SPRING 22 PROGRAM

NEW CREATIONS BY
MAURYA KERR
MICAELA TAYLOR
OLIVIER WEVERS

May 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2022
CORNISH PLAYHOUSE

May 25, 2022
VASHON CENTER FOR THE ARTS

May 28, 2022
WHIDBEY ISLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS

WELCOME
ARTISTS
PROGRAM
COVID
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SEASON 22/23

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

OLIVIER WEVERS

he/him/his

Dear Whimmers,

I am always grateful to welcome you back to the Cornish Playhouse and thrilled to share with you the culmination of months of creation and collaboration with extraordinary artists. I am awed by these artists who continue to demonstrate that creativity and imagination triumph over adversity, as proven by their swift and skillful response to an unexpected delay of our opening.

Last week while in tech rehearsals Nell suffered from appendicitis. After taking her to the emergency room she was transferred to another hospital for surgery. We miss her!—but the good news is that she is already healing, walking around, and eager to join us for our next production.

In the meantime, Kyle Sangil, our newest dancer who was scheduled to join us in June for our next season, joined us last Friday. I am so grateful to introduce Kyle to Seattle earlier than planned, and welcome another exceptional mover and artist into our community.

While we celebrate the arrival of our newest members, we also say a sad but incredibly grateful farewell to Liane Aung, who has been pivotal to Whim W’Him’s community and creativity for the last six years. We send her off with all our love and best wishes as she continues on to new futures and possibilities.

Closing our 12th season, I find myself reflecting on our past and our future. We’ve come so far yet still have so much more work to do to fulfill our mission with integrity and excellence. Over the past 12 years we have generated over 77 new creations by 39 individual choreographers: 12 members from racialized communities, 16 women, and 18 members of the LBTQ+ community. As our current strategic plan work continues to solidify our active commitment to anti-racism and upholding inclusive and just practices, we strongly believe that dance and movement can be important tools for social change.

During the past two years the company has also presented more than a dozen free outdoor pop-up performances in parks and other outdoor spaces, making professional contemporary dance more accessible to the wider Seattle community. These engagement efforts serve to enrich the imaginations of fellow artists while providing an entry point for curious thinkers, whether through their patronage or participation.

Whim WHim strives to be a leader in the worlds arts ecosystem by centering and nurturing artists, abolishing the inequities and injustices that are perpetuated in the dance field, and fostering the social changes we want to see in the world.

I hope youll delight in tonights performance, and that it will inspire you and encourage you to continue whimming with us. We are the consequence of your generosity and commitment to the arts in Seattle.

Thank you for choosing to be with us tonight, 

With gratitude,

Olivier Wevers, Founder and Artistic Director

DANCER

LIANE AUNG

she/her/hers

Whimmers…
Thank you for experiencing life, art and growth with me.
It has been a true pleasure to perform for you and I am forever grateful for your presence and support.

Olivier…
Thank, You for engaging me, challenging me and giving me endless opportunity for growth.
I have loved learning from you and seeing your visions unfold in the studio and on stage.

Dancers…
This group of dancers has been through so much together! And I couldn’t have survived these past two years without you all.
And to all the dancers that have come and gone in the past six years, thank you for keeping me grounded and constantly inspired.
It has truly been an honor to perform and experience life with you.

Six years ago, You welcomed me with open arms into your community. You have engaged, challenged and supported me.
Tonight, I encourage you to gaze with new eyes and see all of the things I know to be true about Whim.
See beauty, fluidity, kindness, thoughtfulness, fire, discipline, drive, heart and sickle pickles!
It’s been an immense honor and I cannot wait to share with you, one last time.
Cheers to You and this amazing company, Whim W’him.

Liane Aung, Dancer

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for artists to imagine and explore the human condition

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