BALAM performers, Carlos Fittante and Olsi Gjeci, graced the stage of the Boston Early Music Festival’s production of the 17th century opera “Niobe-Queen of Thebes” in June. Baroque dance specialists, Fittante and Caroline Copeland (seen here), co-choreographed theatrical dances and performed in this three-act opera by Agostino Steffani. Gjeci made his Baroque dance debut in this production performing a gavotte, rigaudon and gigue, as a spear-yielding hunter and also dancing a march, passepied and chaconne, as an enchanted Romanesque warrior.
Fittante's and Copeland’s Baroque Choreography Received Rave Reviews.
“Caroline Copeland and Carlos Fittante, who designed pastorals, hunts, revels and flirtations to make the point that, at the French-influenced Munich court of Elector Max Emmanuel, dance interludes between stretches of singing were an important part of an evening’s musical entertainment.”
-Boston Musical Intelligencer
“… [a] commendable job of re-creating both music and choreography…”
-New York Times
“…choreography is steeped in the niceties of Baroque style”