REVIEWS

Whim Shines in ‘Xpress’

Dancers blaze through a series of curving, intricate solos, commanding the stage. The choreography is striking, first for its rich, detailed movement executed in a short amount of time, and second for its cleanliness. No step is performed in excess; dancers embody precision without the slightest hint of indulgence. [Full Article]

Meredith Pellon, Seattle Dances, January 20, 2020

Whim W’Him Celebrates A Decade of Dance with Another XCITING Program

Clearly Whim W’Him has been true to its values and vision throughout ten years of dance-making, while providing resources to choreographers of all genders, races, and styles. Their only shared traits are these: the ability to express their imaginations in dance; the ability to tap into the talents of the dancers and other artists provided; and the ability to manifest their imaginations in works that move and inspire audiences. The current choreographers in XPRESS show these traits in abundance. [Full Article]

Sharon Cumberland, Seattle Gay News, January 24, 2020

Casta Diva(s)

XPRESS is more than a play on words — Wevers and Whim W’Him provide an opportunity for choreographic voices to be heard and seen. As I like to say, “now more than ever” we need what art and artists bring and contribute to the world. [Full Article]

Dean Speer, Critical Dance, January 26, 2020

Versatility and Range at Xpress

The variety of choreography showcased how versatile the Whim W’Him dancers are; regardless of style, they are cohesive and expressive. [Full Article]

Lily Williamson, Teen Tix, February 5, 2020

Dancers Wow on a Quick Visit to Vashon

“Whim W’Him…brings a level of art and dance to VCA that our community has asked for and VCA’s beautiful stage can accommodate well” [Full Article]

Elizabeth Shepherd, Vashon Beachcomber, January 22, 2020

Whim W’Him’s Season X

It is crazy to believe that Whim W’Him is now entering its 10th season as one of the elite contemporary dance companies in the world. Over the past decade, Whim W’Him has developed brilliant pieces of conceptual art that evokes intellectual and emotional responsiveness. With its 10th season premiere (and the 5th iteration of the Choreographic Shindig), Whim W’Him continues to top itself.  [Full Article]

Chris Heide, Chosen Magazine, September 19, 2019

Whim’s Shindig V!

Sweat is flying! Dancers glide across the stage in duets of athletic virtuosity, sliding over one another’s bodies in glossy feats of partnering. Quick, buoyant leaps and powerful grand battements are sprinkled into the smooth movement vocabulary.  [Full Article]

Meredith Pellon, Seattle Dances, September 16, 2019

Starting With A Bang!

Choreographic Shindig V demonstrated once again the versatility and technical prowess of the Whim W’Him dancers, their ability to not only perform diverse works but to invigorate them. I’ve said it before, but it bears frequent repetition: one of the biggest gifts Wevers has given Seattle dance fans is the opportunity to experience a range of choreographers from outside our region, even our country. [Full Article]

Marcie Sillman, And Another Thing…, September 16, 2019

Whim W’Him’s Choreographic Shindig V

For this year’s Choreographic Shindig, the chosen choreographers are Kyra Jean Green (of Trip the Light Fantastic), Yoshito Sakuraba (of Abarukas dance) and Joshua Manculich (who has worked with multiple companies). Each has created dynamic new works specifically for the innovators in the Whim W’Him crew. [Full Article]

Brangien Davis & Misha Berson, Crosscut, September 12 2019

Choreographic Shindig V at Erickson Theater

Whim W’Him kicks off their fall season the way they have for the last four years—with a sort of opposite day where dancers choose the choreographer with whom they want to work.  [Full Article]

Rich Smith, The Stranger, September 10, 2019

Whim W’Him’s Brilliant ‘This Is Not The Little Prince’

In the kind of extended ekphrasis represented by Whim W’Him’s current offering, both as a choreographer and as an artistic director, Olivier Wevers seems to have found his métier. [Full Article]

Jim Jones, Seattle Gay News, June 14, 2019

Storytelling Through Contemporary Dance

Each dancer moves their body in ways that are fluid and unbelievable. The immense amount of flexibility and intertwining of their bodies, depending on each other while they play with different levels—some dancers flew in the air, some rolled on the floor, is incredible. [Full Article]

Teen Editorial Staff, Teen Tix, June 25, 2019

Once told he’d never be a dancer, Olivier Wever’s leads one of Seattle’s most innovative dance companies

This year marks a decade since Wevers launched Whim W’Him, and in those 10 years, he has created a beloved company that readily serves as a platform for local, national and international choreographers, and is also one of the very few Seattle dance companies that offer full-time (more than 30 weeks) employment with benefits to its dancers. Wevers has also impacted the local dance scene through his innovative exploration of movement and tireless championing of the arts. [Full Article]

Rachel Gallaher, The Seattle Times, February 13, 2019

When A Mother Outlives Her Son

For everyone, the music and dance of the production by Whim W’Him and Early Music Seattle is a captivating exploration of grief and the role of a mother. Either way one approaches it, the performance was a spellbinding capturing of this ancient narrative, and a strong representation of universal feeling between mother and son, between life and death. [Full Article]

Teen Editorial Staff, Teen Tix, March 14, 2019

Seattle: Spring 2019

Whim W’him’s annual Choreographic Shindig commissioned three new works as chosen by the company dancers. Alice Klock, Omar Román De Jesús and Brendan Duggan put both the company’s extreme technique and acting ability on display. [Full Article]

Kaitlin McCarthy, Dance International, February 19, 2019

Period Instruments Meet Modern Dance

Wevers’ style is characteristically non-linear, relying much on contrast. Some moments will focus on the narrative, others on the emotions it arouses for the dancers. [Full Article]

Thomas May, Early Music America, February 22, 2019

‘3×3’ carries on Whim W’Him’s streak of innovative, politically inflected dance

Whim W’Him’s latest offering, “3×3,” blends pure abstraction with propulsive partnering and political undertones. [Full Article]

Megan Burbank, Seattle Times, January 24, 2019

Whim W’Him Presents an Exceptional Evening of Contemporary Dance

I love abstraction in dance, such as Yin Yue’s offering of pure movement onto which I can formulate my own ideas about containment and proportion. But I also love the more literal revelations into the artists’ minds, especially when they address the major concerns of the audience and times. Wevers’ powerful moral voice empowers choreography to grapple with the war between injustice and hope.   [Full Article]

Sharon Cumberland, Seattle Gay News, January 25, 2019

Whim W’Him: A Trail of Souls

Set to the hauntingly beautiful score of Polish composer Henryk Górecki… Trail of Soles is a mature choreographic work that bears repeating and seeing again. [Full Article]

Dean Speer, Critical Dance, January 25, 2019

Searching for Grace in a World Gone Crazy

I found myself riveted by the movements. In their simple repetitions, they carried me beyond my seat in the Cornish Playhouse. [Full Article]

Marcie Sillman, And another thing, January 28, 2019

Crossing Borders

Trail of Soles is not just a powerful dance piece; it is protest art. This is resistance. [Full Article]

Risa Nagel, Seattle Dances, January 24, 2019

The Transcendent Art of Whim W’Him

Given that Whim W’Him continues to shock and impress with every showcase, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the trajectory of this contemporary dance company is limitless. [Full Article]

Chris Heide & Alka Sareen, Chosen Magazine, January 20, 2019

Three Dance Pieces About an Increasingly Rare Thing

Like her other work, The Most Illusive Hold will push the boundaries of physicality in dance, testing the technical prowess of Whim W’Him’s company. While Scofield’s dance will feel more meditative and introverted, Yue’s will stand out for its sheer kineticism. [Full Article]

Rich Smith, The Stranger, January 16, 2019

Whim W’Him Dances in Cursive with Olivier Wevers

That’s what I think is so cool about Whim W’Him – it put Seattle on my radar as a dance community, which it wasn’t there before.   [Full Article]

Jordan McHenry, Dance on Air Podcast featuring Olivier Wevers, January 19, 2019

The Bold Season Premiere of Whim W’Him

In the 4th iteration of the shindig, the brilliant dance company once again showcases brand new choreography from talented creators across the globe. That is the thing that allows Whim W’Him to stand out from the pack – they frequently push to celebrate new art, emerging artists and boundary-pushing ideas. [Full Article]

Chris Heide, Chosen Magazine, September 12, 2018

Whim W’Him’s dancer-curated ‘Choreographic Shindig’

All three selected works take full advantage of the Whim W’him dancers’ extreme technical skill and promise to push the dancers’ emotional delivery. This balance is a priority during curation. [Full Article]

Kaitlin McCarthy, City Arts, August 29, 2018 

Whim Wows With Dancing and Acting

In Alice Klock’s Before After, the seven dancers of Whim W’Him treat the audience to innovative movement vocabulary, interspersed with gestures performed with creature-like curiosity. [Full Article]

Phillipa Myler, Seattle Dances, September 17, 2018

Let the Games…er Arts…Begin

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: one of the biggest gifts Whim W’Him Artistic Director Olivier Wevers brings to Seattle dance fans is the opportunity to see new works by contemporary choreographers from around the world. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. [Full Article]

Marcie Sillman, And Another Thing…, September 11, 2018

What Happens When You Give Dancers A Say?

Although these pieces were about wildly different topics, they all explored two ends of a spectrum. Because of the choreographer’s use of the dancers’ input during the creation process, the company was clearly invested in every piece.  [Full Article]

Anya S., Teen Tix, October 3, 2018

When the muse is mental illness, moves are brisk, dreamy

Choreographer Omar Román De Jesús embodies bipolar disorder with dance. [Full Article]

Michael Upchurch, Crosscut, September 5, 2018

From Lynchian Discomfort to Anti-Fascist Ballet, Whim W’Him Delivers A Strong Season Closer

If you don’t have a high tolerance for contemporary dance, Whim W’Him’s repertoire might seem abstract and forbidding, but the effort you put into watching it is richly rewarded — such is the reciprocal joy of challenging art. [Full Article]

Megan Burbank, The Seattle Times, June 11, 2018

Whim W’Him: Transfigurate

Peil is an amazingly gifted dancer and performer whose mercurial ability to switch from light to serious and for whom no level of technical demand seems too much, will be sorely missed. [Full Article]

Dean Speer, Critical Dance, June 8, 2018

Goodbye… And Hello

Artistic Director Wevers has taken great care over Whim W’Him’s eight years to recruit technically excellent dancers. It’s a small company; there are no official stars, but during her tenure he’s called on Peil to portray everything from humor to emotional disintegration, to twist her long body into knots and to soar across the stage. [Full Article]

Marcie Sillman, And Another Thing…, June 12, 2018

The Epic Season Finale of Whim W’Him

Whim W’Him has grown from a promising upstart of innovative dancers to a masterful dance company that is successfully redefining the meaning of contemporary dance. [Full Article]

Chris Heide, Chosen Magazine, June 14, 2018

Whim W’Him’s ‘Transfigurate’ A Brilliant Evening of Contemporary Dance

This is the best of contemporary dance – with three brilliant choreographers and seven dancers who are the seven wonders of the world. [Full Article]

Sharon Cumberland, Seattle Gay News, June 15, 2018

Vulnerability Leads in Transfigurate

All together the night was well curated and danced to perfection. The audience follow the gradual evolution of the Whim dancers as they move from the stark primal abstraction of Touzeau’s work to the satire realness of Agami’s, finishing with the imaginative reflection in Wevers. [Full Article]

Liz Houlton, Seattle Dances, June 18, 2018

Ten Contemporary Ballet Companies You Should Be Obsessed With

Wevers hires dancers with diverse backgrounds, creating a melting pot of a company. That’s something second-year dancer Liane Aung is grateful for: “Our differences give company members such varied perspectives,” she says.[Full Article]

Jenny Ouellette, Dance Spirit Magazine, March 7, 2018

Whim W’Him: We Relate

Whim W’Him continues to emblazon the dance community with works that engage, unsettle, cause discourse, and happily, as this program shows, uplift. [Full Article]

Dean Speer, Critical Dance, January 25, 2018

Whim W’Him Configures a Pleasant Evening of Dance

As with every Whim W’Him performance Wevers is committed to a total theatrical experience through careful attention to sound, costumes and lighting. [Full Article]

Alice Kaderlan, Seattle Pi, January 23, 2018

When Dancers Shine

I should say that all seven of the Whim W’Him company members are talented and well-trained. They dedicate themselves to the material at hand and always deliver excellent performances. [Full Article]

Marcie Sillman, January 23, 2018

Krina Turner Steps Up As Executive Director of Whim W’Him

Rather than being constrained by the canons of ballet or jazz, for Turner, contemporary dance blows the possibilities for storytelling wide open while still pulling freely from the vocabularies of more established forms. [Full Article]

Rich Smith, The Stranger, November 29, 2017

Whim W’Him’s Choreographic Shindig III a brilliant evening of contemporary dance

Whim W’Him is going from strength to strength and providing a forum for emerging choreographers to work with immensely talented dancers in creating unforgettable new works. [Full Article]

Sharon Cumberland, Seattle Gay News, October 3, 2017

Whim W’Him: Divining Dance

Whim W’Him’s dancers are a cadre of professional dance artists who always bring their “A-game” and who infuse each dance with just the right amount of technique, savvy, tone, and poetic expression. [Full Article]

Dean Speer, Critical Dance, September 22, 2017

The Icon Of Whim W’Him

In its third iteration of Choreographic Shindig, the season opening fete, Whim W’Him demonstrates its precise ability to attract top-tier, global talent. [Full Article

Chris Heide, Chosen Magazine, September 12, 2017

Whim W’Him: A New Season Begins

And with his third iteration of Choreographic Shindig, artistic director Olivier Wevers brings three promising new choreographers to town to put a new spin on Seattle contemporary dance performance. [Full Article]

Melody Datz Hansen, City Arts, September 12, 2017

Whim W’Him’s Latest Shindig Shines

For the past seven years, Olivier Wevers’ dance troupe has been consistently strong, presenting new and thought provoking dances. With “Choreographic Shindig III,” Whim W’Him has reached new heights. [Full Article]

Marcie Sillman, September 11, 2017

Whim W’Him raises the bar with ‘Choreographic Shindig’

For the 2018 edition of “Shindig, three choreographers from Chicago, Puerto Rico and Spain have already been selected from 150 applicants. Those fierce odds make plain how exacting the standards for “Shindig” now are. [Full Article]

Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times, September 11, 2017

Whim W’Him’s Approaching Ecstasy: A Feast for the Senses

Their entire Senses season was absolutely wonderful, and I’m extremely excited to see what the next season holds! [Full Article]

Michele Solano, Thus Spoke Lady M, June 11, 2017

Don’t miss Whim W’Him’s ‘Approaching Ecstasy’ – a milestone of dance, music, and poetry in perfect harmony! 

It is a work of timely and timeless beauty, and a very great artistic accomplishment for everyone involved in its development and presentation. This is a work that should be widely seen, not only for its mastery of so many art forms, but for its profound insight into the sad burden of injustice suffered by gay people past and present. [Full Article]

Sharon Cumberland, Seattle Ga