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"INTERLUDE" Choreographed and performed in 2013, 'Interlude' is a contemporary ballet choreographed on the dancers of The Ballet Theatre of Maryland by Dianna Cuatto and is set to music by Meg Ryan which was played live on stage by Julie Frazier.
"Vortex" is a contemporary work choreographed by Dianna Cuatto and set to music by Marc Galiber. This work was choreographed and first performed in 2013, which is the performance you are about to see. Cuatto and Galiber collaborated to create the music that fit Cuatto’s vision, which was inspired by the four vortexes (Boynton Canyon, Cathedral Rock form Red River Crossing, Bell Rock, and Airport Mesa) in Sedona, AZ. Vortexes perform a similar role for the Earth as chakras do in the human body. Power is concentrated in the vortexes where earth ley lines meet and this energy powers out in swirling spirals of knowledge, healing, and light. This idea of swirling power influenced the movement behind ‘Vortex.’
"The Sleeping Beauty" is set to music by Peter IIyich Tchaikovsky and was choreographed and restaged by Dianna Cuatto after Marius Petipa. The Ballet Theatre of Maryland premiered this ballet in February 2016 at both Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and The Modell Lyric Opera House, which you will see in this recording.
The Prologue- The Christening of Princess Aurora: In celebration of Princess Aurora’s christening, the King and Queen invite the five good fairies to bestow gifts upon Aurora and to act as her Fairy Godmothers. The Amethyst Fairy, the most powerful fairy of them all, begins to grant Aurora her gift of wisdom and abundance when she is interrupted by lightening and thunder. The evil fairy, Carabosse arrives and is angry to have not been invited to the celebration. Carabosse has a gift for the princess too. On her 16th birthday, Aurora will prick her finger on a spindle and die! The Amethyst Fairy intervenes, and while she is unable to reverse Carabosse’s spell, she can mitigate it. She promises the King and Queen that the princess will indeed prick her finger on a spindle, but she will not die. Instead, she will fall into a deep sleep for 100 years, to which she will be awaken from by true love’s kiss. This promise breaks Carabosse’s spell and the power of the Amethyst Fairy dismisses the evil fairy. As she leaves, Carabosse promises that she will get her revenge and the princess will die. The Fairies reassure peace and hope to the King and Queen, but out of extra precaution, King Henry bands and vows to burn every spindle in the kingdom.
Act 1- Aurora’s 16th Birthday: On the day of the Princess’s 16th birthday, a grand celebration is held and noble guests including four Royal Suitors arrive. Aurora must choose one to marry and they dance together in the infamous Rose Adagio. The celebration is interrupted when an old woman appears and gives a bouquet of roses to Aurora. Inside the bouquet Aurora finds a spindle which she is fascinated with until she accidentally pricks her finger on it. As Aurora’s strength ebbs away, Carabosse revels herself as the old woman to taunt the King and Queen with the fulfillment of the curse that she made 16 years ago at Aurora’s christening. The Amethyst Fairy appears to keep her promise; Aurora will not die, but instead she, and all everyone else in the castle, will fall into a 100 year sleep where they will only wake when Aurora experiences true love’s kiss.