DC’s performance art explosion is taking to the pool with SynchroSwim 2013, 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, we celebrate 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.

WPA is pleased to welcome Arvind Manocha, President and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts; Scott Simon, Peabody Award-winning host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, who once interviewed Esther Williams; and Molly Smith, Artistic Director of Arena Stage, 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.

The teams competing in SynchroSwim 2013 include Aether Art Projects, led by team captain Eames Armstrong and featuring Amber Lee, Amanda Lineweber, and Lindsay Rowinski, C & C Swimming Factory featuring Carolina Mayorga and Craig Garrett, Maida Withers Dance Construction Company led by team captain and choreographer Maida Withers and featuring Anthony Gongora and Giselle Ruzxany, and Virago featuring Armando Lopez-Bircann and Katie Macyshyn. SynchroSwim 2013 is free and open to the public and takes place at the Capitol Skyline Hotel Pool, 10 I (eye) Street SW, Washington, DC following the Capitol Skyline Saturday Pool Party. Free admission to SynchroSwim 2013 will begin at 4:30pm.

DETAILS ON THE EVENT:

DATE: Saturday, August 3, 2013, 5pm at the Capitol Skyline Hotel Pool, 10 I (Eye) St. SW, Washington, DC

COST: FREE!

JUDGES: Arvind Manocha, President and CEO of Wolf Trap; Foundation for the Performing Arts; Scott Simon, Peabody Award-winning host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday; Molly Smith, Artistic Director of Arena Stage.

TEAMS: Aether Art Projects (Eames Armstrong, Amber Lee, Amanda Lineweber, and Lindsay Rowinski), C & C Swimming Factory (Carolina Mayorga and Craig Garrett), Maida Withers Dance Construction Company (Anthony Gongora and Giselle Ruzxany), and Virago (Armando Lopez-Bircann and Katie Macyshyn)

 

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Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for contemporary art. WPA supports artists at all stages of their careers and promotes contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, issues, and ideas that stimulate public dialogue on art and culture.www.wpadc.org.

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