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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 16, 1997
It's a good thing Natasha Kirjanov remembered the Russian she thought she had forgotten.Kirjanov dances the role of Mina in Ballet Theater of Annapolis' "Dracula," a full-length story ballet that opens this weekend at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. The title role is danced by a former member of the Bolshoi Ballet, and he speaks only a little English.So Kirjanov is also translating for Dmitry Tuboltsev, who portrays the Transylvanian count.Though she says her Russian is nothing special, Kirjanov -- born in Massachusetts and the daughter of Russian emigres -- adds that translating is helping her regain fluency.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC | October 1, 2007
The last time they worked in Baltimore, the architects of BTA+ were crafting one of the city's most high-profile projects - the Harborplace shopping pavilions that helped rejuvenate the Inner Harbor. Now they've been selected to recommend ways to revitalize another part of town - the 100-acre Charles North urban renewal area between Penn Station and Charles Village. The commission represents the first time the Massachusetts-based firm has been hired to work in Baltimore since the waterfront marketplace opened in 1980, and it marks a reunion of sorts for several team members.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 16, 1998
Once upon a time, Ballet Theater of Annapolis couldn't decide whether to aim its spring program at children or adults.One year it would do a program for grown-ups; the next, a program just for younger audiences. Last year, it tried to do both: an adult program on Friday night and a family program of fairy-tale ballets on Saturday and Sunday."That got fuzzy and confused," says Executive Director Janet Morgan, "and we realized we were cannibalizing our own audience. People had to choose one or the other, or they had to come to both programs on the same weekend, which most weren't willing to do."
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 13, 2000
This weekend, the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis ends its season with a program devoted to fairy tales. The performance will begin with "Fairy Tale Highlights" choreographed by artistic director Edward Stewart. Fairy tale characters will be featured from children's literature, including "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," "Alice in Wonderland," "Puss 'N Boots and the White Cat" and "Tales of Beatrix Potter." BTA's 26-member company will perform with student dancers from Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore.
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By Judith Green | October 16, 1997
In a photograph of Dmitry Tuboltsev in costume for the title role in Ballet Theater of Annapolis' "Dracula," his face is painted with shadows that look almost like bruises. Deborah Harris, BTA's general manager, jokes: "It just shows what dealing with the INS can do to you."The manager and the dancer have gotten to know more about the Immigration & Naturalization Service than either ever wanted.Tuboltsev's dance career zigged and zagged in the former Soviet Union because of internal work permits.
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September 3, 1998
Airline strike postpones Chinese ballerina's arrivalBallet Theater of Annapolis' new soloist, Chinese ballerina Zhirui Zou, has had a change of plans. She was supposed to arrive tomorrow on a Northwest Airlines flight, but the airline's pilots have been on strike since last weekend.BTA artistic director Edward Stewart said the dancer has found a USAir flight that will bring her to the United States Saturday.BTA had planned a welcome for Zou tomorrow, with flowers, members of the ballet and a translator.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 13, 2000
This weekend, the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis ends its season with a program devoted to fairy tales. The performance will begin with "Fairy Tale Highlights" choreographed by artistic director Edward Stewart. Fairy tale characters will be featured from children's literature, including "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves," "Alice in Wonderland," "Puss 'N Boots and the White Cat" and "Tales of Beatrix Potter." BTA's 26-member company will perform with student dancers from Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore.
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By Maria Mallory | March 4, 1991
Dusting off an old marketing tactic that has been dormant here for the past four years, the Baltimore Tourism Association is rolling out its Red Carpet Weekend, a regional promotion aimed at luring more tourists to the metropolitan area.March 15 through March 17, the BTA will host more than a dozen busloads of tour planners, or "brokers," from neighboring states. The tour planners represent clubs and other organizations that charter buses for weekend and overnight trips.BTA and its supporters hope to familiarize and impress the visiting road-trip planners with Baltimore's tourist attractions so that the planners put the area on their tour itineraries.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 7, 1999
Ballet Theatre of Annapolis has announced a new season, to open in two weeks, that will offer classical ballets to delight the most ardent traditionalist and treasured favorites to please the family.This 19th season of the BTA, which since 1980 has been under the artistic direction of Edward Stewart, promises to be one of BTA's most exciting and ambitious ones.The 1999-2000 season will offer four full-length productions to be presented at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.The season will open Oct. 22 with the company's only modern dance program of the season, "Ellington Suite," choreographed by Stephanie Powell, in celebration of the centennial of the birth of musician-composer Duke Ellington.
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By PHIL GREENFIELD and PHIL GREENFIELD,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 24, 1995
Poised to begin its 15th year of bringing the joys of classical dance to local audiences, the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis has announced the details of its new season.Performances begin Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, with guest artists Cynthia Harvey and Wes Chapman, both principal dancers with the American Ballet Theatre in New York City. They will perform Act II of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" and the Grand Pas de Deux from "Sleeping Beauty."Also on the program are the world premiere of "Passion" by composer Leonard Moses, and "Sapphire Romance," which features music from Rachmaninoff's impassioned Piano Concerto No. 2. Both are creations of Edward Stewart, BTA's artistic director.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 7, 1999
Ballet Theatre of Annapolis has announced a new season, to open in two weeks, that will offer classical ballets to delight the most ardent traditionalist and treasured favorites to please the family.This 19th season of the BTA, which since 1980 has been under the artistic direction of Edward Stewart, promises to be one of BTA's most exciting and ambitious ones.The 1999-2000 season will offer four full-length productions to be presented at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.The season will open Oct. 22 with the company's only modern dance program of the season, "Ellington Suite," choreographed by Stephanie Powell, in celebration of the centennial of the birth of musician-composer Duke Ellington.
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September 3, 1998
Airline strike postpones Chinese ballerina's arrivalBallet Theater of Annapolis' new soloist, Chinese ballerina Zhirui Zou, has had a change of plans. She was supposed to arrive tomorrow on a Northwest Airlines flight, but the airline's pilots have been on strike since last weekend.BTA artistic director Edward Stewart said the dancer has found a USAir flight that will bring her to the United States Saturday.BTA had planned a welcome for Zou tomorrow, with flowers, members of the ballet and a translator.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 22, 1998
The ballet season in Annapolis may be over, but the dancers of Ballet Theater of Annapolis are still on their toes.Having finished their BTA contracts, the dancers are free to perform elsewhere, and they're busy.Male dancers are always in short supply, so Russian emigres Dmitry Tuboltsev and Aram Manoukian were snapped up to dance in a production of "Giselle" by a company in Manassas, Va.Manoukian and Natasha Kirjanova also danced this week in Baltimore Choral Arts Society's production of "Carmina Burana" at the Gordon Center in Owings Mills.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 16, 1998
Once upon a time, Ballet Theater of Annapolis couldn't decide whether to aim its spring program at children or adults.One year it would do a program for grown-ups; the next, a program just for younger audiences. Last year, it tried to do both: an adult program on Friday night and a family program of fairy-tale ballets on Saturday and Sunday."That got fuzzy and confused," says Executive Director Janet Morgan, "and we realized we were cannibalizing our own audience. People had to choose one or the other, or they had to come to both programs on the same weekend, which most weren't willing to do."
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 24, 1998
The Ballet Theater of Annapolis' spring performance last weekend at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis was an improvement over the disorganized, unmusical mess of last fall's "Dracula."The three-part program showed the company in proper repertory for its size and ability.It began with "Minkus Variations," a compilation of bon-bons from Leon Minkus' full-length ballets "Paquita" and "Don Quixote," and ended with "3 Moons Unveiled," a new work by Anton Wilson, a former BTA dancer.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 11, 1997
The title character in "The Nutcracker" is almost incidental in some versions of the popular holiday ballet by Tchaikovsky. But in Ballet Theater of Annapolis' production, he steals the show.Through a stroke of good fortune, BTA has acquired Russian dancer Dmitry Tuboltsev for the season, and he is something to see.Tuboltsev, whose dancing I first saw in BTA's otherwise murky "Dracula," has a lovely technique, clean and easy jumps, and exceptional stage presence. Though at 31 he's a little mature to be playing the Nutcracker Prince, BTA is not going to be doing "Swan Lake" soon; so those who want to see male grand allegro technique and gallant partnering will have to be content with the holiday standard.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN ARCHITECTURE CRITIC | October 1, 2007
The last time they worked in Baltimore, the architects of BTA+ were crafting one of the city's most high-profile projects - the Harborplace shopping pavilions that helped rejuvenate the Inner Harbor. Now they've been selected to recommend ways to revitalize another part of town - the 100-acre Charles North urban renewal area between Penn Station and Charles Village. The commission represents the first time the Massachusetts-based firm has been hired to work in Baltimore since the waterfront marketplace opened in 1980, and it marks a reunion of sorts for several team members.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | October 28, 1994
Last weekend's season-opening fall program from the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis was a less-than-gripping affair that made time pass slowly.I'll not dispute that BTA has access to many exceptionally talented dancers whose physical exploits are a pleasure to watch. But from a theatrical perspective -- and we're talking about dance theater after all -- this one was a bit of a snoozer that smacked of unvarying mood, indifferent execution and (I'll just bet) minimal rehearsal time.Facial and anatomical energy seemed muted all night long, and the hell-for-leather elan that marks BTA at its best was just nowhere to be found.
NEWS
By Judith Green Grilling the neighbors | October 19, 1997
Close to the altogetherTHREE ELEGANTLY slim women modeling fancy underwear in Victoria's Secret at the Annapolis Mall one day last week were no ordinary lingerie buyers.They were dancers Sandra Prehoda, Anmarie Touloumis and Shari Vazquez of Ballet Theater of Annapolis, looking for costumes to wear in their roles as the naked brides of Dracula in BTA's production this weekend of the vampire thriller.Their attire had to be as close to the altogether as possible. Which is what brought them to Victoria's Secret.
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