Choreographic Shindig call for choreographers will open Spring 2020.
Auditions for 2020-2021 season will be held in Seattle and New York City March 2020
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Whim W’Him is a Seattle-based nonprofit performing arts organization whose mission is to provide a platform, centered on choreography and dance, for artists to explore their craft through innovation and collaboration.
The company is committed to high-caliber relevant art that engages and challenges audiences. Each season we perform in January, June, and September at Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center and The Erickson Theatre Off Broadway. We serve 10,000 individuals annually with our mainstage programs and outreach efforts.
Olivier Wevers, Artistic Director
Originally from Brussels, Belgium, Olivier is the founded Whim W’Him in 2009. In 2012 Olivier was honored with the City of Seattle’s Mayor’s Arts Award and in 2011 he received the Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship. In both 2011 and 2010, Olivier’s work took home the grand prize award at the Annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in California and he has also been named by Dance Magazine as one of their 25 to watch.
Olivier has created and set works for numerous companies and festivals around the world, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Czech Republic’s Ballet of the National Theatre Brno, Grand Rapids Ballet, Northwest Dance Project, SFDanceworks, Ballet X, Spectrum Dance Theater, Seattle Dance Project, Cornish Dance Theater, Prix de Lausanne, PNB’s Laugh Out Loud Festival, White Bird’s 4×4 Ballet Project, and Against the Grain/Men in Dance. Olivier danced as a Principal Dancer at Royal Winnipeg Ballet before becoming a Principal with Pacific Northwest Ballet, where he danced in leading roles in the major full-length classical ballets, as well as in contemporary works by the world’s most noted choreographers.
Board of Directors
Whim W’Him is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 12 business and community leaders, chaired by Ila Nazarco.
Whim W’Him was founded in 2009 by Olivier Wevers, former Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer and choreographer. In 2010 the company debuted in Seattle at On The Boards and in 2012 premiered its first full-length production. The inaugural Choreographic Shindig took place in 2015 which put the power of curation into the hands of our dancers. In 2016 we converted our 7 dancers to staff from contractors. In that same year, we started a salary growth plan for them. Today our dancers receive benefits and one of the most competitive contracts in the region for contemporary dance.
Whim W’Him is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation