I Giullari di Piazza is the only performing troupe in America devoted to the creation of new musical and theatrical productions reviving the old traditions of southern Italian music, theatre, and dance, combined with folk legends, myths, and Commedia dell’Arte.
The company was founded in 1980 by artistic director, singer, and actress Alessandra Belloni, together with music director, composer, and classical guitarist John La Barbera. Together the directors have produced a wide repertoire based on twenty years of field and academic research. I Giullari di Piazza are artists-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
. I Giullari di Piazza are artists-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. The company has performed at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, the Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts (where they also teach Commedia dell'Arte), Madison Square Garden, the Smithsonian Institute, the Metropolitan Museum, Giants Stadium, & the Cleveland Museum of Art. They have toured in Hawaii, California, Illinois, Canada, Florida (Epcot Center/Disneyworld), Pennsylvania, & elsewhere. The company was featured in a National Geographic Documentary on spiders directed by Jeff Morales, entitled “SPIDER SEX” with the authentic Tarantella dance as a healing trance ritual. Alessandra & the company are looking for a label to release a CD of the music from “SPIDER DANCE” – featuring the new techno-tarantella and at the moment they are also looking for management. If you are interested in helping the group in this important moment you can also contact: Audrey Ross at AudreyPub@aol.com or Alessandra Belloni at: ABelloni@aol.com
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA'S MISSION STATEMENT:
I Giullari di Piazza’s mission is to educate audiences, both in theatres and schools, on the rich southern Italian folklore, through concerts, theatrical productions and workshops, all of which are based on extensive library and field research by Directors Alessandra Belloni and John La Barbera. Our troupe specializes on the improvisational style of Commedia dell’Arte theatre, with music and dance, using masks and giant puppets, and combining mythic rituals of Pre-Christian origins. Through the creation of new work based on these old traditions, our goal is to encourage Italian-American awareness, interest and pride in this rich ethnic heritage which has been lost due to integration and assimilation into the American culture.
I Giullari has performed at major theatres such as: Carnegie Hall in New York and Pittsburgh, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum, Madison Square Garden, St. John the Divine, St. Mark’s Church, Symphony Space, and toured to Smithsonian Institute, Dept. or Cultural Affairs in Chicago, Universal Studios in Los Angeles, Epcot Center in Florida.