erasing gun violence – Greg Bokor

The best metaphors grow naturally out of both the thing symbolized and the symbol. Greg Bokor's ERASE is surely one of these. In April of 2013, a few months after the Newtown, CT school shooting, Greg, a successful advertising creative [...]

2018-02-08T16:08:02-08:00January 16th, 2014|

restaging – Instantly Bound

Bullets shatter a peaceful school or shopping mall. Instantly Bound, created by Whim W'Him artistic director Olivier Wevers for Philadelphia's Ballet X last spring, fractures the events of such a day. Fragments of scenes—short-lived vignettes, time reversals, repetitions, what ifs—cross [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:57-08:00November 7th, 2013|

learning fast – Jesse Sani

In some ways the Whim W'Him moments I love best are when choreographer/artistic director Olivier Wevers is working with 1, 2 or a few dancers to draw out the meaning of a piece. Friday morning, Olivier and Jesse Sani explored his [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:59-08:00May 11th, 2013|

art feeds art – Olivier Wevers in Philadelphia

Art feeds art. It inspires Olivier Wevers, Whim W’Him’s founder/artistic director—not just dance but painting, sculpture, non-performance art. Last Wednesday he arrived in Philadelphia to create a new piece for BalletX. Thursday and Friday, the cast was chosen. Work began. [...]

2017-02-07T02:21:01-08:00March 19th, 2013|

murder & mayhem – for BalletX

Philadelphia. BalletX. For a new work to premiere April 17-21, Whim W'Him artistic director Olivier Wevers is thinking about murder, killings, wrongful death, and the barrier that is crossed but cannot be uncrossed when someone dies, especially as victim of [...]

2017-02-07T02:21:01-08:00March 5th, 2013|

crossing boundaries – Aviad Arik Herman

Aviad Arik Herman was in Seattle a couple of weeks ago to work with his costume designs for Crave, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s new Whim W’Him piece. The fact that many modern dance choreographers (including Annabelle sometimes) want their works to [...]

2018-02-14T13:40:32-08:00December 7th, 2012|