Deadline: Monday, July 14 at 5pm
Pull out your goggles and swim cap*, DC’s performance art explosion is taking it to the pool with WPA’s SynchroSwim 2014, the third iteration 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, you’ll just need creativity and enthusiasm. Past performances have included a biting critique of BP’s role in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, a celebration of the music of Van Halen, an excerpt from Fluid Movement’s Jason and the Aquanauts: 20,000 Legs Over The Sea, and even a performance by a real live Synchronized Swimming team.
*Goggles and swim cap not actually required to participate in SynchroSwim 2014
- Each team should include between 2 and 10 participants and will perform 1 routine
- Performances should last 2-4 minutes and be set to music, which must be supplied to WPA no later than July 31.
- Performances do not have to include traditional swimming or synchronized swimming, but they must take place – either partially or entirely – in the pool.
- Creative costuming is highly recommended. All participants must wear some form of appropriate attire (the pool is a family-friendly venue) and must wear an appropriate safety flotation device if they can’t swim.
- Each performer will be required to sign a waiver. The waiver will be supplied to participants with their acceptance email.
Selected participants should plan to arrive at the pool no later than 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 16 to check in. A panel of experts will judge performances with prizes awarded in three categories: best performance, best visual spectacle, and crowd favorite. You do not need to be a WPA member to apply.
Applications and registration forms are due by Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 11:59pm. Team captains should submit the following information through the online application form HERE.
Applications should include:
- Team captain name and contact information
- Team name
- Title of the song to accompany the performance
- Brief description of the performance (500 words or less)
- Names of additional team members
You will be notified of your submission status by July 19. Free access to the pool at the Capitol Skyline Hotel will be arranged for accepted competitors to practice their routines. For questions, contact Samantha May, WPA Program Director at 202.234.7103 x 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org.