Ballet to open with premiere performances

October 21, 1994|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun

The Ballet Theatre of Annapolis opens its 14th season this weekend at Maryland Hall with a slate of performances featuring three dramatic ballets -- two of them premiere performances.

Choreographer Edward Stewart's troupe of dancers will present "Gaiete Parisienne," a set of light, comic dances set to music by the greatest Gallic charmer of them all: Jacques Offenbach.

Performing the can-cans, waltzes and other cabaret dances will be Ballet Theatre veterans such as Leslie Bradley, David Miller and Laura Erdman. Character dancer Tony Wilson will also be featured.

Classical ballet will be represented by "Oriental," a piece in three movements that will employ the entire company. This promises to be a colorful affair that will include bright kimonos, willow trees and a Japanese New Year celebration.

"Family Ties," created by guest choreographer Stephanie Powell, a suite of dances that combines classical, jazz and contemporary idioms as it takes its audience back to a time when friendship and community -- not selfishness and violence -- defined our lives. Solos, duets and ensemble pieces will be danced to the music of Bach, Mascagni and John Pantano's "There Is a River."

The complete fall program will be offered at Maryland Hall at 8 tonight and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for children 14 and under.

For ticket information, call 263-2909.

The Ballet Theatre also has announced the details of the rest of its 1994-1995 season.

The always popular "Nutcracker" will be staged at Towson State University Dec. 3 and 4 and in six performances at Maryland Hall Dec. 10 to 18.

The Ballet Theatre's spring presentation will be the world premiere of a full-length classical ballet "Beauty and the Beast."

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