SPRING ’23

FEATURING NEW CREATIONS BY

Emilie Leriche, Olivier Wevers & Rauf Yasit

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MAY 12 – 20, 2023 | Cornish Playhouse
MAY 17, 2023 
| Vashon Center for the Arts
MAY 24, 2023 | Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

Closing Season 22/23, Whim W’Him presents SPRING ‘23. Featuring internationally acclaimed creators Emilie Leriche, Rauf Yasit alongside Founder and Artistic Director Olivier Wevers, these new works represent the vanguard of contemporary dance. Emilie Leriche, a French-American choreographer based in Sweden, performs with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and was a 2015 Princess Grace Award winner. Rauf Yasit, also known as rubberlegz, is the creator of an original movement language that breaks down barriers between dance genres. Born and raised in Germany, Yasit is now a Los Angeles-based choreographer, director, dancer and visual artist. In his third new work of the season, Olivier Wevers continues to explore his fluid movement language and theatricality, which makes Whim W’Him a standout amongst contemporary dance companies.

SPRING ‘23 will be presented at Cornish Playhouse on May 12, 13, 19, 20.
Whim W’Him will also present the program on Vashon Island at the Vashon Center for the Arts on May 17, 2023, and on Whidbey Island at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts on May 24, 2023.

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

MAY 12 – 20, 2023 | Cornish Playhouse
MAY 17, 2023 
| Vashon Center for the Arts
MAY 24, 2023 | Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

Closing Season 22/23, Whim W’Him presents SPRING ‘23. Featuring internationally acclaimed creators Emilie Leriche, Rauf Yasit alongside Founder and Artistic Director Olivier Wevers, these new works represent the vanguard of contemporary dance. Emilie Leriche, a French-American choreographer based in Sweden, performs with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and was a 2015 Princess Grace Award winner. Rauf Yasit, also known as rubberlegz, is the creator of an original movement language that breaks down barriers between dance genres. Born and raised in Germany, Yasit is now a Los Angeles-based choreographer, director, dancer and visual artist. In his third new work of the season, Olivier Wevers continues to explore his fluid movement language and theatricality, which makes Whim W’Him a standout amongst contemporary dance companies.

SPRING ‘23 will be presented at Cornish Playhouse on May 12, 13, 19, 20.
Whim W’Him will also present the program on Vashon Island at the Vashon Center for the Arts on May 17, 2023, and on Whidbey Island at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts on May 24, 2023.

Scroll down to purchase tickets today!

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

MAY 12 – 20

Cornish
Playhouse
Seattle, WA

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MAY 17

Vashon Center
for the Arts
Vashon, WA

TICKETS

MAY 24

Whidbey Island
Center for the Arts
Langley, WA

TICKETS

CHOREOGRAPHER

Emilie Leriche

she/her/hers

The French-American Emilie is a dancer and creator, based in Sweden with GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. During her time with the company she has originated roles in new works by: Yoann Bourgeois, Paul and Christine Blackman, Sharon Eyal, Club Guy and Roni, Roy Assaf, Marina Mascarell, and Damien Jalet. Her career has travelled her many places, and built her many homes.

Leriche began her career dancing with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; after two years in their second company, she spent another four dancing in the main company prior to moving to Sweden. Over her years at GöteborgsOperan, she has felt herself drawn towards creation, towards the tender place we go as artists when we decide to build and explore something new. She has created work for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, and generated her own research alongside her colleagues at GöteborgsOperan. In 2021 her project, On Mending (a collaboration with Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern), was selected as a part of Orsolina 28’s “Call for Creation” fellowship and residency initiative. With the support of the Princess Grace Foundation, in 2022 the work will continue its developement in residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City.

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

Rauf Yasit

he/him/his

Rauf is a Los Angeles based choreographer, director, dancer and visual artist who was born and raised in Germany aka Rubberlegz. When he was a child his father, who was a folklore-dance teacher, taught him traditional folk dances. It didn’t take long for him to discover his passion for Breaking. As a self-taught B-Boy, he began perfecting his skills and growing his passion in 1998. Not long after, he was aptly dubbed “RubberLegz” by his mentor Maxim for his ability to miraculously contort his body into unthinkable shapes and positions. He gained international respect for his unique style. For years, he competed in and judged competitions world wide. To this day, he continues to perform and teach workshops all around the globe.

By 2007 his repertoire evolved to include performing in contemporary dance productions. It was inevitable, with his endless hours of training, that he would transform his movement skills from a childhood dream into his life’s work and passion. Rubberlegz was recently awarded ‘Best Dancer 2019’ by Danza&Danza Magazine for his ‘original language’ that breaks down barriers between dance genres.

He has worked with William Forsythe, National Opera of Paris, USC, CalArts, LACMA, Malou Airaudo, MuDA, Nike RT, Burberry, GAP, Arashi, Puma, Replay, Sadlers Wells, Flying Steps, Red Bull, Muscle Milk, Moderat, Sony, Sonos, Fiat, WAD MAG, Tumi, HP, Pandora, Pfadfinderei, PACT Zoll Verein, ArtFactory International, CNDC Angers, LMU, Bodytraffic, Jacob Jonas The Company, Renegade Theatre Herne, Andy Hines, Jessica Young, Justin Daashur Hopkins, Elliott Sellers, OURO Collective, Modus Operandi and more.
RubberLegz is an Associate Producer of Films.Dance a the global platform for dance.

He is a multi-disciplined tour de force and his talents are not limited to dance. While pursuing his dance passion, he received his diploma in 3D-Vizualization and Animation. He worked for several years with professional design agencies as a visual artist before moving to Berlin and working as a freelance artist in both design and dance. In Los Angeles, RubberLegz is busy focusing on his many projects and utilizing his photography, design and dance skills.

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/her/hers

Becca has been our production stage manager for the past 5 seasons and has been freelancing across Seattle for 11 years. She is also the Technical Director for Dance Church GO’s filmed residencies. Becca freelances as a stage manager, lighting designer, concept artist, and dancer. Becca brings the artist’s concepts to fruition by facilitating the environment, space, and visual landscape, as well as occasionally taking to the stage herself.

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/her/hers

Becca has been our production stage manager for the past 5 seasons and has been freelancing across Seattle for 11 years. She is also the Technical Director for Dance Church GO’s filmed residencies. Becca freelances as a stage manager, lighting designer, concept artist, and dancer. Becca brings the artist’s concepts to fruition by facilitating the environment, space, and visual landscape, as well as occasionally taking to the stage herself.

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