SPRING 22

NEW CREATIONS BY SHAMEL PITTS & MICAELA TAYLOR

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May 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2022 | CORNISH PLAYHOUSE
May 25, 2022
| VASHON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
May 28, 2022
| WHIDBEY ISLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Whim W’Him closes our twelfth season with the world premieres of two new dance creations by New York-based performance artist, dancer and spoken word artist Shamel Pitts, a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography, and Micaela Taylor, Artistic Director of The TL Collective in Los Angeles, CA.

There’s something about coming together, and dancing, and sharing art and movement and all those exchanges of energies that is cosmic and unmatched and also primordial. People have always come together to dance; people will always come together to dance.
Shamel Pitts, Observer

[Expand practice] comes from this idea that we are moving out from our core and using all the shapes we can make; this idea that it’s not one idea that we are after, and it is not one style of dance. We are always expanding.
Micaela Taylor, Dance Magazine

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Live performances are subject to COVID-19 reopening guidelines and public health and safety mandates.

May 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2022 | CORNISH PLAYHOUSE
May 25, 2022
| VASHON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
May 28, 2022
| WHIDBEY ISLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Whim W’Him closes our twelfth season with the world premieres of two new dance creations by New York-based performance artist, dancer and spoken word artist Shamel Pitts, a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography, and Micaela Taylor, Artistic Director of The TL Collective in Los Angeles, CA.

There’s something about coming together, and dancing, and sharing art and movement and all those exchanges of energies that is cosmic and unmatched and also primordial. People have always come together to dance; people will always come together to dance.
Shamel Pitts, Observer

[Expand practice] comes from this idea that we are moving out from our core and using all the shapes we can make; this idea that it’s not one idea that we are after, and it is not one style of dance. We are always expanding.
Micaela Taylor, Dance Magazine

Scroll down for more information and tickets.

Live performances are subject to COVID-19 reopening guidelines and public health and safety mandates.

May 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2022

CORNISH PLAYHOUSE
AT SEATTLE CENTER

TICKETS AVAIL 8/1

May 25, 2022

VASHON CENTER
FOR THE ARTS

TICKETS AVAIL 8/1

May 28, 2022

WHIDBEY ISLAND
CENTER FOR THE ARTS

TICKETS AVAIL 8/1

May 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2022

CORNISH PLAYHOUSE
AT SEATTLE CENTER

TICKETS AVAIL 8/1

May 25, 2022

VASHON CENTER
FOR THE ARTS

TICKETS AVAIL 8/1

May 28, 2022

WHIDBEY ISLAND
CENTER FOR THE ARTS

TICKETS AVAIL 8/1

CHOREOGRAPHER

SHAMEL PITTS

he/him/his

2020 Guggenheim Fellow Shamel Pitts is a performance artist, choreographer, conceptual artist, dancer, spoken word artist, and teacher. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Pitts began his dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts and, simultaneously, at The Ailey School. He is 2003 YoungArts Finalist and a first prize (level 1) winner of the YoungArts competition. Pitts then went on to receive his BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and was awarded the Martha Hill Award for excellence in dance. He began his dance career in Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance and BJM_Danse Montreal. Pitts danced with Batsheva Dance Company for seven years, under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin and is a certified teacher of Gaga movement language. He has created a triptych of award-winning multidisciplinary performance art works known as his “BLACK series” which has been performed and toured extensively to festivals around the world since 2016. He is an adjunct at The Juilliard School and has been an artist in residence at Harvard University. Pitts is the choreographer of the play “Help” by acclaimed poet and playwright Claudia Rankine, commissioned at The Shed in New York. He is the recipient of a 2018 Princess Grace Award in Choreography, a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Award winner in Choreography, and a 2020 Jacob’s Pillow artist in residence. Shamel is the artistic director/founder of TRIBE, a New York based multidisciplinary arts collective. TRIBE was a 92Y Harkness Dance Center’s Artist In Residence for the 2020/21 season.

CHOREOGRAPHER

MICAELA TAYLOR

she/her/hers

Micaela Taylor is a professional dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of The TL Collective. She is the recipient of the Inaugural Springboard EMERGE Choreographic Award and was recently named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” 2019, and appeared on the cover of Dance Magazine in May 2020. She is trailblazing in the city of Los Angeles and beyond. Alongside the launch of The TL Collective, Taylor has been commissioned to choreograph and teach by BODYTRAFFIC, Springboard Danse Montreal, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, B12 Festival Berlin, Carlos Acosta’s Acosta Danza, and more. Taylor’s work has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Broad Stage, Ford Amphitheatre, The Barclay Center, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and more. Her quirky style of facial expressions and athletic theatricality sets her work apart. SNAP, a commissioned work created for BODYTRAFFIC set her mark as a choreographer that transcends one style of dance. She formed a new movement style called Expand Practice, which allows individuals to expand their mind, body, and narrative.

CHOREOGRAPHER

SHAMEL PITTS

he/him/his

2020 Guggenheim Fellow Shamel Pitts is a performance artist, choreographer, conceptual artist, dancer, spoken word artist, and teacher. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Pitts began his dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts and, simultaneously, at The Ailey School. He is 2003 YoungArts Finalist and a first prize (level 1) winner of the YoungArts competition. Pitts then went on to receive his BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and was awarded the Martha Hill Award for excellence in dance. He began his dance career in Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance and BJM_Danse Montreal. Pitts danced with Batsheva Dance Company for seven years, under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin and is a certified teacher of Gaga movement language. He has created a triptych of award-winning multidisciplinary performance art works known as his “BLACK series” which has been performed and toured extensively to festivals around the world since 2016. He is an adjunct at The Juilliard School and has been an artist in residence at Harvard University. Pitts is the choreographer of the play “Help” by acclaimed poet and playwright Claudia Rankine, commissioned at The Shed in New York. He is the recipient of a 2018 Princess Grace Award in Choreography, a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Award winner in Choreography, and a 2020 Jacob’s Pillow artist in residence. Shamel is the artistic director/founder of TRIBE, a New York based multidisciplinary arts collective. TRIBE was a 92Y Harkness Dance Center’s Artist In Residence for the 2020/21 season.

CHOREOGRAPHER

MICAELA TAYLOR

she/her/hers

Micaela Taylor is a professional dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of The TL Collective. She is the recipient of the Inaugural Springboard EMERGE Choreographic Award and was recently named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” 2019, and appeared on the cover of Dance Magazine in May 2020. She is trailblazing in the city of Los Angeles and beyond. Alongside the launch of The TL Collective, Taylor has been commissioned to choreograph and teach by BODYTRAFFIC, Springboard Danse Montreal, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, B12 Festival Berlin, Carlos Acosta’s Acosta Danza, and more. Taylor’s work has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Broad Stage, Ford Amphitheatre, The Barclay Center, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and more. Her quirky style of facial expressions and athletic theatricality sets her work apart. SNAP, a commissioned work created for BODYTRAFFIC set her mark as a choreographer that transcends one style of dance. She formed a new movement style called Expand Practice, which allows individuals to expand their mind, body, and narrative.

LIGHTING DESIGNER

MICHAEL MAZZOLA

he/him/his

Michael’s critically acclaimed lighting and scenery has been seen in venues all over the USA, Europe, and Asia, ranging from opera houses to amphitheaters to circus tents to hay barns. The 3-time New York Dance and Performance Award winner has designed lighting and scenery for many dance companies, in the USA, Australia, Finland, Sweden, Cuba. He designed lighting and video for the 2015 Presidential Scholars Awards, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Michael has also been Senior Scenic Designer on two Comedy Central Celebrity Roasts, as well as the 2015 Lincoln Awards at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for Uplight, Inc, based in NYC. Some of his performance photography has been published in Liz Lerman’s book “Hiking the Horizontal”, as well on the websites and marketing materials for Bebe Miller Company and Rachel Tess Dance.

LIGHTING DESIGNER

MICHAEL MAZZOLA

he/him/his

Michael’s critically acclaimed lighting and scenery has been seen in venues all over the USA, Europe, and Asia, ranging from opera houses to amphitheaters to circus tents to hay barns. The 3-time New York Dance and Performance Award winner has designed lighting and scenery for many dance companies, in the USA, Australia, Finland, Sweden, Cuba. He designed lighting and video for the 2015 Presidential Scholars Awards, at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Michael has also been Senior Scenic Designer on two Comedy Central Celebrity Roasts, as well as the 2015 Lincoln Awards at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for Uplight, Inc, based in NYC. Some of his performance photography has been published in Liz Lerman’s book “Hiking the Horizontal”, as well on the websites and marketing materials for Bebe Miller Company and Rachel Tess Dance.

VISION

Enriching lives by investing in imagination,
illuminating that art exists within each and everyone

DANCERS

  • MICHAEL ARELLANO
  • LIANE AUNG
  • JANE CRACOVANER
  • NELL JOSEPHINE
  • JIM KENT
  • ANDREW MCSHEA
  • KARL WATSON

BEHIND THE SCENES

Exploring, intimately and in wider perspective, the creative process of Whim W’Him and our many collaborators—in the studio, behind the scenes and onstage.

DANCERS

  • MICHAEL ARELLANO
  • LIANE AUNG
  • JANE CRACOVANER
  • NELL JOSEPHINE
  • JIM KENT
  • ANDREW MCSHEA
  • KARL WATSON

BEHIND THE SCENES

Exploring, intimately and in wider perspective, the creative process of Whim W’Him and our many collaborators—in the studio, behind the scenes and onstage.

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