Yuka Oba

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|

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|

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|

whimming in New York

At the start of today (Sunday) I emailed the Whimmers coming to New York—on the occasion of Whim W'Him's debut at the Joyce Theatre—asking for any interesting thoughts, photos or happenings, en route or since they've been here. Here's a [...]

2017-02-07T02:20:58-08:00August 11th, 2013|

traveling – Whim W’Him is going places

Whim W'Him is headed to New York City, by invitation, to the Joyce Theater—crème de la crème of US dance venues—as a part of their Ballet v6.0 Festival. August 12-13, 2013. A great honor. A terrific opportunity. A big expense! [...]

2018-02-14T16:47:44-08:00May 3rd, 2013|

dancing lives—Yuka Oba & Nick Schultz

On Monday, the cast of Whim W’Him artistic director Olivier Wevers’s The Sofa welcomed to Seattle Grand Rapids Ballet's Yuka Oba and Nicholas Schultz. This weekend, Nick and Yuka will reprise their roles as The Sofa's lead couple.* It is [...]

2018-02-14T13:09:28-08:00January 16th, 2013|

rehearsing Sunday—brrrr!

How cold it was! The rehearsal was scheduled for a sunny Sunday afternoon at the Dance Fremont studios, but the temperature outside was barely above freezing. Inside, due to a furnace malfunction, it felt scarcely over 50°F. The run-up to [...]

2018-02-14T13:09:28-08:00January 15th, 2013|