About Victoria Farr Brown

Victoria Farr Brown is a writer, mostly of fiction, based in Seattle, and a long-time lover of dance. Behind the Scenes focuses on WhimW’Him—Olivier Wevers’s dance company, formed in 2009—its projects, artists, and whatever ideas, whimsical or otherwise, strike her in the course of watching the company grow.

breaking away – Mike Tyus & Madison Olandt

In these shifting, distanced, untethered times, we hunger for anchor points to hold on to. We crave juicy, thirst-quenching thoughts, feelings and ideas to engage with. But reality—the solid, the substantive, whatever actually exists—seems out of reach these days. Like [...]

2020-09-27T23:00:22-07:00September 27th, 2020|

retooling – Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

No question, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is the sort of person you'd like to have in your life during a pandemic. Fiercely alive, wildly inventive, wide-ranging in her artistic interests, she greets the unknown with humor, grace and depth. On March [...]

2020-09-03T09:37:14-07:00September 2nd, 2020|

retiring – Mia Monteabaro

Mia Monteabaro has a reticent rather than flamboyant personality and doesn’t like public speaking, but she is very articulate and perceptive in her verbal observations. She is honest and deeply expressive in her dance. With the XALT program, Mia is [...]

2020-08-13T19:07:23-07:00August 12th, 2020|

evolving – Whim W’Him reboots

What is essential work? Official definitions change every few days and differently in different places. But beyond the basic physical requirements for sustenance and rudimentary health, some needs—like art; love in its widest meanings of connection with others; a sense of play—are primal, necessary to the sustaining of human culture and life worth living.

2020-07-31T14:07:13-07:00May 31st, 2020|

forms of light – RSVR visual research

Hayley Buckbee & Ian Campbell ...are the people behind RSVR Visual Research. The name, a condensing of 'reservoir,' they told me, "describes our interdisciplinary studio environment and our approach to project work. We champion collaboration; this dialogue between the artist [...]

2020-01-24T23:04:58-08:00January 24th, 2020|

exploring empathy – Olivier Wevers

"The world feels so divided now," says Whim W’Him artistic director Olivier Wevers. Each of us, no matter how kind or compassionate we consider ourselves to be, has blind spots, moments of selective empathy, insidious tunnel vision. Even when we [...]

2020-01-16T11:45:54-08:00January 15th, 2020|