Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

traveling – Manuel Vignoulle 2

Manuel Vignoulle first heard of Whim W'Him from Annabelle Lopez Ochoa—who has made several acclaimed pieces for  the company and whom he knows very well. They met when she made a piece on the Geneva ballet and stayed in touch [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:50-08:00May 16th, 2015|

changing levels – Manuel Vignoulle 1

First impressions of Manuel Vignoulle in the studio with Whim W'Him: strongly articulated movement and irrepressible, infectious energy. He's a living exclamation point who wonders "about spacing, physical challenges—what more can be done here? or here?" Within moments after the [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:50-08:00May 14th, 2015|

dancer feature – Lara Seefeldt

As I was thinking about how to introduce Lara Seefeldt's Dancer Feature, I came across this tribute to her by fellow Whim W'Him dancer Justin Reiter: "Lara Seefeldt is a classic beauty. And don’t let her petite figure fool you, [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:50-08:00April 16th, 2015|

starting up – fall 2014

After a far-flung summer Whimmers are assembling in Seattle to start Whim W'Him's fifth season. Some fall highlights: In mid-September, the company took part in a presenters’ showcase at the Pacific Northwest Ballet studios for Western Arts Alliance. The other [...]

2018-02-08T16:51:35-08:00October 2nd, 2014|

on dancing #unprotected

At Q&A sessions after the Whim W’Him performances that concluded last Friday, the dancers were asked about their experiences with this program. The black box Erickson Theatre on Capital Hill holds only about 150 people, in contrast to Whim W’Him’s [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:54-08:00June 8th, 2014|

reflecting – Jim/Kyle/ Thomas

As the May show of #unprotected is coming together—opening tonight at the Erickson Theatre!*—I thought it would be interesting to ask the three male Whim W'Him dancers, to reflect on this year's season. (The women had a say in an earlier [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:54-08:00May 15th, 2014|

nails & pillows – #unprotected

Strange creatures and unusual accoutrements will invade the Whim W’Him stage with #unprotected, opening May 15 at the Erickson Theatre on Capitol Hill.* For Mark Zappone, costumer of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s new piece Les Biches, there have been plenty of the [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:55-08:00May 8th, 2014|

refining – Andrew/Annabelle/ Olivier

When last we met the three choreographers of Whim W'Him's #unprotected program on this page, they were at various stages of creation. Andrew Bartee had a name for his piece, a strong theme and some ideas about structure, but had [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:55-08:00May 1st, 2014|