Patricia Barker

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|

dreaming – Olivier’s Midsummer

When Grand Rapids Ballet director Patricia Barker asked choreographer and Whim W'Him's artistic director Olivier Wevers to mount a new Midsummer Night's Dream for her company, it was a dream come true for Olivier. For a long time Shakespeare's play [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:55-08:00April 24th, 2014|

dreaming – Olivier’s Midsummer

When Grand Rapids Ballet director Patricia Barker asked choreographer and Whim W'Him's artistic director Olivier Wevers to mount a new Midsummer Night's Dream for her company, it was a dream come true for Olivier. For a long time Shakespeare's play [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:55-08:00March 24th, 2014|

working on the wild side – Midsummer

Last month—as I watched Whim W'Him's artistic director, Olivier Wevers, create a new Midsummer Night's Dream for Grand Rapids Ballet—it was the first time I'd seen him choreograph within the setting of a ballet company where dancers' basic training and [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:57-08:00October 10th, 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|

trying out / finding whimmers

The public wasn't due at the Joyce Theater, for its Ballet v.6.0 program, until evening. The house waited empty except for a photographer and writer from Dance Magazine and a few observers like Patricia Barker and Michael Auer of Grand [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:57-08:00September 12th, 2013|

composing – Brian Lawlor

Brian Lawlor is, as he puts it, "a musical mutt." The composer for Whim W'Him artistic director/choreographer Olivier Wevers' revealing new I don't remember a spark,* Brian says he is a "hypercollaborator." He delights in working with theatrical, dance, and [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:58-08:00May 17th, 2013|

choreographing – Andrew Bartee

"I was always bossy," says Andrew Bartee, though you'd never know it from his modest, playful persona. The oldest of four kids, he "always had an urge to put something on—plays, variety or talent shows, gymnastic routines."  His first experience [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:59-08:00May 1st, 2013|