Seattle 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|

dancer feature – Justin Reiter

Justin Reiter is friendly, energetic and highly motivated, as adroit and flexible of mind as he is of body. Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, he didn’t start dance training until relatively late (16), then left home to pursue a [...]

2018-02-08T16:46:13-08:00May 21st, 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|