Established in March 2002, Fluid Motion Theater & Film, Inc., challenges audiences to reconsider the categories with which we have come to identify ourselves. The company commissions and produces new work adapted from classic western and non-western dramatic texts, as well as texts not traditionally associated with the theater (novels, short stories, poetry et al.). Through the reconceptualization of archetypes, Fluid Motion hopes to explore the commonality of human experience shared by disparate cultures, sparking thought and inspiring conversation about the connections that bind us in our personal communities, in our countries, and in our world.
Because strong storytelling is at the very core of our mission, Fluid Motion looks to provide a safe and nurturing environment for writers to develop new work alongside directors and actors. Furthermore, Fluid Motion aims to nurture, support and promote the recognition of traditionally underrepresented minorities, with a preference for women, in theater and film.
Fluid Motion’s premiere event was the staged reading of Sung Rno’s play wAve (an Korean American adaptation of the Medea myth) at The Joseph Papp Public Theater in June 2002, which attracted an audience of more than 230 people. In the fall of 2002, the company produced its first film, a digital short entitled Tea which relocates the myth of Echo and Narcissus to modern day Manhattan. Tea made its world premiere at the 26th Annual Asian American International Film Festival in New York City in June 2003 and has gone on to be shown at screenings across the country. Fluid Motion’s first full theatrical season opened in August 2003 at the NYC International Fringe Festival with Arsat, an adapation of Joseph Conrad’s “The Lagoon.”
Through a variety of developmental readings and workshops, Fluid Motion Theater & Film is continually developing a variety of new works for both stage and screen.