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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
Ballet Theatre of Maryland concluded its 35th season - and artistic director Dianna Cuatto's 10th full season - with an eclectic Director's Choice program showcasing the versatility and strengths of dancers. Four of the five works in the ensemble were choreographed by Cuatto. As staged by Amanda McKerrow, famed choreographer Antony Tudor's "Continuo" was a stunning outpouring of free movement, perfectly executed by the troupe. Cuatto's patriotic salute, "American Ballads," presented a spirited Red dance to "The Star-Spangled Banner," a White dance to the lyrical "America the Beautiful" and a Blue dance to the soulful "Were You There?"
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By Mary Johnson and For The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, already a known Annapolis arts destination, solidified that role last Sunday with a celebration unveiling the results of its $1.6 million renovation - a project that includes 543 new seats, an orchestra pit, stage extension and improved acoustics. Brief performances were offered by Maryland Hall's four resident companies: Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Chorale and Ballet Theatre of Maryland. The 170 voices of the Annapolis Chorale, together with the chamber orchestra, opened the concert auspiciously with "O fortuna" from "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
Ballet Theatre of Maryland's production of "Frontier: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake" comes to the Chesapeake Arts Center at 3 p.m. March 17 as part of the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum. The show continues the association's season bringing historic events alive in performance. This acclaimed ballet, capturing the spirit of the young United States, was inspired by the letters and memoirs of Dolley Madison and other women of the period. It depicts major events of the conflict, from the declaration of war and the burning of Washington, D.C., to the battle of Fort McHenry and the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner.
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By Mary Johnson, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Ballet Theatre of Maryland artistic director of Dianna Cuatto has a lot to celebrate with the start of the company's 36th season in October. Actually, the celebrating begins Sept. 28 with the ribbon cutting and grand reopening of the theater at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, an event marking the first phase of a multiyear renovation project. The reopening will bring together the hall's four resident companies - Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Opera and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra - all stepping on stage to show off the improvements, including new seating in the main theater and a stage extension.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | April 27, 2007
Ballet Theatre of Maryland ended its season with an interestingly varied and challenging program held together by a common thread celebrating life. Works included guest choreographer Keith Lee's Choral Dances, celebrating spring and set to Schubert songs, and BTM director Dianna Cuatto's Episodes, a memorial tribute to Eddie Stewart, the company's founder and director for 22 years. She also chorographed a new work, The Forgotten Path, featuring the music of Rob Levit, and reworked Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
Ballet Theatre of Maryland's artistic director, Dianna Cuatto, has opened the 31st season for the state's premier professional ballet company with a proven winner, "Beauty and the Beast. " Cuatto's choreography, combining romantic elements of Jean Cocteau's 1946 film with hints of Disney's 1991 animated version, revealed new vistas for adults while captivating children as well at the show's performances Oct. 18-20. Never one to rest on previous seasons' laurels or plaudits, Cuatto polished her choreography from 2009, when the Ballet Theatre last presented this show, to reveal sparkling new facets reflecting her dancers' growing expertise.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Ballet Theatre of Maryland is starting its 2014 season in history-making fashion, offering its first full-length production of "Swan Lake" in three performances over the Feb. 21-23 weekend at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Artistic director Dianna Cuatto is relishing the challenge after twice offering a shortened version. She calls "Swan Lake" "perhaps Tchaikovsky's finest ballet score" and "the last great romantic ballet from the golden era. " The masterwork is considered more symphonic than other ballets of the era and a romantic work overflowing with beautiful melodies.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2012
Midway through her season, Ballet Theatre of Maryland artistic director Dianna Cuatto presented an ambitious, innovative program offering two seldom-produced one-act ballets. Striking in originality, "Firebird" displayed Cuatto's choreographic artistry in all its fiery intensity. "The Scarlet Letter" showed her profound insight into a literary classic. Introducing three BTM performances last weekend, Cuatto shared her fondness for both works and their significance in her career as a dancer and choreographer.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Dianna Cuatto, artistic director of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, describes the troupe's forthcoming season as one she hopes will bring "the versatility, depth, energy and passion of over 30 professional dancers alive on stage. " Under Cuatto, the state's premier professional ballet company is promising to take its audience on a journey "exploring the edges and dimensions of contemporary dance. " True to its mission, that journey will also carry performances to several Maryland locations.
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By Mary Johnson, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2012
Every fan of the 1939 classic film "The Wizard of Oz" should plan to travel to Columbia during the next two months to visit the magical land of Oz at Toby's Dinner Theatre. Toby's production brings the beloved screen characters — Dorothy and friends Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion — live and up close to us so we feel we are traveling with them along the Yellow Brick Road. Director David James moves this film classic to 2012 with increased magic created by his fabulous cast and by using special effects including swirling tornadoes, fearsome thunderclaps and lightning flashes along with billowing smoke.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Ballet Theatre of Maryland concluded its 36th season, and artistic director Dianna Cuatto's 11th, with its "Director's Choice" show last weekend, a performance that took the audience on an excursion to the edge of classic and contemporary dance. The program also showcased the versatility and strengths of Ballet Theatre's fine company of dancers and paid an apt tribute to favorites Valerie and Brian Walker - who gave their final performance on the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts stage before retiring from dancing.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Ballet Theatre of Maryland is starting its 2014 season in history-making fashion, offering its first full-length production of "Swan Lake" in three performances over the Feb. 21-23 weekend at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Artistic director Dianna Cuatto is relishing the challenge after twice offering a shortened version. She calls "Swan Lake" "perhaps Tchaikovsky's finest ballet score" and "the last great romantic ballet from the golden era. " The masterwork is considered more symphonic than other ballets of the era and a romantic work overflowing with beautiful melodies.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Days after hearing Annapolis Chorale's "Messiah" at St. Anne's Church, we complete the holiday traditions by reflecting on another rewarding year of performing arts in Anne Arundel County. We are fortunate to have a major performing arts venue at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, with its four resident companies - Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Opera - each offering a season of performances. In 2013, Maryland Hall continued its mission of providing community participation in the arts and added new excitement by cooperating with Rams Head to offer concerts like its sold-out Michael Bolton holiday performance Dec. 17. Maryland Hall hosted several magnificent performances in 2013.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
One of the first things that needed changing was the hard floor. Jillian Barber could scarcely believe that she'd been hired to launch Annapolis High School's dance program in a room that clearly was not suited for dance. So she started from the bottom: first the floor, then other equipment and additional mirrors on all four walls. And still only six students showed up to try out for the school's first after-school dance company nine years ago. "Only three had any idea of what they were showing up for," said Barber.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
Ballet Theatre of Maryland's artistic director, Dianna Cuatto, has opened the 31st season for the state's premier professional ballet company with a proven winner, "Beauty and the Beast. " Cuatto's choreography, combining romantic elements of Jean Cocteau's 1946 film with hints of Disney's 1991 animated version, revealed new vistas for adults while captivating children as well at the show's performances Oct. 18-20. Never one to rest on previous seasons' laurels or plaudits, Cuatto polished her choreography from 2009, when the Ballet Theatre last presented this show, to reveal sparkling new facets reflecting her dancers' growing expertise.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Dianna Cuatto, artistic director of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, describes the troupe's forthcoming season as one she hopes will bring "the versatility, depth, energy and passion of over 30 professional dancers alive on stage. " Under Cuatto, the state's premier professional ballet company is promising to take its audience on a journey "exploring the edges and dimensions of contemporary dance. " True to its mission, that journey will also carry performances to several Maryland locations.
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By Mary Johnson, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Ballet Theatre of Maryland artistic director of Dianna Cuatto has a lot to celebrate with the start of the company's 36th season in October. Actually, the celebrating begins Sept. 28 with the ribbon cutting and grand reopening of the theater at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, an event marking the first phase of a multiyear renovation project. The reopening will bring together the hall's four resident companies - Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Opera and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra - all stepping on stage to show off the improvements, including new seating in the main theater and a stage extension.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2012
Ballet Theatre of Maryland opened its 35th season, and 10th with artistic director Dianna Cuatto at the helm, with the fireworks of a world-premiere ballet. Known for enchanting audiences with classic tales at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Cuatto summoned new choreographic wizardry for her personal favorite, "The Dancing Princesses," a lesser-known Grimm fairy tale. Striving to deliver "a dramatic retelling in dance where I could create an amazing new secret world of magic," Cuatto achieved her goal and more.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
Ballet Theatre of Maryland concluded its 35th season - and artistic director Dianna Cuatto's 10th full season - with an eclectic Director's Choice program showcasing the versatility and strengths of dancers. Four of the five works in the ensemble were choreographed by Cuatto. As staged by Amanda McKerrow, famed choreographer Antony Tudor's "Continuo" was a stunning outpouring of free movement, perfectly executed by the troupe. Cuatto's patriotic salute, "American Ballads," presented a spirited Red dance to "The Star-Spangled Banner," a White dance to the lyrical "America the Beautiful" and a Blue dance to the soulful "Were You There?"
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
Ballet Theatre of Maryland's production of "Frontier: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake" comes to the Chesapeake Arts Center at 3 p.m. March 17 as part of the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum. The show continues the association's season bringing historic events alive in performance. This acclaimed ballet, capturing the spirit of the young United States, was inspired by the letters and memoirs of Dolley Madison and other women of the period. It depicts major events of the conflict, from the declaration of war and the burning of Washington, D.C., to the battle of Fort McHenry and the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner.
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