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Patrick conducting the world premiere of "Fire & Air" at The Kennedy Center. photo by David Moss
RBB News Clip: Shut Up & Dance
TOP: Video preview prepared by choreographer Xenia Wiest.

BOTTOM: Video by Staatsballett Berlin, with excerpts from all the pieces in "Shut Up & Dance: Reloaded." Ours begins at 1:12min.
 
 
 
Pas de Deux - Two ballets by Patrick Soluri (CD cover)

Sisyphus - (2014) 18 minutes
A ballet score for solo cello and orchestra commissioned by Intermezzo Dance Company, and based on the "Myth of Sisyphus" by Camus. Choreography by the companies Artstic Director, Craig Salstein, who is also a soloist at American Ballet Theater. The work performed at Vassar College on March 29th and 30th, 2014 as a work in progress and will perform again January 17th and 18th, 2015 at Miller Theater in NYC. Both casts included Abi Stafford, principal ballerina at New York City Ballet.
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Fire and Air - (2013) 14 minutes
A dance score for string trio and orchestra commissioned and performed by Bowen McCauley Dance, and based on the last scene from "Antony & Cleopatra" by Shakespeare. Choreography by Lucy McCauley, with additional collaboration by Alan Paul - associate director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. Mr. Soluri conducted the sold out world premieres on April 5th and 6th, 2013 at The Kennedy Center. The work was performed again at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival in July 2013, and at the GuongDong Festival in China in November 2013.
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Continuum - (2009) 16 minutes
A short ballet score commissioned by the Staatsballett Berlin, one of Europe's leading ballet companies, for dancer and choreographer Xenia Wiest's ballet, "To Be Continued." This ballet was featured in the Staatsballett's program "Shut Up and Dance: Reloaded!" which premiered January 15, 2010 followed by 10 additional performances through July 2010 in Berlin, Germany at the Komische Oper Berlin. Performances 2009 / 2010 Season: January 15th & 23rd; February 3rd & 8th; May 30th; June 7th, 8th & 28th; July 8th, 10th & 11th. Performances 2010 / 2011 Season: November 2nd, 11th, 19th, & 26th; December 15th & January 3rd (2011).
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Fancy Nancy - (2009) 32 minutes
A children's ballet commissioned by the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet in Ohio based on the "Fancy Nancy" children books by Jane O'connor. The ballet is choreographed by Francis Patrelle and premieres in Akron, Ohio March 13th and 14th, 2010 and will have additional performances on May 8th, 2010 in New York City at Symphony Space. Recording available through Soluri Music.
Adapted from Fancy Nancy © 2005 by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. Used by permission of Harper-Collins Publishers.
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MURDER AT THE MASQUE: Casebook of Edgar Allan Poe (2009) 47 minutes
Commissioned & performed by Dances Patrelle in celebration of their 20th Anniversary Season. Choreographed by Francis Patrelle and story by Justin Allen based on stories and writtings of Edgar Allen Poe on his 200th Anniversary. World Premiere was April 16-19, 2009 in NYC at the Kaye Playhouse. Cast featured Matthew Dibble (formerly of the Royal Ballet in London) and Heather Hawk (principal dancer w/Ballet Idaho). Recording available on iTunes worldwide and other online music stores.
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What Do We Do About Mother (2007) 23 minutes
Commissioned and performed by Dances and choreographed by Francis Patrelle. Patrelle March 23 - 25, 2007 in NYC. Cast featured Jenifer Ringer and Stephen Hanna, principals from New York City Ballet. Recorded by Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Recording available on iTunes worldwide and other online music stores. Scored for chamber orchestra: fl (picc), ob, cl, bn, 2hn, trpt (pic), tbn, bs tbn, timp, 2 perc, celeste, pno, hrp, strings.
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Madame X (1999/2004) 24 minutes
Based on the famous painting by John Singer Sargent. Commissioned and performed by Dances Patrelle and choreographed by Francis Patrelle. The World Premiere was April 8 - 11, 1999 in NYC and was follosed by a second prduction April 22-24, 2004 in NYC and April 16-18, 2004 at Kaatsbaan. The 2004 production was for the Dances Patrelle 15th Anniversary Season with a cast featuring Sandra Brown as Madame X (former soloist with American Ballet Theater) and Marcelo Gomes as Dr. Pozzi (renowned principal dancer from American Ballet Theater). Recorded by the Manhattan Chamber Sinfonia and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra (available on iTunes and other online music stores). Scored for chamber orchestra: fl, ob, cl, bn, 2hn, tr (pic), perc, strings.
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Ngoni (1997) 22 minutes
Mr. Soluri's first ballet, performed at the Manhattan School of Music October 7, 1997 at the NuMillenniuMusicaDanz AIDS Benefit. The choreography was by Francis Patrelle and the event produced by Patrick Soluri. FEatured soloist was Jonathan Porretta, currently a principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet. A Ngoni is a stringed musical instrument like a lyre, which was indigenous to an ancient western African city-state called Segu. There the history and stories of the people were told in an oral tradition by traveling musician who would sing of the past and present. The piece is based on this idea with seven short movements (or stories) linked together by the harp and a solo dancer representing the Ngoni. Scored for full orchestra and solo soprano: Sop, 2fl (pic), 2ob (eh), 2cl (Bcl), 2bn (Cbn), 4hn, 2tr, 2tbn, Btbn, tba, timp, 2 perc, hp, strings.
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photo by Rosalie O'connor.
 
 
 
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