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Ballet Theatre shows creativity in 'Firebird,' 'Scarlet Letter'


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. In 1968 Cuatto was the first American ballerina to dance the role of Princes Tsarevina in Ballet West's premiere American production of...