Pacific Northwest Ballet

travels – whimming in Brno

"I saw La Bayadère and fell in love with ballet again," Olivier Wevers, Whim W'Him's artistic director, told me on Skype a couple of weeks ago from the Czech Republic. He  spent most of June there, teaching his piece [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:49-08:00July 2nd, 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|

starting up – fall 2014

After a far-flung summer Whimmers are assembling in Seattle to start Whim W'Him's fifth season. Some fall highlights: In mid-September, the company took part in a presenters’ showcase at the Pacific Northwest Ballet studios for Western Arts Alliance. The other [...]

2018-02-08T16:51:35-08:00October 2nd, 2014|

this is not a whim – Olivier Wevers 3

What makes a good dancer? I recently asked Olivier Wevers, founder, artistic director and chief choreographer of Whim W’Whim. “It's like a recipe," he replied. "Different flavors—for a curry, say, is it less or more spicy? and what different vegetables [...]

2020-04-27T18:42:44-07:00August 28th, 2014|

nails & pillows – #unprotected

Strange creatures and unusual accoutrements will invade the Whim W’Him stage with #unprotected, opening May 15 at the Erickson Theatre on Capitol Hill.* For Mark Zappone, costumer of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s new piece Les Biches, there have been plenty of the [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:55-08:00May 8th, 2014|

always changing – Andrew Bartee

I’m here, but it’s not the same is the title of the piece Andrew Bartee is creating for Whim W'Him's May show.* "It’s about the inevitability of change and changing as a person," he says, "an idea that fascinates me [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:55-08:00March 26th, 2014|

learning – Madeline DeVries

She has a ready smile. The long limbs, flexible body, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn of apprentice Madeline DeVries (or Maddie as she's usually known) make her a real Whim W'Him asset. Maddie grew up in Southern California, where she [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:56-08:00December 12th, 2013|

discovering Midsummer in Grand Rapids

Last week I flew back from the east coast by way of Michigan, to spend three days shadowing Whim W’Him artistic director Olivier Wevers as he worked on a new Midsummer Night’s Dream for Grand Rapids Ballet. GRB's facility is [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:57-08:00October 1st, 2013|

keepin’ on whimmin’ in NYC

Taking up where we left off at the end of Sunday night's rehearsal, dancer Melody Mennite writes, "I fell in love in this city, got engaged here, shed blood, sweat, and tears on stage here. I haven't ever lived in [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:57-08:00August 13th, 2013|