Grand Rapids Ballet Company

travels – whimming in Brno

"I saw La Bayadère and fell in love with ballet again," Olivier Wevers, Whim W'Him's artistic director, told me on Skype a couple of weeks ago from the Czech Republic. He  spent most of June there, teaching his piece [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:49-08:00July 2nd, 2015|

dreaming – Olivier’s Midsummer

When Grand Rapids Ballet director Patricia Barker asked choreographer and Whim W'Him's artistic director Olivier Wevers to mount a new Midsummer Night's Dream for her company, it was a dream come true for Olivier. For a long time Shakespeare's play [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:55-08:00April 24th, 2014|

dreaming – Olivier’s Midsummer

When Grand Rapids Ballet director Patricia Barker asked choreographer and Whim W'Him's artistic director Olivier Wevers to mount a new Midsummer Night's Dream for her company, it was a dream come true for Olivier. For a long time Shakespeare's play [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:55-08:00March 24th, 2014|

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|

working on the wild side – Midsummer

Last month—as I watched Whim W'Him's artistic director, Olivier Wevers, create a new Midsummer Night's Dream for Grand Rapids Ballet—it was the first time I'd seen him choreograph within the setting of a ballet company where dancers' basic training and [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:57-08:00October 10th, 2013|

discovering Midsummer in Grand Rapids

Last week I flew back from the east coast by way of Michigan, to spend three days shadowing Whim W’Him artistic director Olivier Wevers as he worked on a new Midsummer Night’s Dream for Grand Rapids Ballet. GRB's facility is [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:57-08:00October 1st, 2013|

trying out / finding whimmers

The public wasn't due at the Joyce Theater, for its Ballet v.6.0 program, until evening. The house waited empty except for a photographer and writer from Dance Magazine and a few observers like Patricia Barker and Michael Auer of Grand [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:57-08:00September 12th, 2013|

keepin’ on whimmin’ in NYC

Taking up where we left off at the end of Sunday night's rehearsal, dancer Melody Mennite writes, "I fell in love in this city, got engaged here, shed blood, sweat, and tears on stage here. I haven't ever lived in [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:57-08:00August 13th, 2013|

composing – Brian Lawlor

Brian Lawlor is, as he puts it, "a musical mutt." The composer for Whim W'Him artistic director/choreographer Olivier Wevers' revealing new I don't remember a spark,* Brian says he is a "hypercollaborator." He delights in working with theatrical, dance, and [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:58-08:00May 17th, 2013|