FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2019
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WHIM W’HIM CLOSES THEIR 9TH SEASON WITH A FULL LENGTH,
WORLD-PREMIERE “THIS IS NOT THE LITTLE PRINCE” BY OLIVIER WEVERS
Seattle, WA (March 7, 2019)
“This Is Not the Little Prince” is Whim W’Him’s newest full-length contemporary dance production featuring choreography by Olivier Wevers and original music by composer, multi-instrumentalist, and conductor Brian Lawlor.
Performances will take place in Seattle over four evenings in June 2019. Showcasing the artistry and athleticism of our professional dancers, “This Is Not the Little Prince” promises to captivate audiences. Although inspired by the classic book “The Little Prince” this production is not an adaptation or merely a reimagining. The narrative by Saint-Exupéry serves as the soil for a surreal and layered blend of music, dance, and design representing the value of creativity and the loss of openness as we grow older. The purest form of creativity is in us when we are born, then it shrivels and often it gets extinguished. That pure creativity is what makes us more open and accepting. As we get older, we become more closed off and more committed to conventional thought. “This Is Not The Little Prince” will open viewer’s eyes to simple truths.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Saint-Exupéry
THIS IS NOT THE LITTLE PRINCE
June 7, 8, 14, 15, 2019 | 8PM
Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center
201 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109
Tickets at whimwhim.org/tickets or call 800-838-3006
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
BRIAN LAWLOR, COMPOSER
Brian Lawlor is a composer/multi-instrumentalist/conductor living in Jersey City, NJ. After skipping a year of high school, he subsequently finished his college degree in 3 years. He received a B.M. in Composition from Cornish College of the Arts, an M.M. from SUNY Purchase, and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Koninklijk Conservatiorium) in Den Haag, Netherlands. Mr. Lawlor has received grants from Jack Straw Productions, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and his music has been performed throughout North America, Europe and China. A fervent collaborator, Brian is the composer for Seattle experimental theater group Saint Genet. He has conducted, composed and performed with a variety of ensembles — from chamber orchestra to synth trio — while working with the collective. Recent engagements include On the Boards, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, DonauFestival, New Island Festival, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim (curated by Robert Wilson). Lawlor also frequently collaborates with a variety of choreographers — most notably Princess Grace fellowship recipient Olivier Wevers and the Whim W’Him dance company. As an instrumentalist, Mr. Lawlor is frequently working with recording artists in the NYC area. He has recorded guitar and/or piano for Beyonce, Los Inquietos del Norte, Winds of Plague, and Folly. Brian was the bassist for Texas bluegrass/metal outfit Uncle Fudger and is a frequent guest bassist for Brooklyn surf-rockers Slim Wray.
OLIVIER WEVERS, CHOREOGRAPHER
Dedicated to creating works of artistic innovation and collaboration, Brussels- born Olivier founded Whim W’Him in 2009. Before establishing the company, he was a principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. His awards and recognition include the Princess Grace Foundation Choreography Fellowship, the City of Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award, the grand prize award for an unprecedented two years in a row at the annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in California, and the ArtistTrust/ Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship Award. He participated in the National Choreographers Initiative and the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute. Olivier has created works for companies and festivals around the world, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Northwest Dance Project, BalletX, Spectrum Dance Theater, Prix de Lausanne, White Bird’s 4×4 Ballet Project, and Dance the Dream Seattle.
Whim W’Him dancers for the 18/19 season are Liane Aung, Cameron Birts, Jane Cracovaner, Adrian Hoffman, Jim Kent, Mia Monteabaro and Karl Watson. Full dancer bios can be found at whimwhim.org/meet-our-dancers