This past weekend I was lucky enough to check out a local Baltimore group known as Fluid Movement. They’re a performance group that specialize in synchronized swimming water ballets and roller skating ballets. Their members come from all walks of life and have abilities ranging from beginner to accomplished.
This weekend’s show was a water ballet called Moby Dick, or The Water Ballet. Their interpretation took us on a five scene adventure set to music. The character of Ishmal would set up each scene with his narration and then the spectacular would begin. The characters would put on a little show while on the deck before jumping and diving into the pool.
The cast of characters were wonderfully costumed and very glittery. The late afternoon sun made everyone sparkle and shine. In the first scene, there were soup ingredients like carrots, clams, and onions that swam in a pot. After that, we are introduced to the many different types of sailors who were the members of Ahab’s crew. We moved on to explore the creatures under the sea with young girls dressed like fish and sea creatures. Next, we watched Ahab’s tale told by twenty clones on the hunt for the whale. Then, we watch another twenty swimmers share Moby’s side of the story.
As I watched the performance, I took note of the diversity of the group. There were women and men of all ages, shapes, and sizes. The young girls who played the sea creatures seemed to be between 10 and 15 years old. There rest of the cast had every age group covered. I took particular pride in seeing that the plus sized community was well represented in both the women and the men. I think every one of us, who has ever put on a swimsuit to go to the beach or a pool party, can appreciate the confidence it takes to perform in front of a couple hundred people. It was wonderful to see. These are people who love to have fun and enjoy putting on a show. This was my first Fluid Movement show, but it won’t be my last.
At About Curves, we try to empower women of all sizes through size acceptance. When we experience people of the plus size community doing wonderful and extraordinary things, we like to give them the applause they deserve.
Photos by Randall Gornowich of randallart.com