...a choreographer driven by a powerful internal force. The pieces...left lasting images.
The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
...performances that draw you right into the path of the movement...
Washington DanceView (Washington, DC)
David is truly a master in creating a process in which dancers are totally themselves in the moments of rehearsal I found my students taking risks I had not seen them do before The end result is a sophisticated choreographic work unique to the dancers and to the moments of shared collaboration with [him] Davids work stood out from all the other dances in our concert as a seasoned and richly textured piece, compelling in spatial and physical relationship, lucid in technique, and highly intelligent and complex within the moments of interaction among the dancers."
"I love it when a dance creates this response! It means something powerful has occurred for both performers and audience, something that will be savored and remembered. David Appel gave this experience to my students and to the people who saw his work, And here, a light through the trees. Thank you, David.
Linda Sievers, former Chair Department of Theatre, Film and Dance Humboldt State University (CA)
He worked beautifully with the company and the work he produced was powerful, full of intimate moments and captured the individuality of each of the dancers I was very impressed by his patience, his incredibly artistic eye, and his ability to work with the dancers and pull absolutely gorgeous movement from them.
Carol Fike, former Chair Theatre and Dance Department Alma College (MI)
an extraordinary residency experience...I find it amazing how much David accomplished in such a short time.
Janet Prieur former Dance Program Coordinator Department of Theatre and Dance University of Southern Mississippi
The piece, Resilience, is a largely improvisational [one], rich in nuance and inventive imagery. I was very impressed with the way in which David was able to guide the students to a discovery of the power and deeply expressive nature of improvisational work. Because the [dance] was in five sections, it was possible for the students to explore and develop thematic material through a variety of perspectives and improvisational techniques. David challenged them to reach beyond their assumed capabilities. They grew in terms of improvisational ability, physical awareness and sensitivity to the group during the acts of creation and performance. They were pleasantly surprised and elated with their accomplishments. The audiences we encountered on tour were equally challenged and intrigued by what they saw.
Mickie Geller, former Professor School of Dance Ohio University