Whim W'Him stages three works by Olivier Wevers
Seattle's Whim W'Him presents three works by choreographer Olivier Wevers, including a world premiere.
Seattle Times arts writer
"reSet"Presented by Whim W'Him, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Intiman Theatre, 201 Mercer St., Seattle; $15-$30 (Information: www.whimwhim.org; tickets: 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
There's a nickname, "Whimmers," for fans of Whim W'Him, the dazzling new dance troupe helmed by Seattle choreographer Olivier Wevers (newly retired from Pacific Northwest Ballet). There's also an opportunity this weekend for Whimmers and Whim W'Him novices alike to savor this company's talents and accomplishments.
On Friday and Saturday, Whim W'Him will present "reSet," an evening of two "old" Wevers works ("3Seasons" from 2010 and "Monster" from early 2011) and a world premiere, "It's Not About the Money."
The three pieces feature some of the finest dancers in town: Lucien Postlewaite, Kaori Nakamura, Andrew Bartee and Chalnessa Eames, from Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Ty Alexander Cheng, Kylie Lewallen and Vincent Michael Lopez, from Spectrum Dance Theater. Melody Herrera (Houston Ballet) and Jim Kent (UW Chamber Dance Company and numerous other local companies) round out the cast.
"3Seasons" has been tweaked and reworked. The key new element is a set by Seattle artist Casey Curran.
"Monster" consists of three intense duets on troubling themes. As for "Money," Wevers writes in his program notes, it's a more "playful" piece about "the passing of secrets."
Intiman Theatre's troubles raised concerns about the fate of Whim W'Him, which recently had been named the theater's in-house dance company. But the venue is still available to Wevers and his dancers.
If you're a fan of Spectrum Dance Theater or the modern-dance fare that Peter Boal has brought to PNB, you'll want to become a Whimmer.
Michael Upchurch: email@example.com
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