modern dance

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 – 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|

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|

traveling – Manuel Vignoulle 2

Manuel Vignoulle first heard of Whim W'Him from Annabelle Lopez Ochoa—who has made several acclaimed pieces for  the company and whom he knows very well. They met when she made a piece on the Geneva ballet and stayed in touch [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:50-08:00May 16th, 2015|

changing levels – Manuel Vignoulle 1

First impressions of Manuel Vignoulle in the studio with Whim W'Him: strongly articulated movement and irrepressible, infectious energy. He's a living exclamation point who wonders "about spacing, physical challenges—what more can be done here? or here?" Within moments after the [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:50-08:00May 14th, 2015|

dancer feature – Thomas Phelan

Thomas Phelan is a problem solver, for fun, to learn, and in handling situations in or out of the studio and on or offstage. He takes a pragmatic, figure-it-out stance toward to life and art. "I’m a fairly positive person," [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:50-08:00May 7th, 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|