So what do you make of this?
“It’s kind of a pas de quatre,” Olivier mused in rehearsal one day, sounding amused and a little surprised, “for two men and two jackets…”
It’s also a strip tease…
…in the form of a sparring match, an I-can-do-anything-better-than-you-can contest between two guys…
…to the music of the Bournonville-choreographed Flower Festival in Genzano pas de deux, made famous by the Royal Danish Ballet.
Nutty, clever, and wildly imaginative, it plays on differences in build, character-type, and steps, masterfully embodied by Andrew Bartee and Lucien Postlewaite.
Between all his travels—accepting awards and overseeing performances by Whim W’him dancers elsewhere—Olivier Wevers has been concocting new pieces for the company’s January 20-22, 2012 show at Intiman Theatre. In wild contrast to the somber Thrown (centerpiece of January’s program), this newest creation mines Whim W’Him’s whimsical vein.
About the Author Victoria Farr Brown
I am a writer, mostly of fiction, based in Seattle, and a long-time lover of dance.
Behind the Scenes focuses on WhimW’Him—Olivier Wever’s dance company, formed in 2009 and now affiliated with Intiman Theatre—its projects, artists, and whatever ideas, whimsical or otherwise, occur to me in the course of watching the company grow.