Whim W’Him is launching its 11th season this June with a new all-digital membership program, IN-with-WHIM. Whim W’Him created this program as a way to prioritize the health of its artists and the community, while supporting ways for dance artists, students and audiences to come together while staying apart.
Through IN-with-WHIM, Whim W’Him will feature an experimental season of original dance films by some of the world’s most intriguing contemporary dance choreographers, and a series of digital conversations designed to bring audiences into the creative process to share and engage with the dance community in Seattle and around the globe. Whim W’Him is creating the original dance films in collaboration with Quinn Wharton, a New York-based movement photographer and filmmaker who has also danced professionally with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and San Francisco Ballet.
These dance films will include:
Choreographic Shindig VI (September 2020) – original dance films featuring new dance creations choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Madison Olandt & Mike Tyus
This Is Not The Little Prince (January 2021) – an original film version of Artistic Director & Founder Olivier Wevers’ full-length work that premiered in June 2019 with original music by composer Brian Lawlor
Wonder Beyond (May 2021) – original dance films featuring new dance creations choreographed by Joseph Hernandez and Robyn Mineko Williams
In addition to these original dance films, Whim W’Him will also use its IN-with-WHIM platform to curate a series of digital artist interviews and chats called Dance and Tell, share behind-the-scenes experiences, and livestream some of its rehearsals so dancers, students and audiences can see how Whim W’Him and its dancers are continuing to find ways to create while adjusting their practices to comply with vital and necessary public safety mandates.
IN-with-WHIM will also feature a variety of free content open to anyone who visits the site, including videos of past creations from Whim W’Him’s first decade alongside interviews with the creators, contemporary technique classes and forums around mental and physical health for dancers and movement artists.
In addition to its new online offerings, Whim W’Him is also exploring a series of free, physically distant, outdoor pop-up performances. These performances will take place throughout the summer to engage our communities in innovative contemporary dance creations in ways that are safe and responsible.
Artistic Director & Founder Olivier Wevers shared, “While online streaming will never replace the experience of live performances, we believe in nurturing the future of contemporary dance by stretching our imagination beyond the stage and engaging with our community virtually. Filled with courage and resilience, we are determined, even while physically distant from others, to look beyond our own circumstances and interact with the world in creative ways. We are keeping new contemporary dance creations alive, for our communal healing now and to ensure a revitalized future for the arts and humanity.”
IN-with-WHIM memberships will go on sale through whimwhim.org during the first week of June. Annual memberships will cost $10 per month for a total of $120. Monthly memberships will cost $12 per month and can be canceled at any time. On-demand tickets for one-time viewing will also be available for each of the three new dance creations in Season 11 at prices ranging from $5-$50. On-demand tickets will be available on August 1, 2020 and throughout the season.
To announce the launch of IN-with-WHIM and Season 11, Whim W’Him will also host the first episode of its Dance and Tell series from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 4, 2020 on Facebook Live. The event will be hosted by Whim W’Him dancer Jim Kent and board member Natalie Sandoval, and will feature short interviews and clips about what Whim W’Him will be sharing with the community in the year ahead. Click here to watch a brief promotional video created by the Whim W’Him company and edited by dancer Liane Aung.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Whim W’Him is an award-winning Seattle-based contemporary dance company founded in 2009 by Olivier Wevers, former Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer and choreographer. The company presents all new works and has a mission to be a platform centered around choreography and dance for artists to explore their craft through innovation and collaboration. Since its formation in 2009, Whim W’Him has created more than 50 new contemporary dance works by 30+ global artists.
Dancers: Michael Arellano, Liane Aung, Jane Cracovaner, Ashley Green, Jim Kent, Andrew McShea, Karl Watson
Music: Brian Lawlor
Direction and editing: Liane Aung