Kyle Johnson

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|

what we did on our summer vacations…

Now things are starting up again, I thought it would be fun to ask the dancers what they got up to this summer. In their own words (mostly), here they are... Kyle Mathew Johnson says, "This summer I did a [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:54-08:00September 11th, 2014|

on dancing #unprotected

At Q&A sessions after the Whim W’Him performances that concluded last Friday, the dancers were asked about their experiences with this program. The black box Erickson Theatre on Capital Hill holds only about 150 people, in contrast to Whim W’Him’s [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:54-08:00June 8th, 2014|

reflecting – Jim/Kyle/ Thomas

As the May show of #unprotected is coming together—opening tonight at the Erickson Theatre!*—I thought it would be interesting to ask the three male Whim W'Him dancers, to reflect on this year's season. (The women had a say in an earlier [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:54-08:00May 15th, 2014|

refining – Andrew/Annabelle/ Olivier

When last we met the three choreographers of Whim W'Him's #unprotected program on this page, they were at various stages of creation. Andrew Bartee had a name for his piece, a strong theme and some ideas about structure, but had [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:55-08:00May 1st, 2014|

celebrating – Whim W’Him’s fifth season

Whim W'him's Instantly Bound program, January 17-19, 2014 at Cornish Playhouse (formerly Intiman Theatre/Seattle Center Playhouse) kicks off its fifth season. As well as showcasing three Seattle premieres (two of them created for this show), it's the occasion for several [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:56-08:00January 9th, 2014|