Justin Reiter

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 – Justin Reiter

Justin Reiter is friendly, energetic and highly motivated, as adroit and flexible of mind as he is of body. Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, he didn’t start dance training until relatively late (16), then left home to pursue a [...]

2018-02-08T16:46:13-08:00May 21st, 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|

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|