This January, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa premieres a new choreography, Yemaya’s Embrace, at Seattle’s Whim W’Him Contemporary Dance.
WINTER ‘23 is sure to thrill audiences with a new voice and much-anticipated returns. As always, Whim W’Him commits to the best in new creations of contemporary dance with this program. Audiences will enjoy the Seattle premiere of multi-disciplinary artist Mike Esperanza. An acclaimed creator based in New York, Esperanza founded BARE Dance Company in 2005. Whim audiences will also welcome back a fan favorite. Prolific international choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa returns for her 5th creation for the company. Completing the program is a dynamic new work by Founder and Artistic Director Olivier Wevers.
January 20-28 – 8 PM – Cornish Playhouse
January 25 – 8 PM – Vashon Center for the Arts
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Annabelle is an award-winning and sought-after choreographer that has created works for 73 dance companies around the world. A versatile choreographer, Lopez Ochoa creates regularly within the dance field but also for theatre, opera, and musical theatre. Her wide-ranging body of work includes short conceptual pieces, full-length narratives , and dance films. The Colombian-Belgian Lopez Ochoa completed her dance education at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp. After a 12-year long career in a number of European dance companies Annabelle decided in 2003 to focus solely on choreography. That same year she is hailed as the “rising star of the Dutch dance scene” (NRC newspaper) and only 7 years later the Temecula Performing Arts Examiner wrote: ”Ochoa is truly a masterful choreographer with an edge for what dance can and should be in this constantly changing industry”. She has been creating new works and new forms ever since and is also frequently invited to teach.