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By Anna Quindlen | October 11, 1994
New York -- WELL, I haven't seen so much tippy-toeing around since the last time I went to the ballet. When members of the arts community were asked this week about one of their biggest benefactors, Philip Morris, and its requests that they lobby the New York City Council on the company's behalf, the pas de deux of self-justification was so painstakingly choreographed that it constituted a performance all by itself.An official of one group put it thus: "We were not lobbying on behalf of Philip Morris; we were lobbying on behalf of ourselves and the money pool."
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to the Sun | December 15, 2006
The Nutcracker is a holiday treat that does not grow stale under choreographer Dianna Cuatto of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Now in her fourth season as artistic director, Cuatto continuously tweaks to accommodate the growing dance skills of her cast, intent on perfecting every scene danced by her professional troupe and superbly-rehearsed students. This year's budget prevented engaging J. Ernest Green and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra to supply live music at selected performances for a third consecutive year, but the production I saw Saturday succeeded despite being somewhat diminished in dramatic nuance.
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By KEVIN THOMAS | August 15, 1993
In the September issue of Living magazine, the author of one bTC article describes how a flea market dealer finally flipped out when a customer offered him $2 for a $100 vase.He reportedly smashed the vase on the ground, saying: "There, now it's worth $2."I earnestly believe this story is true. And it could easily have happened at the flea market held on Sundays every spring through fall outside Columbia Mall.From April into October, hundreds of vendors, many from as far )) away as West Virginia and North Carolina, descend on the mall each Sunday to barter items common and bizarre.
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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK and J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC | August 3, 2006
Paul Quinn manufactures paper clips, which, as a friend reminds him, are intended to hold things together. Pickles Amalfitano creates sculptures that she hopes will connect with people. At the start of Susan Middaugh's A Modern Pas de Deux at the Vagabond Players, however, neither of these middle-aged singles has been able to connect or hold a romantic relationship together. The desire to break that pattern is a valid premise for a play. But in director Barry Feinstein's Baltimore Playwrights Festival production, it's difficult to see what these two lost souls see in each other.
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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK and J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC | August 3, 2006
Paul Quinn manufactures paper clips, which, as a friend reminds him, are intended to hold things together. Pickles Amalfitano creates sculptures that she hopes will connect with people. At the start of Susan Middaugh's A Modern Pas de Deux at the Vagabond Players, however, neither of these middle-aged singles has been able to connect or hold a romantic relationship together. The desire to break that pattern is a valid premise for a play. But in director Barry Feinstein's Baltimore Playwrights Festival production, it's difficult to see what these two lost souls see in each other.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 11, 1999
A ballet company that premieres two original works in one night and includes the "Black Swan Pas de Deux" of Tchaikovsky is offering an adventurous program as it is. Throw in Bizet's "Carmen" in the second half and it becomes an ambitious and exciting evening.But Ballet Theatre of Annapolis pulled it off last weekend at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.The new works were Anton Wilson's "Seep," an abstract piece based on Emily Dickinson's poem "Almost" and danced to the music of contemporary composer Phillip Glass, and Edward Stewart's traditional "The Crowned Jewel," a moving tribute to his late mother set to the music of French romantic composer Gabriel Pierne.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 15, 2005
Ballet Theatre of Maryland Artistic Director Dianna Cuatto offered dance for every taste in her program to close the season last weekend at Maryland Hall. The opening work, set to Ravel's "Bolero," showcased female dancers' strengths. The second dance featured three women and one man smoothly changing partners with the trio in "Bittersweet Images." And, for classical tastes, a pas de deux from Don Quixote ended the first half. After intermission, the program's major work, An American Southwest Carmen, was presented.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Contributing Writer | June 22, 1993
A compendium of temperaments, techniques and talents underscored Sunday evening's performance of "A Gala Evening of Ballet" at Wilde Lake High School as part of the 10-day Columbia Festival of the Arts.American Ballet Theatre stars Amanda McKerrow, along with her dance and life partner, John Gardner, Dance Theatre of Harlem principals Christian Johnson and Donald Williams, and Pennsylvania Ballet soloists Lisa Sundstrom and Scott Jonovich were the featured dancers in this program of contemporary short ballets and well-known classical excerpts.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 28, 1999
Ballet Theatre of Annapolis had an opulent opener in a mixed repertoire that featured the gem "Sapphire Romance," a pas de deux titled "The Golden Age" and a bow to the Duke -- true nobility among American composers -- in "Ellington Suite.""Sapphire Romance" is a multifaceted gem choreographed by Ballet Theatre's artistic director Edward Stewart to the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff. The ballet reflects Stewart's sensitivity, his skill in showcasing each dancer's strengths, and ability to design what is visually arresting.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 30, 1997
In the old days, a program called "Stars of the Ballet" was an instant groaner.It usually meant that a couple of aging dancers who needed money in the off season would capitalize on their name recognition by going on the road, sometimes accompanied by a group of girls from the corps de ballet who had nothing better to do for the next few months.But the "Stars of the Kirov Ballet," coming next week to the Naval Academy as part of the Vice Admiral Eliot Bryant and Miriam Bryant Distinguished Artists Series, really are stars.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 15, 2005
Ballet Theatre of Maryland Artistic Director Dianna Cuatto offered dance for every taste in her program to close the season last weekend at Maryland Hall. The opening work, set to Ravel's "Bolero," showcased female dancers' strengths. The second dance featured three women and one man smoothly changing partners with the trio in "Bittersweet Images." And, for classical tastes, a pas de deux from Don Quixote ended the first half. After intermission, the program's major work, An American Southwest Carmen, was presented.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 7, 2002
Ballet Theatre of Maryland's program last weekend ranged from a too-long recital-like showcasing of dancers to new choreography that stretched our horizons and created a visually stunning performance. Leonide Masine's whimsical one-act ballet La Boutique Fantasque (The Fantastic Toyshop), newly choreographed by BTM artistic director Edward Stewart, opened the program. In the ballet, the toy-maker (Jeffrey Watson) and his wife (Charlotte McNutt) display an assortment of toy animals and dolls for a customer (Dmitri Malikov)
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By Lori Sears | February 28, 2002
Antique bottle show Have an old bottle in your attic you think may be valuable? Or an antique jug you can't bring yourself to throw out? Bring it to the Baltimore Antique Bottle Club's annual show and sale Sunday in Essex. There'll be free bottle appraisals, educational displays and tables upon tables of unique collectibles for show and sale. You'll find glass bottles, tins, fruit jars, antique jugs, breweriana and more from more than 300 dealers. The bottle show runs 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Athletic Center on the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 7201 Rossville Blvd.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 15, 2001
Ballet Theatre of Maryland continued its 20th anniversary season last weekend at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts with a program that offered all the components associated with the troupe and artistic director Edward Stewart. It had innovative choreography that showcased the artistry of new and returning principals, soloists and the entire company; classical ballet contrasting with a startling new commissioned work; and consistently strong visual appeal in each dance. The program opened with "Oriental," an exotic work of immense energy and arresting visual appeal choreographed by Stewart to the music of John Adams.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 14, 2000
In what promises to be a most exciting season, Annapolis ballet will have a new name, new leadership and new status. Artistic Director Edward Stewart has announced that his company will now be known as Ballet Theatre of Maryland, reflecting its new status as the only full-time professional ballet company in the state. Stewart also announced the company's new executive director, Lorraine Commeret, and unveiled the troupe's 20th anniversary season. Having joined the company in April, Commeret is fully grounded in most aspects of Ballet Theatre's coming season.
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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 | December 10, 1990
Once again it is the season for "The Nutcracker," and the Maryland Ballet's rendition of the Christmas favorite is a nicely paced and endearing version of the holiday classic.However, the Saturday evening performance at Goucher College lacked emotional snap.That is not to say that the dancing was poorly executed. In fact, the company (and Maryland Ballet students) look more solid and more technically attuned than ever -- but that intangible spark of delight and daring was sadly missing from more than one divertissement.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 2, 2000
Talk about contrasts. From a classic pas de deux to a jazzy ballet for four male dancers to a new piece with 17 female dancers, the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis is offering a wide variety of performances this weekend showcasing the strengths of its members. In performances tomorrow and Saturday, the ballet will perform Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" balcony scene, choreographed by artistic director Edward Stewart, and "Le Corsaire" choreographed by Petipa, and Act II of "Giselle," with choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 2, 2000
Talk about contrasts. From a classic pas de deux to a jazzy ballet for four male dancers to a new piece with 17 female dancers, the Ballet Theatre of Annapolis is offering a wide variety of performances this weekend showcasing the strengths of its members. In performances tomorrow and Saturday, the ballet will perform Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" balcony scene, choreographed by artistic director Edward Stewart, and "Le Corsaire" choreographed by Petipa, and Act II of "Giselle," with choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 28, 1999
Ballet Theatre of Annapolis had an opulent opener in a mixed repertoire that featured the gem "Sapphire Romance," a pas de deux titled "The Golden Age" and a bow to the Duke -- true nobility among American composers -- in "Ellington Suite.""Sapphire Romance" is a multifaceted gem choreographed by Ballet Theatre's artistic director Edward Stewart to the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff. The ballet reflects Stewart's sensitivity, his skill in showcasing each dancer's strengths, and ability to design what is visually arresting.
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