and there was light – Michael Mazzola

In his yesterday’s Seattle Times review of CRAVE More, Michael Upchurch rightfully featured lighting. During and after both shows so far, I also heard audience members marveling at it. The Upchurch review concludes: “Michael Mazzola’s lighting design is as crucial [...]

2018-02-13T09:35:25-08:00January 20th, 2013|

before after – Annabelle & Lucien

At a pause in a recent theater rehearsal, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa told Lucien Postlewaite that he transforms once he comes on stage. Laughing, she added, "I'm a studio dancer," meaning, she explained later, that "I give the same energy in [...]

2018-02-14T13:09:29-08:00January 18th, 2013|

rehearsing Sunday—brrrr!

How cold it was! The rehearsal was scheduled for a sunny Sunday afternoon at the Dance Fremont studios, but the temperature outside was barely above freezing. Inside, due to a furnace malfunction, it felt scarcely over 50°F. The run-up to [...]

2018-02-14T13:09:28-08:00January 15th, 2013|

rehearsing Crave

This week, along with putting Whimmers through their paces in his own More and The Sofa, artistic director Olivier Wevers has presided over rehearsals of Crave, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's second piece  for Whim W'Him. Since June when she created it on [...]

2018-02-14T13:09:28-08:00January 11th, 2013|

tuning up—only 12 days!

Upstage right, hands on shoulders, then neck and back, compact and sinuous, Amber Willett and Jim Kent sway side to side, spiraling downwards through a series of maneuvers, like bodily sleight of hand. At the back of the studio, Kyle [...]

2018-02-14T13:29:54-08:00January 8th, 2013|

glancing backward – and ahead

2012 brought new horizons, new challenges and new triumphs to Whim W'Him, now ensconced as the resident dance company of Intiman Theatre (recently renamed Playhouse at the Seattle Center). As a salute to the past year's achievements, here is a brief [...]

2018-02-14T13:09:28-08:00January 4th, 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|

dancing Lives— Lara Seefeldt 2

Whim W'him rehearsals began last June on a few days notice for Lara Seefeldt. The piece was CRAVE, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's second premiere for the company. And Lara found the experience a real challenge. After our initial conversation, when I [...]

2017-02-07T02:21:04-08:00October 12th, 2012|

only connect—Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s previous piece for Whim W’Him, Cylindrical Shadows (further developed this last spring for Pacific Northwest Ballet) was grave, elegiac. Set mostly to beautiful, classical music, it offered a mournful but ultimately serene coming-to-terms with unexpected sorrow. Her [...]

2017-02-07T02:21:04-08:00July 18th, 2012|