A new partnership between the Vashon Center for the Arts and an acclaimed Seattle dance troupe will take off on September 9, 10 and 12, when Whim W’Him kicks off his 12th season on the Kay White Hall stage.
These performances – the first of three scheduled at the VCA in the coming months – will include the world premiere of new hybrid dance creations by choreographers Rena Butler and Mark Caserta, as well as a hybrid dance creation, “Nova”, by Alice. Clock and Florian Lochner.
The choreographers and teams included in the company’s fall programs came from a global pool of 150-200 applicants and were selected by dancers Whim W’Him and artistic director and founder of the troupe, Olivier Wevers.
“Professional artists rarely have the opportunity to organize programs,” said Wevers. “In recognition of this missed opportunity, we created this program in 2015 to give our dancers the power to choose the choreographers who would work them. We enjoy this unique, mission-focused program which is now a mainstay of our performance season. ”
Additional performances of the works will take place on September 18 at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, and the dance films will debut September 23 on Whim W’Him’s streaming platform, IN-With-WHIM.
For VCA Executive Director Allison Halstead Reid, the performances are the result of a relationship with Whim W’Him that was seeded earlier in 2021.
“Olivier and I met earlier this year on several occasions to collaborate to bring Whim W’him to Vashon as an additional venue for their seasonal productions,” she said. “In May, after playing with us at a limited-capacity house, we made the deal to create a partnership for 2021-2022.”
The dance troupe is now signed on to perform every show in their seasonal repertoire at VCA, starting with the dance concert in September, then again in January and May – three shows in all.
Halstead Reid said the arts center is also working on the details and hopes to offer workshops and special classes for dance students with Whim W’Him.
“On each visit, they can be in residence at Vashon for a few days or a week,” she said. “They love to be part of our community!
For more information and tickets for Whim W’Him performances, visit whimwhim.org and vashoncenterforthearts.com.