Whim W'Him Seattle Contemporary Dance Performance
with Private IvyPlus Social Reception

Please join the Harvard Club of Seattle and IvyPlus Alumni for a performance of new contemporary dance plus a Private Social Reception before the performance.


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The event includes a private reception with one drink ticket for the bar 60 minutes before the performance, 7:00pm-8:00pm, to allow for socializing and connecting.


Whim W'him Contemporary Dance, Seattle

Whim W'Him Seattle Contemporary Dance Performance

with Private IvyPlus Social Reception


Friday, May 17, 2024

7:00pm-8:00pm PT - Private Reception

8:00pm-10:00pm PT - Performance


Registration deadline Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 11:59pm PT


Cornish Playhouse

Seattle Center

201 Mercer St

Seattle, WA 98109



Cost:  $30pp


Registration deadline Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 11:59pm PT

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Kelly Charlton, Harvard

Elyse Postlewaite, Harvard GSE


Whim W'Him

Seattle Contemporary Dance

YouTube Channel



Get ready to witness a fusion of artistic brilliance that transcends boundaries and ignites the stage.  Join us for a remarkable program bringing together three globally acclaimed choreographers: the visionary Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, the beloved Whim W’Him favorite Ihsan Rustem, and our own illustrious Olivier Wevers.


In his Seattle premiere, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano is one of Spain’s most internationally acclaimed artists, both as a choreographer and artistic director.  He was Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater from 2009 until 2013, and now combines his work as a freelance choreographer with Proyecto Titoyaya, the Spanish dance company he founded in 2006 with Veronica Garcia Moscardo.


Returning for his fourth creation on the company, Switzerland-based Ihsan Rustem is a Whim W’Him favorite and is the Artistic Director of the Swiss dance company Cie. La Ronde,  founded in 2020 with choreographer Cathy Marston, and the Resident Choreographer for the NW Dance Project in Portland where he has created twelve works to date.


Spring ‘24 includes yet another exquisite new creation from Whim W’Him Founder and Artistic Director, Olivier Wevers.



gustavo ramírez sansano



Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, choreographer

Together with Verónica García, Gustavo founded Titoyaya Dansa in 2006.  He trained at the Josetta García school and the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona and is a performer at Ballet Víctor Ullate, Nederlands Dance Theater 2, and Hubbard Street Dance Company Chicago.


He began to choreograph at the Institut del Teatre, standing out as the winner of the Ricard Moragas Award.  He then went on to win the Prix Dom Perignon, Ettoile de Ballet 2000, Maspalomas, TGV Performing Arts Awards, Dance Magazine 25 to watch, and Chicagoans of the Year in the Art / Dance category.


His pieces are presented at festivals and fairs such as Jacob’s Pillow and APAP New York and at schools such as the Juilliard School of Arts, Butler University, and Daf Dance Arts Faculty.  In the last 20 years, he has made more than 60 creations for companies around the world: Ballet Hispánico, Ballet BC, Hubbard Street Dance, Luna Negra, Luzerner Theater, Compañía Nacional de Danza, and Nederlands Dans Theater, among others.  Between 2009 and 2012 he directed the Chicago-based company Luna Negra Dance Theater.



ihsan rustem



Ihsan Rustem, choreographer

Choreographer Ihsan Rustem was born in London, where he trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.


Ihsan is Artistic Director of the Swiss dance company Cie. La Ronde, founded in 2020 with choreographer Cathy Marston, and the Resident Choreographer for the NW Dance Project in Portland, Oregon USA, where he has created twelve works to date.


Further collaborations include the Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Sao Paulo City Ballet, National Ballet of Chile, Ballet Moscow, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2, Istanbul State Ballet MDT, Tanz Luzerner Theater, Bern Ballet, Konzert Theater St Gallen, Whim W’Him Seattle, Ballet Edmonton Canada, Junior Ballet Antwerp, Ballare Carmel, Ballett Augsburg, Thüringer Staatsballett, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Tanztheater, Kazan State Opera and Ballet, Koblenz Ballet, Ballet Regensburg, Würzburg Ballet, Siberian State Ballet, Salt Contemporary Dance USA, Repertory Dance Theater Utah, Staatstheater Cottbus, Arts Umbrella Dance Company Vancouver, Moving Arts Cincinnati, National Youth Dance Company, Palucca Hochschule Dresden, Codarts, ZHdK, Tanzwerk101, Taipei National University of the Arts and the Rambert School.  He was a featured choreographer for Russia’s popular TV show ‘The Bolshoi Ballet’.


Nederlands Dans Theater named Ihsan as one of their Up & Coming Choreographers for the 2018/19 season.


​His work for the NW Dance Project has been recognized with numerous accolades.  State of Matter won the 2012 Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest as well as the Public Prize at the 25th International Competition for Choreographers Hannover, and Carmen received Dance Magazine’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Collaboration.  Rustem was also the 2014 recipient of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s International Commissioning Project.


Rustem is the former Director of the Ballettschule Luzern and in 2021 he joined the jury of the prestigious Prix de Lausanne.  He has been a jury member for Concorso Internazionale di Danza Città di Rieti and in 2023 will join the jury of the Dance World Cup in Braga Portugal.


From 2000-2014 Ihsan Rustem was a dancer with the Ballet Theater Munich, Introdans, State Theater Bern Ballet, Tanz Luzerner Theater and Adventures in Motion Pictures.  He originated roles in creations by Wayne McGregor, Hofesh Shechter, Alexander Ekman, Matthew Bourne, Stijn Celis, Patrick Delcroix, Cayetano Soto, Felix Landerer, Cathy Marston and worked with choreographers Mats Ek, Jiri Kylián, Paul Lightfoot / Sol Leon, Hans van Manen and William Forsythe, amongst others.



olivier wevers



Olivier Wevers, choreographer

From ballet training in his native Belgium, Olivier learned the beauty, passion and discipline of the art.  On coming to North America at age 19, he discovered the exhilaration of many new dance forms.  As a principal dancer, first with Royal Winnipeg Ballet and later, for most of his dancing career, with Pacific Northwest Ballet, he acquired his strong conviction that dancers are the heart and soul of a company.  As such they, and artists in general, must live at the very center of the process, their dignity, psychological and creative growth and safety deemed just as essential as their technical accomplishments.


During his years of performing in classical and contemporary works by choreographers from around the world, Olivier also discovered the thrill of making dances and how imaginative story-telling and movement exploration connect to caring about individuality and physicality.  Creating dances fed his perennial curiosity.  It became “my way to express myself and, during the process, to be able to learn more about the human condition, start dialogues, touch people and share ideas, reflecting on our times and our humanity.”



Registration deadline Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 11:59pm PT

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