Jim Kent

X-POSED – Alone is the Devil onstage

"Closing out the program was the stunning and theatrical Alone is the Devil, choreographed by Wevers. Chillingly layered with darkness, anxiety, self-doubt and struggle, this premiere tapped into the nightmare world of addiction and temptation, both traditionally and metaphorically," [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:49-08:00June 25th, 2015|

X-POSED – RIPple efFECT onstage

The curtain went up on what I call "the electrocution section." RIPple efFECT, by French-born and trained, New York-based Manuel Vignoulle, premiered as the first piece on Whim W'Him's X-POSED May program. Out of industrial-sounding static and a clutch of [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:49-08:00June 10th, 2015|

X-POSED – Black Heart onstage

"That's the black heart!" I heard more than one audience member pronounce at intermission of Whim W'Him's X-POSED last weekend. They referred to a tangled mass of light that had—significantly or pointlessly, portentously or ironically or whatever, according to your [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:49-08:00June 5th, 2015|

dancer feature 1 – Jim Kent

This post starts a series of new profiles on Whim W’Him’s dancers, to be rolled out across the spring. During the week of each Behind the Scenes Dancer Feature, additional photos and interesting or amusing facts about the featured dancer [...]

2018-04-02T14:22:44-07:00March 18th, 2015|

balancing—Whim W’Him dancers on pain

So how do Whim W'Him's dancers cope with pain? It’s a balancing act, literally and figuratively. Says Thomas Phelan, "I've obviously discussed pain a lot while dancing. For example, when I'm having my students hold the splits and they complain, [...]

2018-02-08T16:52:14-08:00March 12th, 2015|

is it hurting yet? – on dance & pain

Dancers are so matter-of-fact about pain. Whim W’Him’s Lara Seefeldt says they take hurting “as a given,” while Kyle Matthew Johnson, speaking more personally, notes that, “For most shows I’m dealing with some injury or pain, dealing with it and [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:51-08:00March 10th, 2015|

unadorned – shooting photos

This was a big week for Whim W’Him photoshoots, two quite different ones. The first—for the company’s major yearly fundraiser, Out on a Whim 2014—happened at the old Georgetown Steam Plant, originally built in 1906 to provide direct current for [...]

2018-02-08T16:56:18-08:00October 17th, 2014|