Photos By Blinkofaneye, Sarah Guan, Words By Blinkofaneye
You couldn’t have asked for better weather or a more enthusiastic crowd for WPA’s annual wet and splashy performance art event. Now in its 4th year, SynchroSwim draws out the wackiness in our creative community. This year’s art event was no exception.
DC Synchromasters was represented by Anne Bernier, Kristina Hopkins, Susan Horab (C), Tina Jones, Kathy Navascues and Julie Ost. The Synchromasters performed a traditional synchronized swimming routine in hot pink high heels and were the winners of Crowd Favorite.
Next up were Fluid Movement from Baltimore, represented by Sidney Pink, April Pink, Jan Pumphrey, Justin Sabe, Valarie Perez Schere, Jane Shock, Barbara Wilgus, Rick Wilson (C), Paul Wilson, and Marta Zoellner. Fluid Movement showcased their performance “Star Spangled Swimmer!: A War of 1812 Water Ballet.” A 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. Fluid Movement won Best Execution and Best Visual Spectacle.
The other teams were The Docents represented by Anne Bruns, Alex Champion, Elsabe Dixon (C), Tom Dixon, Lilli Fisher, Leslie Garrart, Clive Jerram, Andra Naing, Abraham Nunez and Chris Ryan performed postmodern synchronized swimming replica of Fischli and Weiss’ 1987 rendition of “The Way Things Go.”
And finally The Elementals, represented by Daphne Clem, Mary England, April Gomez, Sean Gomez, Ally Hunter-Harris, Alison Keener and team captain Erika Milenkovic, had a water ballet that referenced the show Captain Planet to make a comment on climate change. Performing to the theme song “Captain Planet” The Elementals battled the villain, “Pollution.”