THE WASHINGTON POST
Stage presence is innate: Either you have it or you don't. Valeria Solomonoff has it. Review by Pamela Squires
THE NEW YORK TIMES
About Solomonoff choreography in "Happily Mad" (Los De Contento): And the dance hidden in their previous movements becomes a profoundly sensuous tango that makes you want to leap from your seat and join it. Review by D.J. Bruckner
THE NEW YORK TIMES
TangoMujer was unusually successful at making something new of an old dance, focusing with intelligence and affection on the tango rather than the updating and the updaters. Modern dance trained, the women succeeded in weaving the two forms with wit and imagination. Review by Jennifer Dunning
THE WASHINGTON POST
“Plácido and His Sexy Latina Ladies" could have been the alternate title. Six talented women were scheduled to sing, dance and make music alongside Domingo. Several dancers added visual intrigue throughout the 3 1/2-hour program. Valeria Solomonoff flashed bare legs at impossible angles during the tangos. Review by Rebecca J. Ritzel
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
With a significant assist from the evening’s co-star, the beautiful and brilliant Argentine soprano Virginia Tola, along with the passionate Spanish dancer Nuria Pomares, sexy tango dance team of Valeria Solomonoff and Orlando Farias, the WNO Orchestra, and others, Mr. Domingo’s program blended Hispanic-flavored opera arias, zarzuela showpieces, and Hipanic folk and pop tunes into a world-music celebration of his own Spanish heritage. Highlights? Mr. Domingo and Miss Tola, of course. Also, the marvelous dancing of Miss Pomares, Miss Solomonoff, and Mr. Farias. Review by T.L. Ponick
The New York Times
Most memorable was the four woman group called TangoMujer... The elegant young performers, trained in modern dance, focused on the tango itself and what it could be used to say, rather than on the process of updating or personalizing the form....And perhaps that reanimation can add luster to the past in ways self-conscious proponents of the 'new' may not imagine. After TangoMujer had performed, traditional tango looked even richer and more colorful. Review by Jennifer Dunning
The New York Times
“Confianza (Trust),” conceived by the choreographer Valeria Solomonoff for her Valetango Company, explains itself at the outset. Solomonoff and her 10-year-old daughter, the self-possessed Alondra Meek, speak in Spanish and English about the difficulty of trusting other people. Trust is built into the weight-sharing, lead-and-follow interactions of tango, the base of the company’s technique.
The show explores the theme in a sort of narrative. To a nicely eclectic range of tracks (which includes not only tango but Barbatuques and Ali Farka Touré), Solomonoff encounters Rodney Hamilton and Orlando Reyes Ibarra, both of whom choreographed the piece with her. It doesn’t go well with Ibarra (he pushes her to the ground), she finds a balance with Hamilton (they take turns covering each other’s eyes), she knocks Ibarra down, the three dance together and Solomonoff ends up alone. Meek is present throughout, as if to represent Solomonoff’s vulnerable inner child.
Trust and tango go together, along with the emotional dangers of romance...they all seemed at home at La MaMa, not a white cube but an institution that has always invited artists to experiment. Review by Brian Seibert
Those who credit Repertorio Espanol with being an oasis of scenic arts in East Manhattan, have been well rewarded by the recent premier of “Tango Intimo”, a brilliant show that will remain on stage with added dates through February 24th. What Repertorio offers through the creative magic of the Argentine Valeria Solomonoff and the six virtuoso dancers is an impressive choreographic prism that explores to the max the tango potential within theatrical context as much as its natural fusion with other musical forms.
Essentially, “Tango Intimo” is a mosaic that touches the fiber of visual pleasure. It fully offers the corporal eloquence that can only be achieved when each movement responds to an aesthetic necessity. This seams to be the way Mrs. Solomonoff sees it, but her vision even goes beyond that: Sensuality emanates with each musical cadence, in the different dimensions of a dramatic, passionate fever that at times is impregnated with humor and wit. Review by Fernando Campos
About Solomonoff choreography and corporal coaching in "Dona Flor and her two husbands" (Dona Flor y sus dos maridos): ...Excelent the scenary, the montage, the music, the lights, the choreography and corporal coaching of the dancer Valeria Solomonoff. Review by Juan F. Merino
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
TangoMujer drove the men loco with a female-on-female killer tango that nearly torched the tent. Review by Jean Horne
Six charismatic young international dancers. provide a sizzling between-scenes tango sextet, elaborating on the couple's developing relationship. Acclaimed Argentinian choreographer-dancer Valeria Solomonoff mixes classical and modern tango with elements of modern dance. There's even a stunning number with brooms. Review by Nancy Ellen Shore
The Philadelphia City Paper
The dancers are all superbly trained in various dance forms. Solomonoff is the vamp: tall, sleek and sexy.
...choreography was by turns sophisticated, slapstick and hyper-romantic. Most impressive was a Solomonoff's solo...
Highlights included Solomonoff's seductive manipulation of several strands of pearls, itself, worth the price of admission. Review by Nancy Heller
But Tango Mujer, all female troupe of five dancers, broke down stereotypical barriers at their performance...The tango vocabulary provided much of the action - gleeful, sensual, disturbing, angry. It was supplemented by theatrical gesture, something at which the TangoMujer women surprisingly excelled. By the end, the passion was there regardless of the old or new tradition, as it should. Review by Jane Vranish
El Especial, Escenario Neoyorquino
In her new show, the erotic nature goes hand by hand with satiric observation. Hilarious through out, it let us be insiders of the fascinating and at times suffocating environment of the tango professionals. Sensuality, which is the vital element of the realities of those professionals, impregnates the show. Excellent is the right adjective for the work of the choreographer Valeria Solomonoff, as well as for the rest of the cast. Review by Fernando Campos
Eye On Dance
Tango Por Ellos, presents a solid tango performance. Intense, passionate and sexy it’s everything the tango should be. The stories center on the usual theme, lust, rejection, and the sharp little battles that make up a relationship (especially Argentinian ones.) Throw in some competition and jealousy for good measure and the recipe is complete. It is a sound example of an enjoyable tango performance. Review by J. Gonthier
Tango Mujer's work is visionary, courageous, ingenious and marvelously entertaining. In her sensuous solo "Maria" modern-dance trained Argentine Valeria Solomonoff made the company's tradition-upending style literal and gave a new dimension to the wallflower archetype. Gifted both dramatically and acrobatically, Valeria danced longingly, and often upside-down, against the stage's bare brick rear, with a spotlight projecting her shadow next to her. Tango is often practiced against a wall, but handstand 'ochos' are a must-see. Review by Daniel Gesmer, Colorado
Denver Rocky Mountain News
The five dancers [of Tango Mujer] nimbly brushed aside all the stereotypes we Americans have formed about this Argentine dance.
Every imaginable and unimaginable twist and turn on the basic start-stop rhythm of this sensual dance is explored. The passion, humor, longing, loving and hating of one person for the other becomes the choreographic material for a procession of intriguing works...The five (dancers) emerge immediately as distinct and distinctive personalities.
They gave a demonstration of first-rate dancing. Consider Somonoff's upside-down solo against the rear wall of the theater, creating a brilliant pas de deux with her own shadow. Review by Marc Shulgold.
Berliner Morgen Post
The audience loved Tango Mujer. Particularly praised was the respectful but still creative way of using the tango traditions
New York Post
Argentine dancer Valeria Solomonoff, one of the city's best instructors. Hot Picks
...and what a tango it is, wow! Kudos to choreographer Valeria Solomonoff.
by Donna Herman
Another important element include the bona fide tango dancers, Valeria Solmonoff and Cesar Coelho. They executed their tangos with aplomb, giving motion to the enticing rhythms from the orchestra. Review by Jerome R. Sehulster
“Social dance plays a dual role in any community—socializing and performance…But how do you translate intricate on-the-floor movements and off-the-floor negotiations to the stage?
…"Tango por Ellos," choreographer Valeria Solomonoff's new, tango-based dance/theater conjures the social more overtly.
…Solmonoff has made a brave attempt at staging both social dance's performance and social interaction components by interspersing tango sequences with comedic, and occasionally telling, interactions and dialogue.
…The subtle interactions, the thrill of social dancing, the way it turns ordinary people into performers, is what makes real social dance so fascinating, yet so difficult to produce on a stage. Expertly staged and beautifully danced, however, choreographed social dance has, if the standing ovation both shows received are an indication, its own pleasures.” Review by Carrie Stern.