Michael Arellano, Whim W'Him's newest dancer, has been active, inquisitive and physically fearless from the very beginning. Born and raised in Rochester, MI, a pleasant suburb about 20 miles north of Detroit, Whim W’Him’s newest [...]
“It’s amazing! Six hours all together in the studio, big space, big movements, in socks. It almost felt like a normal day,” said Olivier Wevers, Whim W’Him’s artistic director and the choreographer of This Is [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
October 21, 2019 Dance, the most (literally) touching of arts, especially contemporary dance as practiced by Whim W'Him before the virus, is hard to imagine without physical dancer interaction, not to speak [...]
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.
“The dancers are incredible, kind and humble. They don’t look down their noses, arrogance doesn’t exist. That’s so obvious, and so rare,” says Melody O'Neill, Whim W'Him's patron services manager. It's certainly been my experience [...]