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By J. L. CONKLIN and J. L. CONKLIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 17, 1996
Edward Stewart's Ballet Theatre of Annapolis presented its spring concert last weekend at the Maryland Hall for the Arts with a mixed program. The six highly disparate works demonstrated not only Mr. Stewart's choreographic versatility, but also the strong performance skills of his well-tuned company.Opening the Friday night program was "Classical Variations," a ballet conceived in the grand manner of St. Petersburg. The piece borrows classical solos from various ballets and sandwiches them between a prelude and finale choreographed by Mr. Stewart.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 22, 1999
Ballet Theatre of Annapolis will bring to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts this weekend a program of dance that should be of interest to the whole family.The all-classical program includes "Beauty and the Beast," a two-act ballet based on the ancient folk tale and choreographed by BTA's artistic director, Edward Stewart, and Act II of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov."Beauty and the Beast" will be a visual treat with elegant costumes and dramatic sets.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 22, 1999
Ballet Theatre of Annapolis will bring to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts this weekend a program of dance that should be of interest to the whole family.The all-classical program includes "Beauty and the Beast," a two-act ballet based on the ancient folk tale and choreographed by BTA's artistic director, Edward Stewart, and Act II of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov."Beauty and the Beast" will be a visual treat with elegant costumes and dramatic sets.
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By J. L. CONKLIN and J. L. CONKLIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 17, 1996
Edward Stewart's Ballet Theatre of Annapolis presented its spring concert last weekend at the Maryland Hall for the Arts with a mixed program. The six highly disparate works demonstrated not only Mr. Stewart's choreographic versatility, but also the strong performance skills of his well-tuned company.Opening the Friday night program was "Classical Variations," a ballet conceived in the grand manner of St. Petersburg. The piece borrows classical solos from various ballets and sandwiches them between a prelude and finale choreographed by Mr. Stewart.
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By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | April 11, 1995
The Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, under the artistic direction of Edward Stewart, has been a regional mainstay for nearly 15 BTC years, creating ballets that appeal to both adults and children. This year, Mr. Stewart again used a fairy tale, "Beauty and the Beast," as his choreographic inspiration.While children may have been enticed to the ballet because of the Disney connection, Mr. Stewart's ballet closely followed the traditional tale. In fact, this ballet was dramatically understated: not many special effects; not one dancing teapot.
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By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,Contributing Writer | April 19, 1993
While an engaging work, Artistic Director Edward Stewart's "Snow White," wasn't always theatrically coherent. Several dramatic questions were left hanging in this new ballet, presented as the second act of Ballet Theatre of Annapolis' spring program, yet there were enough solid dancing and winsome performances by this personable company to offset any flawed logic or unique interpretation of the fairy tale.Mr. Stewart's enjoyable one-act ballet in six scenes with a lengthy prologue benefited from sophisticated staging, clever costuming (with more than a passing nod to Disney)
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 20, 2000
Ballet Theatre of Annapolis (BTA) ended an extraordinary season last weekend with a nod to the future in a program that focused on youth in its fairy-tale subject matter and by showcasing young dancers. Forty-six dance students from Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore performed with the troupe's professional dancers. The children's joy and pride were contagious, adding enjoyment to the program. Newly choreographed works by the theater's prolific artistic director, Edward Stewart, spotlighted the strengths of his 26-member company and the youngsters who joined them.
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By J. L. Conklin | May 7, 1991
Path Dance Company, under the direction of Kathy Wildberger, presented "Loose Limbs" last weekend at St. John's Church in Baltimore. The collection of eight works by local choreographers was enlightening -- not only did it show the diversity of dance in this city, but it also underlined the scarcity of performing space for emerging artists.Binnie Ritchie Holum opened the evening with a charismatic, fresh, honest and heart-warming solo "Wind," to Bette Midler's popular song, "Wind Beneath My Wings."
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 22, 2001
"Glorious the song when God's the theme," said 18th-century poet Christopher Smart in his "Song to David." The committee overseeing the Performing Arts Ministry of St. Philips Episcopal Church in Annapolis couldn't agree more, which is why they are dedicated to providing the public with entertaining concerts and shows that have an uplifting and redeeming quality. In keeping with that theme, St. Philips shifts its congregational focus to Key Auditorium on the St. John's College campus Sunday, when its Performing Arts Ministry will present "Dance for Life," a recital by choreographer, dancer and teacher Anton Wilson and a troupe of his talented colleagues.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | October 21, 1994
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.
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By J.L. Conklin and J.L. Conklin,Special to The Sun | April 11, 1995
The Ballet Theatre of Annapolis, under the artistic direction of Edward Stewart, has been a regional mainstay for nearly 15 BTC years, creating ballets that appeal to both adults and children. This year, Mr. Stewart again used a fairy tale, "Beauty and the Beast," as his choreographic inspiration.While children may have been enticed to the ballet because of the Disney connection, Mr. Stewart's ballet closely followed the traditional tale. In fact, this ballet was dramatically understated: not many special effects; not one dancing teapot.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 29, 1999
It was fortuitous that Ballet Theatre of Annapolis scheduled its "Family Ballet" program, the last of its season, last weekend. It provided an uplifting diversion from the news of the massacre in Littleton, Colo.The program included "Beauty and the Beast" and Act II of "Swan Lake," classical ballets with themes of the redemptive power of love. "Beauty and the Beast" was choreographed by BTA's artistic director Edward Stewart, whose work shows his artistic vision, strong sense of dance dynamics and ability to showcase the talents of each dancer.
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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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