ArtZone recommends H3 Jan 19, 2010

by Jessica

Nancy Guppy and ArtZone recommend you check out the Seattle debut of H3 from Bruno Beltrao | Grupo de Rua. Check out the latest episode of Artzone, which also features local painter Whiting Tennis and singer Choklate.

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Financial Times reviews 3Seasons Jan 18, 2010

by Jessica

The Financial Times in the UK has just posted a review of 3Seasons:

In September, when Olivier Wevers announced the details of his new company Whim W’Him, he lit a fuse of excitement that has burned steadily in the Seattle dance community ever since. Why the furore?

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Reviews from the road: Grupo de Rua Jan 17, 2010

by Jessica

Grupo de Rua is keeping busy in January with a 3 week, 7 stop tour. Here's the latest in reviews from their San Diego performances: "If the radical choreographer Merce Cunningham rose from the grave to create a hip-hop troupe, it might be similar to Grupo de Rua." - sandiego.com "It’s been a little while since Brazilian choreographer Bruno Beltrao and his urban dance troupe, Grupo de Rua, softened up the concept of the ultramasculine with a kiss. Three years ago..." - Sign on San Diego

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Olivier Wever's 3Seasons Jan 16, 2010

by Catherine Cabeen

Olivier Wevers work is not the kind of thing people subscribe to OtB to see. This is exactly why it was a brilliant choice for Lane to present him. As a subscriber, it was great to see so many new faces in the audience and speak to people who had never seen a contemporary dance performance before. Wevers work creates a gentle bridge towards contemporary performance art for audiences who hold ballet aesthetics as the standard for good dance. He is certainly developing a unique voice (the show features work from 06, 07, and 09, the most recent being the most exciting), However, he has held onto many audience expectations such as pointe work for most of the women in his company, which left me thinking about Marshall McLuhan's 1967, "The Medium is the Message." Pointe shoes are a very specific medium that say one thing well; women are to be light, frail and weightless. Even direct, sharp movement is made piercing and fairy-like by these...

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On 3Seasons Jan 16, 2010

by Matthew Echert

I suspect I might be in the minority on this one, judging by the almost complete standing ovation Friday night, but I left feeling thoroughly disappointed in the debut of Whim W'Him. I've seen almost everything at On the Boards over the last few years, and never has anything so completely failed to live up to its publicity photos as "3Seasons." The sexy, dramatic images I've been seeing leading up to this performance never materialized in the pieces themselves. The first half of the evening was structured more like a recital than a coordinated performance. Each of the first two pieces actually consisted of several brief segments, each of which was separated by what felt like a prolonged blackout and polite applause. The regular interruptions and the feeling that I spent half of the first act sitting in the dark made it very difficult for me to maintain an emotional connection to what was happening on stage, and the disjointed pace kept the...

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Comments on 3Seasons Jan 16, 2010

by Jessica

There were many good things about last night's performance by Whim W'Him. It was gratifying to see On the Boards profiting from the first of three sold-out shows and to know that some PNB audience members were becoming better acquainted with what OtB has to offer. It was a pleasure to watch five of PNB's best dancers performing up close, something that ordinarily happens only at Friday previews. It was splendid to see so many talented members of the Spectrum company, especially Kelly Ann Barton and Vincent Lopez, getting additional exposure; let's hope that many audience members will go to see them perform Donald Byrd's choreography. Although dancer Jim Kent was given little to do, even a brief exposure to him may inspire some audience members to check out his work with Scott/Powell Performance and Zoe/ Juniper.

As to the works performed last night: I've now seen seven or eight pieces choreographed by Olivier Wevers, some multiple times. I'm sorry to say that, with one...

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Seattle Times reviews 3Seasons Jan 16, 2010

by Jessica

Michael Upchurch on 3Seasons:

"I would say do anything you can — cash in your life insurance, pawn your children, whatever it takes — to grab a ticket to "3Seasons," the first full-length evening of work by Olivier Wevers and his new dance company, Whim W'Him."

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Olivier Wevers | Whim W'Him Jan 16, 2010

by Tania Kupczak

Did you see 3Seasons? Click on the Comments button to read the comments of others and post your own thoughts.

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