SPRING ’24

featuring new creations by

Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Ihsan Rustem & Olivier Wevers

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MAY 10 – 18, 2024 @ 8:00 PM | Cornish Playhouse
MAY 15, 2024 @ 7:30 PM | Vashon Center for the Arts

Get ready to witness a fusion of artistic brilliance that transcends boundaries and ignites the stage. Join us for a remarkable program bringing together three globally acclaimed choreographers: the visionary Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, the beloved Whim W’Him favorite Ihsan Rustem, and our own illustrious Olivier Wevers. Prepare to be moved as we bring our 14th season to a close with SPRING ’24.

In his Seattle premiere, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano is one of Spain’s most internationally acclaimed artists, both as a choreographer and artistic director. He was Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater from 2009 until 2013, and now combines his work as a freelance choreographer with Proyecto Titoyaya, the Spanish dance company he founded in 2006 with Veronica Garcia Moscardo.

Returning for his fourth creation on the company, Switzerland-based Ihsan Rustem is a Whim W’Him favorite and is the Artistic Director of the Swiss dance company Cie. La Ronde,  founded in 2020 with choreographer Cathy Marston, and the Resident Choreographer for the NW Dance Project in Portland where he has created twelve works to date. 

Spring ‘24 includes yet another exquisite new creation from Whim W’Him Founder and Artistic Director, Olivier Wevers.

As the curtain falls on this season, don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience the magic of contemporary dance at its finest. Performances run at Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center on May 10, 11, 17 & 18 and at Vashon Center for the Arts on May 15. Purchase tickets today!

MAY 10 – 18, 2024 @ 8:00 PM | Cornish Playhouse
MAY 15, 2024 @ 7:30 PM | Vashon Center for the Arts

Get ready to witness a fusion of artistic brilliance that transcends boundaries and ignites the stage. Join us for a remarkable program bringing together three globally acclaimed choreographers: the visionary Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, the beloved Whim W’Him favorite Ihsan Rustem, and our own illustrious Olivier Wevers. Prepare to be moved as we bring our 14th season to a close with SPRING ’24.

In his Seattle premiere, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano is one of Spain’s most internationally acclaimed artists, both as a choreographer and artistic director. He was Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater from 2009 until 2013, and now combines his work as a freelance choreographer with Proyecto Titoyaya, the Spanish dance company he founded in 2006 with Veronica Garcia Moscardo.

Returning for his fourth creation on the company, Switzerland-based Ihsan Rustem is a Whim W’Him favorite and is the Artistic Director of the Swiss dance company Cie. La Ronde,  founded in 2020 with choreographer Cathy Marston, and the Resident Choreographer for the NW Dance Project in Portland where he has created twelve works to date. 

Spring ‘24 includes yet another exquisite new creation from Whim W’Him Founder and Artistic Director, Olivier Wevers.

As the curtain falls on this season, don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience the magic of contemporary dance at its finest. Performances run at Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center on May 10, 11, 17 & 18 and at Vashon Center for the Arts on May 15. Purchase tickets today!

General ticket
$15 – $40

Premium ticket
$75

MAY 10 – 18

Cornish
Playhouse
Seattle, WA

MAY 15

Vashon Center
for the Arts
Vashon, WA

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CHOREOGRAPHER

Gustavo Ramirez Sansano

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Founder of Titoyaya Dansa in 2006 together with Verónica García. He trained at the Josetta García school and the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona ​​and is a performer at Ballet Víctor Ullate, Nederlands Dance Theater 2, and Hubbard Street Dance Company Chicago.
He began to choreograph since his last stage at the Institut del Teatre, standing out as the winner of the Ricard Moragas Award. Then he will come the Prix Dom Perignon, Ettoile de Ballet 2000, Maspalomas, TGV Performing Arts Awards, Dance Magazine 25 to watch, and Chicagoans of the Year in the Art / Dance category.

His pieces are present at festivals and fairs such as Jacob’s Pillow or APAP New York and at schools such as the Juilliard School of Arts, Butler University, and Daf Dance Arts Faculty. In the last 20 years, she has made more than 60 creations for companies around the world: Ballet Hispánico, Ballet BC, Hubbard Street Dance, Luna Negra, Luzerner Theater, Compañía Nacional de Danza, and Nederlands Dans Theater, among others. Between 2009 and 2012 she directed the Chicago-based company Luna Negra Dance Theater.

CHOREOGRAPHER

Ihsan Rustem

he/him/his
Choreographer Ihsan Rustem was born in London, where he trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

Ihsan is Artistic Director of the Swiss dance company Cie. La Ronde,  founded in 2020 with choreographer Cathy Marston, and the Resident Choreographer for the NW Dance Project in Portland, Oregon USA, where he has created twelve works to date.  

Further collaborations include the Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Sao Paulo City Ballet, National Ballet of Chile, Ballet Moscow, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2, Istanbul State Ballet MDT, Tanz Luzerner Theater, Bern Ballet, Konzert Theater St Gallen, Whim W’Him Seattle, Ballet Edmonton Canada, Junior Ballet Antwerp, Ballare Carmel, Ballett Augsburg, Thüringer Staatsballett, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Tanztheater, Kazan State Opera and Ballet, Koblenz Ballet, Ballet Regensburg, Würzburg Ballet, Siberian State Ballet, Salt Contemporary Dance USA, Repertory Dance Theater Utah, Staatstheater Cottbus, Arts Umbrella Dance Company Vancouver, Moving Arts Cincinnati, National Youth Dance Company, Palucca Hochschule Dresden, Codarts, ZHdK, Tanzwerk101, Taipei National University of the Arts and the Rambert School. He was a featured choreographer for Russia’s popular TV show ‘The Bolshoi Ballet’. 

Nederlands Dans Theater named Ihsan as one of their Up & Coming Choreographers for the 2018/19 season. 

His work for the NW Dance Project has been recognized with numerous accolades. State of Matter won the 2012 Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest as well as the Public Prize at the 25th International Competition for Choreographers Hannover, and Carmen received Dance Magazine’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Collaboration. Rustem was also the 2014 recipient of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s International Commissioning Project.

Rustem is the former Director of the Ballettschule Luzern and in 2021 he joined the jury of the prestigious Prix de Lausanne. He has been a jury member for Concorso Internazionale di Danza Città di Rieti and in 2023 will join the jury of the Dance World Cup in Braga Portugal.

From 2000-2014 Ihsan Rustem was a dancer with the Ballet Theater Munich, Introdans, State Theater Bern Ballet, Tanz Luzerner Theater and Adventures in Motion Pictures. He originated roles in creations by Wayne McGregor, Hofesh Shechter, Alexander Ekman, Matthew Bourne, Stijn Celis, Patrick Delcroix, Cayetano Soto, Felix Landerer, Cathy Marston and worked with choreographers Mats Ek, Jiri Kylián, Paul Lightfoot / Sol Leon, Hans van Manen and William Forsythe, amongst others.

He is the former Artistic Director of the Dance Art Studio Ballettschule Luzern.

CHOREOGRAPHER

Olivier Wevers

he/him/his

From ballet training in his native Belgium, Olivier learned the beauty, passion and discipline of the art. On coming to North America at age 19, he discovered the exhilaration of many new dance forms. As a principal dancer, first with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and later, for most of his dancing career, with Pacific Northwest Ballet, he acquired his strong conviction that dancers are the heart and soul of a company. As such they, and artists in general, must live at the very center of the process, their dignity, psychological and creative growth and safety deemed just as essential as their technical accomplishments. 

During his years of performing in classical and contemporary works by choreographers from around the world, Olivier also discovered the thrill of making dances and how imaginative story-telling and movement exploration connect to caring about individuality and physicality. Creating dances fed his perennial curiosity. It became my way to express myself and, during the process, to be able to learn more about the human condition, start dialogues, touch people and share ideas, reflecting on our times and our humanity.”

CHOREOGRAPHER

Gustavo Ramirez Sansano

he/him/his

Founder of Titoyaya Dansa in 2006 together with Verónica García. He trained at the Josetta García school and the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona ​​and is a performer at Ballet Víctor Ullate, Nederlands Dance Theater 2, and Hubbard Street Dance Company Chicago.
He began to choreograph since his last stage at the Institut del Teatre, standing out as the winner of the Ricard Moragas Award. Then he will come the Prix Dom Perignon, Ettoile de Ballet 2000, Maspalomas, TGV Performing Arts Awards, Dance Magazine 25 to watch, and Chicagoans of the Year in the Art / Dance category.

His pieces are present at festivals and fairs such as Jacob’s Pillow or APAP New York and at schools such as the Juilliard School of Arts, Butler University, and Daf Dance Arts Faculty. In the last 20 years, she has made more than 60 creations for companies around the world: Ballet Hispánico, Ballet BC, Hubbard Street Dance, Luna Negra, Luzerner Theater, Compañía Nacional de Danza, and Nederlands Dans Theater, among others. Between 2009 and 2012 she directed the Chicago-based company Luna Negra Dance Theater.

CHOREOGRAPHER

Ihsan Rustem

he/him/his
Choreographer Ihsan Rustem was born in London, where he trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

Ihsan is Artistic Director of the Swiss dance company Cie. La Ronde,  founded in 2020 with choreographer Cathy Marston, and the Resident Choreographer for the NW Dance Project in Portland, Oregon USA, where he has created twelve works to date.  

Further collaborations include the Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Sao Paulo City Ballet, National Ballet of Chile, Ballet Moscow, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2, Istanbul State Ballet MDT, Tanz Luzerner Theater, Bern Ballet, Konzert Theater St Gallen, Whim W’Him Seattle, Ballet Edmonton Canada, Junior Ballet Antwerp, Ballare Carmel, Ballett Augsburg, Thüringer Staatsballett, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Tanztheater, Kazan State Opera and Ballet, Koblenz Ballet, Ballet Regensburg, Würzburg Ballet, Siberian State Ballet, Salt Contemporary Dance USA, Repertory Dance Theater Utah, Staatstheater Cottbus, Arts Umbrella Dance Company Vancouver, Moving Arts Cincinnati, National Youth Dance Company, Palucca Hochschule Dresden, Codarts, ZHdK, Tanzwerk101, Taipei National University of the Arts and the Rambert School. He was a featured choreographer for Russia’s popular TV show ‘The Bolshoi Ballet’. 

Nederlands Dans Theater named Ihsan as one of their Up & Coming Choreographers for the 2018/19 season. 

His work for the NW Dance Project has been recognized with numerous accolades. State of Matter won the 2012 Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest as well as the Public Prize at the 25th International Competition for Choreographers Hannover, and Carmen received Dance Magazine’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Collaboration. Rustem was also the 2014 recipient of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s International Commissioning Project.

Rustem is the former Director of the Ballettschule Luzern and in 2021 he joined the jury of the prestigious Prix de Lausanne. He has been a jury member for Concorso Internazionale di Danza Città di Rieti and in 2023 will join the jury of the Dance World Cup in Braga Portugal.

From 2000-2014 Ihsan Rustem was a dancer with the Ballet Theater Munich, Introdans, State Theater Bern Ballet, Tanz Luzerner Theater and Adventures in Motion Pictures. He originated roles in creations by Wayne McGregor, Hofesh Shechter, Alexander Ekman, Matthew Bourne, Stijn Celis, Patrick Delcroix, Cayetano Soto, Felix Landerer, Cathy Marston and worked with choreographers Mats Ek, Jiri Kylián, Paul Lightfoot / Sol Leon, Hans van Manen and William Forsythe, amongst others.

He is the former Artistic Director of the Dance Art Studio Ballettschule Luzern.

CHOREOGRAPHER

Olivier Wevers

he/him/his

From ballet training in his native Belgium, Olivier learned the beauty, passion and discipline of the art. On coming to North America at age 19, he discovered the exhilaration of many new dance forms. As a principal dancer, first with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and later, for most of his dancing career, with Pacific Northwest Ballet, he acquired his strong conviction that dancers are the heart and soul of a company. As such they, and artists in general, must live at the very center of the process, their dignity, psychological and creative growth and safety deemed just as essential as their technical accomplishments.

During his years of performing in classical and contemporary works by choreographers from around the world, Olivier also discovered the thrill of making dances and how imaginative story-telling and movement exploration connect to caring about individuality and physicality. Creating dances fed his perennial curiosity. It became my way to express myself and, during the process, to be able to learn more about the human condition, start dialogues, touch people and share ideas, reflecting on our times and our humanity.”

DANCERS

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Michael Mazzola

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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.

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

Becca Blackwell

she/they

Becca Blackwell is a talented and versatile professional in the world of performing arts, making their mark as a dedicated Production Stage Manager for Whim W’him. With an extensive background in stage management, lighting design, and stagehand work, Becca has made a significant impact on the Seattle dance scene.

As a Production Stage Manager, Becca orchestrates the behind-the-scenes magic, ensuring smooth and flawless performances. Their organizational prowess, exceptional communication skills, and ability to handle high-pressure situations make them an invaluable asset to the Whim W’him team. Becca’s meticulous planning and coordination allow the creative vision to come to life on stage seamlessly. Additionally, Becca’s talents extend to lighting design, where their keen artistic vision and technical finesse have contributed to the creation of captivating visual experiences on stage.

With a diverse skill set, unwavering dedication, and a passion for the performing arts, Becca Blackwell continues to shine as a vital force in the industry. Their contributions, both as a stage manager and lighting designer, have left a lasting impression on audiences and fellow professionals, solidifying their position as a respected and sought-after talent in the Seattle dance community.

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.

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

Becca Blackwell

she/they

Becca Blackwell is a talented and versatile professional in the world of performing arts, making their mark as a dedicated Production Stage Manager for Whim W’him. With an extensive background in stage management, lighting design, and stagehand work, Becca has made a significant impact on the Seattle dance scene.

As a Production Stage Manager, Becca orchestrates the behind-the-scenes magic, ensuring smooth and flawless performances. Their organizational prowess, exceptional communication skills, and ability to handle high-pressure situations make them an invaluable asset to the Whim W’him team. Becca’s meticulous planning and coordination allow the creative vision to come to life on stage seamlessly. Additionally, Becca’s talents extend to lighting design, where their keen artistic vision and technical finesse have contributed to the creation of captivating visual experiences on stage.

With a diverse skill set, unwavering dedication, and a passion for the performing arts, Becca Blackwell continues to shine as a vital force in the industry. Their contributions, both as a stage manager and lighting designer, have left a lasting impression on audiences and fellow professionals, solidifying their position as a respected and sought-after talent in the Seattle dance community.

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