William Soleau Choreographer

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Music: Aaron Copland - Length: 25 Minutes - Dancers: 12 Women / 7 Men
Appalachian Spring - "One gesture reserved for the young girl, a vibrating open hand reveals her anxiety in two key moments. It is only the audience which sees the movement, making the gesture that much more compelling. These are moments when you sense a truly gifted choreographer at work, one who is capable of revealing much but with surprising restraint."
Stephen Woodruff - DanceChannelTV - Read Full Review at SeeDance.com

Music: Chris Fossek - Original Music - Length: 15 Minutes - Dancers: 3 Women / 3 Men / Solo Guitarist
Inspired by the writing and the paintings of Mark Rothko
Canvas - "Soleau's innate understanding of visual symmetry, order, and meaning, together with his inveterate romanticism, gave Canvas universal appeal and elagant flow."
Dan Kepl - BravoCalifornia

Music: Bizet / Shchedrin - Full Length 97 Minutes - Dancers: 11 Women / 7 Men
Carmen - "The story’s shock value has waned in our modern soap-opera era, but in Soleau’s hands, its fiery gypsy passions are reignited, and its portrayal of the brutality of denied desire is as horrific as it is thrilling."
Elizabeth Schwyzer - The Independent

Music: Carl Orff - Length: 1 Hour - Dancers: 11 Women / 8 Men
Carmina Burana - "Carl Orff's Carmina Burana was given a remarkable choral and dance performance at the Granada last weekend, to the evident delight of an enthusiastic full-house audience. Saturday night's patrons were bowled over by the spectacle, and spectacle it was. Especially rewarding was the ballet choreography by William Soleau. Carmina is a kind of beautiful monster. It is an immense musical work and Soleau created an equally profound dance vocabulary for it."
Margo Kline - Noozhawk

Music: J.S. Bach - Length: 25 Minutes - Dancers: 4 Women / 4 Men - Cello / Piano Onstage
Chasing Cello - "The dancers, at moments in hilarious ways, would pose and act out scenarios behind the panels, creating mini shadow dances. This gave the piece a sense of charm and wit that I found refreshing. Additionally, Soleau's use of inversions, quick footwork, and non-traditional lifts further affirm my beliefs that ballet can be highly technical as well as inventive full-length ballet."
Rebecca Ferrell - GAYRVA.COM

Music: G.Faure -  Length: 24 Minutes - 5 Women / 5 Men - Piano / Soprano Onstage
"Faure Melodies was an emotional and spiritual work. The music - performed by soprano Judith Cline and pianist John Walter - was haunting, but at times the silence was every bit as important as the music. The world premiere performance was enthusiastically received by the crowd of 1,040."
Lisa Crutchfield - Richmond Times-Dispatch

Music: Tape Collage/Corelli - Length: 22 Minutes - Dancers: 7 Women / 5 Men
In Passing - "His moving theater piece chronicles the cycles of life. The entire piece was a gripping, emotional portrait of life and death - a superb new work! ...Soleau has done nothing less than reinvent ballet as we know it, making classicism new again. Here is a work of true genius."
Lawrence Budmen - Miami Entertainment & News Views Magazine

Music: Stravinsky - Length: 28 Minutes - Dancers: 10 Women / 10 Men
The Firebird - "This year, the two organizations took advantage of the very considerable talents of choreographer William Soleau. Soleau created a new setting of Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from “The Firebird” in its 1945 version, and the results, both onstage and in the orchestra pit, were splendid.Let’s hope that this Firebird, or at least the team that made it, returns to the Granada soon."
Charles Donelan - The Independent

Music: Mendelssohn - Length: 1 Hour 45 Minutes - Dancers: 10 Women / 10 Men - Others 20 Women
A Mindsummer Night's Dream - "Saturday's matinee in the Carpenter Theatre was one of the most magical dance moments I've seen, one that fully embraced a full spectrum of imagination and design. Most importantly, it was shaped by the imaginative choreography of internationally acclaimed William Soleau. His creativity brilliantly brought together all elements into a cohesive whole that was inspired by Mendelssohn's rich score and Shakespeare's lyrical text. Soleau's stated desire to craft dance that tells stories was seen here where his meticulously crafted choreography found every movement, both large and small, responding to the pulse and dynamics of the score and the subtleties of the text, merging all into a visually delightful telling of the tale.fully embraced a full spectrum of imagination and design."
John Shulson - Virginia Gazette