Whim W’Him: Still Thinkin’ About It
By Rosie Gaynor
I’m not sure if time and life will ever come together such that I’ll actually write my Whim W’Him review for SeattleDances. (Whim W’Him? As in their January show…) Such was my enthusiasm for what I saw in Whim W’Him’s open rehearsals back in December that it seeped into my pitch letters to other publications and resulted in not just one, but two writing gigs.
The first review was due the weekend of the show, so that was done ages ago. The second is due Wednesday, to Dance International magazine. I can’t write for SeattleDances until I’ve finished that one, as I need to be sure I’m giving those other publications content that is all their own. And when that’s done, there are so many other things to be writing about in March…
BUT, as I’m finalizing the review that’s due Wednesday, I find myself crying. It’s not out of writerly frustration. It’s because I’m reliving Vincent Lopez’s solo in Fragments.
Really, that is one of the exquisite moments of my life.
Didn’t everything just come together amazingly in that solo? Lights, costume (especially at the end when he drags it back on…in my personal narrative for this piece, there is significant conflict in this act. It’s as though the clothing reduces who he is. Perfect humans may not be…yes, we strive and grope in the dark, but let us not reduce ourselves further yet.), music, choreography, dancer…
This is one of the best parts of being a reviewer… Writing about a performance allows you to relive it.
If you want to do some reliving of your own, check out La Vie Photography’s website of photos.
Curious about Dance International? They have online content and you can buy their quarterly print version at some bookstores in town.
Back to writing…crying…whatever…