Mia Monteabaro

laughing – Music of Remembrance 2

"My first rule is: Let's have fun," says Whim W'Him artistic director Olivier Wevers of his choreography for Bohuslav Martinů's ballet music, La Revue de Cuisine, which will have a single showing this coming Sunday, Nov 8, at Benaroya's Nordstrom [...]

2018-06-15T12:26:24-07:00November 4th, 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|

layering – in the studio with Kate Wallich

Dissonant and harmonious in equal measure, a cacophony of choreography in 4 parts. That is the program note for Kate Wallich's ♥ (rendered on paper by a black emoji heart on a white ground and pronounced Black Heart),* with a score [...]

2018-02-08T16:46:14-08:00May 27th, 2015|

dancer feature – Mia Monteabaro

Mia Monteabaro is adventuresome. Seeking out circumstances that demand a lot and offer profound rewards is a constant theme in her life. When asked what motivates her, Mia notes that she and Drew Tabke, her boyfriend of 10 years and [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:50-08:00April 30th, 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|