La Langue de l’amour is a frothy, sassy, provocative little solo in the tradition of last year’s hit Coquette. Choreographed last fall by Whim W’Him‘s Olivier Wevers, it premiered in November 2011 as part of a New Orleans Ballet Association and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts program by the sensational duo Jacoby & Pronk.
The structured wisp of a frock for La Langue was whipped up by Christine Joly de Lotbiniere, who is also constructing costumes for ThrOwn, the pièce de resistance of Whim W’Him‘s January 20-22, 2012 performances at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre. These two works couldn’t be more different in tone, style or intention. Yet striking and intriguing visual threads (mesh, dark bands) connect the basic garment worn by all five dancers, female and male, in ThrOwn, with the soloist’s costume in La Langue.