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A Renaissance Spectacle: Famous Fete is Recreated

Posted February 10, 1999

The sights and sounds of the Renaissance come to life in a reconstruction of Catherine de Medici's FÍte at Fontainebleau Saturday, Feb. 20, at International House.

Singing sirens Arion, Venus, Juno and Athena; French geometrical ballet; country dances; authentic music; and period costumes will transport the audience back in time to a lavish masquerade that originally took place during Carnival 1564 in France.

Directed and choreographed by Mark Franko, the production features dance soloist Juliet Neidish, a member of NOV Antiqua; The King's Noyse, North America's only Renaissance violin band; Ellen Hargis, a soprano specializing in 17th and 18th century music; student dancers from Berkeley's Center for Theater Arts; and the music department's Collegium Musicum, a collection of ensembles that use period instruments and historical techniques to create lively performances of early music.

FÍte at Fontainebleau is presented in conjunction with Berkeley's Consortium for the Arts, a new organization that supports interdisciplinary collaborations in the arts and a greater role for the arts in Berkeley's general education curriculum.

The event begins at 8 p.m. in the International House auditorium, located at 2299 Piedmont Ave. Tickets are $2, $6 and $8 and are available at the door.

For information call 642-9460.


February 10 - 16, 1999 (Volume 27, Number 22)
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