Jim Kent and Tory Peil crouch, huddled together, about to start a run-through of Whim W’Him artistic directorOlivier Wevers’s new Catch and Release, set to open on January 20, 2017 at the Cornish Playhouse in Seattle Center, as a part of the tripartite SENSATION program that runs through January 28.
“What’s happened just before?” asks Jim. From the sidelines Justin Reiter promptly answers, “You’re a broken pot, broken again, and she’s the light”—the gold that mends and refashions shattered porcelain in the arresting kintsugi image that runs through the piece.
What a pleasure it is to be back in the studio after almost six months away on the opposite side of the country. Being there, watching it in progress, reignited my fascination with the particulars of how dance is made, the interactions of the dancers with the choreographer and each other, of their personalities with the material, and the expressions from moment-to-moment on their faces. Reports from dancers and glosses by choreographers, still photos and videos, all transmit useful information, but there’s no substitute for observing in person the subtle and intricate physical logistics of dance creation unfold.
Olivier has very clear ideas in mind for the look of each piece, each section, each movement, each contact. “The quality I’m looking for is long sickle-pickle