Saturday, May 27, 2017

Culture Dose: Whim W’Him Presents the Premiere of “Approaching Ecstasy”

A vocal dance creation features Lucien Postlewaite before he leaps out of Seattle.

Exciting things are on the horizon for dance company Whim W’Him, which performs alongside live singers for the first time during its May 18-20 performance of “Approaching Ecstasy” at the Intiman Theatre.

Lucien Postlewaite and Kaori Nakamura rehearsing, by Kim Bamberg.

For this unique “vocal dance creation” collaboration, Founding Director Eric Banks of The Esoterics translated 18 sensual poems by the Greek poet Constantine Cavafy into Greek and English. Banks also composed original music that showcases Cavafy’s secret life as a gay man living in Egypt a century ago. The production features new choreography by Whim W’Him’s Artistic Director Olivier Wevers.

Change is in the air too, since Lucien Postlewaite (a principal dancer at Pacific Northwest Ballet who also happens to be the husband of Whim W’Him’s Olivier Wevers) will leave Seattle to fulfill his dream of dancing with the prestigious Ballets de Monte Carlo beginning in September 2012. Olivier, who has been married to Lucien since 2008 (you can read about the couple here) discusses his husband’s imminent departure.

Lucien Postlewaite and Andrew Bartee rehearsing, by Molly Magee.

“I am very excited for Lucien to fulfill his dream of dancing with the Ballets de Monte Carlo, and support him completely in this adventure. I will miss his daily presence in my life as well as his presence on the stage, but we are both deeply committed to each other and are equally passionate about pursuing our professional goals while maintaining our strong relationship,” says Olivier Wevers. “While Lucien will be living an ocean away, our commitment to each other as well as his commitment to Whim W’Him are steadfast.  He has been a part of this company since its inception and his invaluable contributions will be felt indefinitely. This is just one more step down our long journey together.”

Follow the company’s blog, as they  gear up for the much-anticipated May production. Purchase tickets via BrownPaperTickets (student ticket prices available with ID).

Whim W’Him’s “Approaching Ecstasy” at Intiman Theatre |  Friday, Saturday & Sunday May 18-20



About Corinne Whiting

Corinne, an east coast native who recently relocated here from the other Washington, was bit by the travel bug early on. She lived in Strasbourg, France (during her junior year at Georgetown University) and in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she got a masters degree in Cultural Studies. She feels very grateful to have explored incredible spots on our globe ranging from Bolivia and Egypt to Turkey and China, but there are passport pages yet to fill (and travel tales yet to be written!). After serving as associate editor at Where magazine in D.C. for the past five years, Corinne now embarks on a new adventure here as a freelance writer and photographer, contributing to publications like National Geographic Traveler, the Alaska Airlines magazine and Amtrak's Arrive. She looks forward to getting to better know this corner of the country while debunking the rain myths, upping her coffee quotient, hearing heaps of live music and finding her Zen near the water as often as possible.
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