Pixel Tracker

Tuesday, January 22 , 2019, 8:20 pm | Fair 47º


State Street Ballet Taps William Soleau as Co-artistic Director

State Street Ballet’s 2017-18 Season continues in March at the Lobero Theatre. Click to view larger
State Street Ballet’s 2017-18 Season continues in March at the Lobero Theatre. (Rose Eichenbaum)

Rodney Gustafson, founder/executive and artistic director of State Street Ballet, has named resident choreographer William Soleau as co-artistic director of the 23-year-old Santa Barbara ballet company.

The move creates a partnership designed to propel the dance company to new heights, State Street Ballet said.

In announcing the appointment, Gustafson said, “After working with William Soleau for the past 18 years, I feel so excited to have him come aboard as my co-artistic director.

"His dedication, artistic integrity, and innovative spirit will enhance the company’s mission on so many levels," Gustafson said.

"He has a strong local fan base here, having created many original works for the company that have been received with immense critical acclaim in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, New York, and throughout the United States,” he said.

As State Street Ballet’s longtime resident choreographer, Soleau developed creative repertoire comprising some of the company’s most popular and successful productions: Carmen, An American Tango and Starry Night.

He also worked on world-premiere collaborations with the Santa Barbara Symphony, including Carmina Burana, Appalachian Spring, The Firebird and Mozart’s Requiem, the 2017-18 season opener for both the symphony and State Street Ballet.

An award-winning choreographer whose works can be seen in dance companies worldwide, Soleau lives in New York City, solidifying State Street Ballet’s representation on the East Coast and ensuring its presence in the global dance scene, State Street Ballet said.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to help State Street Ballet continue its creative growth into the future,” Soleau said.

“Having worked as resident choreographer with the company and Rodney these past 18 years, I have become very attached to the mission, direction and values of this growing arts organization that is dedicated to the highest standards of artistic excellence.

"From its inception, I have watched it grow into a powerhouse of national and international exposure. Though I live with my wife in New York City, Rodney and I firmly believe that this company will benefit from having representation on both coasts.

"I am most humbled to be a part of this legacy that Rodney has created here in Santa Barbara, and I look forward to an exciting future as his partner in the direction of this truly unique gem of a ballet company,” Soleau said.

State Street Ballet's 2017-18 Season continues with Romeo and Juliet, March 23-24 at the Lobero Theatre, and Modern Masters, May 11-12, at the New Vic.

Tickets for Romeo and Juliet are available at lobero.com or the Lobero box office, 963-0761. Modern Masters tickets go on sale in March at statestreetballet.com.

— Barbara Burger for State Street Ballet.


Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.