]

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