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Whim W’him: Innovative, collaborative, contemporary dance

by Krina Turner
| Aug 31, 2018

This week, we’re welcoming a new GSBA member nonprofit, Whim W’him. Join us in welcoming the Whim W’him team to GSBA!


Tell us about your business. How and when did you get started? Why did you decide to build your business?

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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 showcases groundbreaking dance creations in collaboration with global artists, while paying dancers a living wage and offering health benefits.


Whim W'him is a contemporary dance company founded in 2009 by Olivier Wevers, former PNW Ballet principal dancer and choreographer.


The company is committed to innovation, collaboration, and high caliber relevant art that engages and challenges audiences.

We have performed original works by Danielle Agami, Juanjo Arques, Andrew Bartee, Adam Barruch, Banning Bouldin, Lauren Edson, James Gregg, Mark Haim, Joseph Hernandez, Gabrielle Lamb, Larry Keigwin, Maurya Kerr, Gabrielle Lamb, Loni Landon, MADBOOTS, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Joshua Peugh, Bruno Roque, Ihsan Rustem, Penny Saunders, Pascal Touzeau, Manuel Vignoulle, Kate Wallich, Dominic Walsh and Olivier Wevers.

What are you sharing with the world that you want your fellow GSBA members to know about?

Our 18/19 season kicks off in September! In our 9th season we are sharing 8 world-premiere creations featuring 7 stellar dancers and 6 internationally recognized choreographers. Come to a performance to discover something new and leave inspired.

What does 'equality is good business' mean to you?

Equality is good business means doing great by doing good in the world. Everyone is welcome at Whim W’Him.

Why did you decide to become a GSBA member?

A big portion of our company leadership, staff and audience members identify as LGBTQ. We want to connect and collaborate with businesses and individuals who share our values.

How can our readers get involved?

Choreographic Shindig IV opens September 7! Get a 20% discount by entering the code “whimmer” before checkout.

The Choreographic Shindig was created in 2015 to give our dancers the power to choose which choreographers would set work on them. This unique program helps us achieve our mission to provide a platform centered on choreography and dance for artists to explore their craft through innovation and collaboration. We are the only professional dance company with this unique program.

Anything else you'd like to share about your business?

Our work is made possible only through generous donations and volunteer time. If you want to get involved and gain behind the scenes access email us at info@whimwhim.org.