Tory Peil

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|

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|

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|

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|

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 – Lara Seefeldt

As I was thinking about how to introduce Lara Seefeldt's Dancer Feature, I came across this tribute to her by fellow Whim W'Him dancer Justin Reiter: "Lara Seefeldt is a classic beauty. And don’t let her petite figure fool you, [...]

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

dancer feature 3 – Kyle Matthew Johnson

KYLE JOHNSON. Resourceful. Resilient. Inquisitive.   For Kyle Matthew Johnson, his inspirations and desires, what he seeks in his friends, and what he considers his own best and worst qualities are all intimately connected. In life as well as art. [...]

2020-04-27T18:42:17-07:00April 2nd, 2015|