Never were injured peeping toms, murderous birds and psychotic sons such a joy to watch as they are in Fluid Movement’s “Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Water Ballet,” the 2018 summer production by the community-minded Baltimore performance art group.
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Ahoy! Fluid Movement, Baltimore’s wackiest (and only?) water ballet troupe is back for another lap across the pool.
Call me Ishmael. In a bikini. Summer in the city means Fluid Movement (Baltimore’s beloved synchronized-swimming-water-ballet-and-more troupe) is at it again. This year, the company’s twelfth, they’re going classic (and classy) with their own rendition of Moby Dick. Yes, you should expect sparkle, irony, and bathing beauties, but all within the context of Melville’s tale of the ill-fated voyage of the Pequod and Captain Ahab. Perfect for those who’ve neglected their summer reading list, this production is basically a Cliff’s Notes in floaties, and it all takes place at your local public pool.
The 9th Annual Transmodern Performance Festival, the weekend-long “cultural phenomenon” celebrating the outré and experimental across multiple Baltimore venues, opens today. According to the official website, Transmodern presents “radical, experimental, expectation-defying work,” but I would add “delightful” (or some less lame equivalent) in there somewhere. Because though the festival features a fair amount of out-of-town and international artists, it’s very Baltimore, which is to say as experimental and conceptually severe as Transmodern may get, it never loses its joyful, celebratory vibe – at least not that I’ve ever witnessed. Take, for example, tonight’s opening event at Current Space: F.E.A.S.T., a “culinary performance” providing an “aural, visual, and palatable experience;” or tomorrow night’s The Body X-tended at 14K Cabaret, “an evening of uncanny garments;” or Sunday morning’s Love Parade (by Fluid Movement) at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market. You get the idea, right?
Transmodern features an equal portion of artists doing their regular schtick and others getting outside of their comfortable format. The band Weekends will be doing the normal, everyday, sublime thing that they do, while rapper Mickey Free will be mixing it up, collaborating with local dance group Effervescent Collective. So it’s an opportunity to catch up on Baltimore’s creative scene if you’ve been out of the loop as well as to see some this-is-never-going-to-happen-again performances.
For a full schedule of performances, visit transmodernfestival.com
I don’t know how many murder mystery/synchronized swimming performances you’ve seen lately, but I tend to believe Fluid Movement when they claim that this weekend’s Mobtown Murder Mystery will be “the greatest water ballet thriller in many years.”
If you’ve got an out of town visitor staying with you for the weekend, this is pretty much your ideal event. Your house guests will be able to appreciate how talented, imaginative, and just plain weird Baltimoreans are. Next week they can slink back to Boston or Houston or Toronto or wherever, and tell all their friends about the “live film-noir inspired daytime synchronized swimming extravaganza!!!” they saw performed in Baltimore.
The relevant details: the show will splash your way this weekend (Saturday, July 23 at 3pm and 5pm; Sunday, July 24 at 5pm and 7pm) at Druid Hill Park Pool; it’ll repeat next weekend on Sunday, July 31 (5pm and 7pm) at Patterson Park Pool. Tickets cost $10. But for the full-immersion experience, consider attending the Benefit Show on Saturday, July 30 at 6pm (also at Patterson Park Pool): you’ll get to watch the show, plus enjoy a pool party with food, drinks, and general silliness. That one costs $20, and is well worth it.