“Feet aren’t just there to support a body, they’re not just a pillar.”

So says Whim w’Him artistic director Olivier Wevers. Hands are often used as no more than decoration or extension of a position, and feet can become either just a means of propulsion or the object of attention in themselves—mere “fancy footwork.” In his choreography Olivier strives to weld the entire body and its limbs into an expressive unit, to make it say something all together. Sometimes one body part can express something and another contradict it, but the whole needs to convey a distinct idea or emotion.

Olivier has used several forms of footwear in his works. Each serves a purpose, helps to communicate something particular. He’s used pointe shoes…

… to be brilliant and showy…