Seattle, WA-–Olivier Wever’s award-winning contemporary dance company, Whim W’Him, kicks off the New Year and its fifth season with three new productions January 17-19 at Seattle Center’s Cornish Playhouse. Former dancer and gifted Spanish guest choreographer, Juanjo Arques, whose work has never been seen in the United States, is creating a new piece for Whim W’Him. Known for his thought-provoking material and modern approach, dance maker Arques has collaborated with Dutch National Ballet in addition to other European dance companies.


Wever’s will unveil Instantly Bound to Seattle audiences, a work he developed for BalletX in 2013. Inspired by the timely topic of gun control, Wevers hopes to further stimulate debate and has invited Massachusetts visual artist Greg Boker

to recreate “Erase” an interactive art installation originally conceived for Art Prize 2013. Whim W’Him has put out a call to local artists to submit their work on the topic for display January 17-19th at The Playhouse.


Rounding off the program is Wever’s subversive new take on Les Sylphides, the first non-narrative ballet, described as a romantic reverie without a plot.


Joining dancers Kyle Johnson, Jim Kent, Mia Monteabaro, Tory Peil, and Lara Seefeldt, are new Whim W’Him dancers Thomas Phelon and Geneva Jenkins.


Program Details: Whim W’Him Presents “ Instantly Bound”

Performances January 17 + 18, 8pm/January 19, 7p

Tickets available at

$25 Advance/$30 Door/$15 Student Rush


Whim W’Him is an award-winning Seattle-based contemporary dance company founded in 2009 by Olivier Wevers, former Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer and choreographer, that showcases innovative dance in collaboration with global artists.

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Catherine Bombico

Schedule and programming subject to change.