WINTER 22 WELCOME

NEW CREATIONS BY MARK CASERTA, ETHAN COLANGELO & JAKEVIS THOMASON

January 21, 22, 28 & 29, 2022 | CORNISH PLAYHOUSE
January 26, 2022 | VASHON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
January 27, 2022 | WHIDBEY ISLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS

WELCOME
ARTISTS
PROGRAM
COVID
DONORS
MERCH

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

OLIVIER WEVERS

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Dear Whimmers,

Whether you are new to contemporary dance or a seasoned enthusiast, I welcome you to the second program of Whim W’Him’s tenth season. Highlighting our diverse and global perspective, XPRESS further illustrates Whim W’Him’s leadership role and commitment in nurturing the future of contemporary dance in the Northwest. Dance has an ability to open our hearts and foster dialogue. Its vitality and the connections it generates can inspire and bring some essential truths to the surface in the darkest of times.

I invite you to immerse yourself completely in the performance and to synchronize your heartbeat with ours. This is what we live for! A moment of communion with our community. A collective murmur. Embracing each other’s singular voice to revive our hopes and nourish our souls. There are no rules or prior knowledge needed, as we all interpret this common physical expression that extends beyond words with our own set of references, our own cultures, generations, and language. I firmly believe that dance is a mirror of our humanity at its core and that its power is reflected in the diversity of experiences we each bring to it. Come as you are and leave with what you need!

In this past decade, Whim W’Him has grown from a pick up dance group to a leading professional dance company, offering consistent work and a competitive contract to our artist-employees. Finding the right partners to dream and create with has everything to do with our success. Our aspiration has always been to build a vibrant community through collaborations that center diverse voices from around the globe and right here in Seattle. Last September Keri Kellerman joined the Whim W’Him family us as our new Executive Director. Keri’s advocacy and empathy, combined with their energy and experience have already proven to be a gift to us and the community. Welcome Keri!

Learning, problem solving and creative thinking have motivated our journey and kept us curious and alive. If you are craving a communal solidarity and increased infusion of dialogue, grace, and inspiration in your life while helping shape the community you want to be part of, I invite you to consider joining our Board of Directors. We are always looking for individuals who are committed to innovation, collaboration and equity in the arts to join our family of ardent contemporary dance lovers.

I hope you’ll delight in tonight’s performance, and that it will inspire you and encourage you to continue whimming with us. We are the consequence of your generosity and commitment to the arts in Seattle. Thank you for your support of Whim W’Him and of the future of contemporary dance.

 

With gratitude,

Olivier Wevers, Founder and Artistic Director

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity”. Dorothy Parker

BOARD PRESIDENT

NATALIE SANDOVAL

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Dear Whim Supporter,

I wanted to share a very heartfelt thank you for being in attendance this evening to support Whim W’Him and see this incredible performance. It has been quite the process to get back in the theater here at Cornish Playhouse and we could not have done it without our members, donors, attendees, and you! It is my absolute honor to work alongside the board to help lead this arts organization. I want to share my deep gratitude to Olivier, Melody, Becca, the dancers and the rest of the board of directors for their hard work and perseverance to get to this day.
The arts are just as important now than ever before and if you have the capacity to make any level of donation, we’d be eternally grateful. You can donate at www.whimwhim.org/support/.
Thank you all and “merde!” to the dancers this evening.

Cheers,

Natalie Sandoval (she/her), Whim W’Him Board President

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