A glittery talent show

November 08, 2007|By Dana Kinker | Dana Kinker,Sun reporter

Greggy Glitterati, Fluid Movement's own talent agent for the underrepresented, has always felt that Baltimore's local talent is plentiful, just not accessible. This weekend, though, Glitterati has taken it upon himself to present outrageous local talent for all to see at his talent and variety extravaganza, Glitterama! Glitterama! ... Glitterama!

Greggy Glitterati is just one of the quirky theatrical characters born out of Baltimore's Fluid Movement, a community- based performance art group that formed in 1998 to give people outlets to perform in unconventional spaces and ways.

Tomorrow and Saturday, Fluid Movement presents Glitterama!, a variety show featuring 10 acts by "ordinary" locals that is hosted by Greggy Glitterati, a character played by Ted Alsedek, one of Fluid Movement's directors and producers who has worked with Fluid Movement for the past four years.

"The story line of this show revolves around my character, Greggy Glitterati, who is sick of only working for `talented' people and is determined to show off Baltimore's underground talent," Alsedek said. "It shows off a variety of different talents ordinary people in Baltimore possess. It also reinforces the underground reputation we have at Fluid Movement because it showcases talent that is not readily accessible to the general public."

Featured in the show will be a lion-taming act, classic burlesque dancing, an extreme Hula-Hooper, a belly dancer, a traditional fire act from Hawaii done with black lights instead of fire, the bringing to life of the Sunday comic strip character Mark Trail and much more.

Known for its over-the-top water ballets such as War and Fleas and zany on-land performances including Earth, Wind and the Baltimore Fire, Fluid Movement takes talent from the immediate area and showcases it, making theater and performance art much more accessible.

"I had the idea for Fluid Movement in college," said Keri Burneston, a co-founder of Fluid Movement. "I wanted to make performance art accessible for people who don't necessarily have any performance training to take part in and for people who don't necessarily like theater and performance art, and I wanted to bring community water ballet to Baltimore."

Fluid Movement's water ballet debut was in 1999 with Water Shorts, followed by Cleopatra, Life on the Nile in 2000 and Cirque De L'Amour in 2001. It then took a three-year break from water ballets, only doing on-land performances. Water ballets were brought back in 2005.

In the beginning, Fluid Movement attracted performers and audiences purely by word-of-mouth, but in recent years, it has exploded into a well-known and popular Baltimore tradition.

"Most of the people who come to us and volunteer their talents for an upcoming show are people who have been audience members who enjoyed our performances," Alsedek said. "We have absolutely no prior experience or talent requirements for our performers."

This production is a bit of a switch for Fluid Movement.

"Glitterama is different from other acts because in water ballets, we have up to 80 people in the show, and the focus is much less on the individual," Alsedek said. "With this show, though, we only have about 17 performers, and this time the acts are independent of each other."

With all Fluid Movement productions, it is a guarantee that they are going to be wacky entertainment for all ages, according to Burneston.

"The goal of every Fluid Movement show is to make people feel like they could be on the stage, or in the water, performing," Burneston said. "We want people to feel like there is going to be a point in their lives where they too will want to be a part of Fluid Movement. Hopefully in the future, everyone in Baltimore will have been involved in Fluid Movement at one point in time. Our goal is that Fluid Movement will one day become a right of passage for every Baltimorean."

"Glitterama! Glitterama! ... Glitterama!" will be performed at 8 p.m. tomorrow and 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday at Load of Fun Studios, 120 North Ave. Tickets are $10. Information: go to fluidmovement.org.

dana.kinker@baltsun.com

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