William Soleau Choreographer

 
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Music: Mozart - Length 53 Minutes - Dancers 11 Women / 8 Men

Mozart's Requiem "On the Wings of Angels" - "Ballet often tells stories of people and their foibles, but the main character in Soleau’s Mozart in Dance seems to be the ubiquitous experience of loss exalted in the music. A narrative came through, but with no protagonists nor plot; it was about what life doles out to all of us. But when our eyes and ears get to feast on art like this, we believe the only thing worse than the pain of loss would be not going through it at all.
Judith Smith-Meyer - Noozhawk
 

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 inate 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 - "Soleau's choreography wove itself deeply into the fabric of Mendelssohn's music for a satisfying union of dance and sound. From the opening, when the fairies rushed the stage in great fluttering waves amidst the strings, to the stately closing strains of the royal celebrations at court, dancers and musicians worked in seamless harmony to tell the tale."
Lea Marshal - Style Weekly