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  • Jan 22
    NYU Casa Italiana,  NYC
  • Jan 30
    Hawaii Loa Ridge,  Honolulu
  • Feb 1
    Rhythm is The Cure in Hawaii! Healing Dance & Drumming Retreat, Feb. 1 - 8, 2020,  Waianae

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Rhythm is the Cure Workshop

Rhythm is the Cure is an intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

The number of participants and length of the workshop can be customized to your needs--one day to 10 days is possible.

Contact Alessandra for more details and to discuss programming Rhythm is the Cure near you!

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A DAY IN THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE -  Special educational program available for touring to schools and educational institution created for Caramoor center for Music and the Arts in 1993 and still in residence there. featured on ABC TV as seen onwww.alessandrabelloni.com/videogallery


Experience what thousands of school kids have enjoyed at Caramoor. A Day in the Renaissance will take your students to Italy with songs and dances, street theater, music, masks.  A special children’s workshop of Italian Renaissance Instruments, music , dance and Theatre of the Commedia dell’Arte:
The actors will explain the Italian Renaissance history, talking about the painters, art, sculptures, explorers, music and theatre. The musicians will demonstrate instruments as recorders, viola, violin renaissance guitar, will demonstrate the masked character of the comical Renaissance theatre of Commedia dell’Arte such as Pulcinella, Arlecchino, Don Giovanni and the woman Ricciulina, they will teach the song with gestures typical of the Commedia character entitled Ricciulina, and the popular Renaissance dance tarantella del ‘600.

featuring the children’s production of THE ADVENTURES OF DON GIOVANNI AND HIS SERVANT ARLECCHINO comic opera based on a 16th century Neapolitan Commedia dell'Arte manuscript, the play features the hilarious shenanigans of Arlecchino his fiancee "Ricciulina", a servant who falls instead for his master Don Giovanni, and the servant Sebastiano, Ricciulina’s brother, who favors his sister match with the wealthy Don Giovanni rather than Pulcinella. As in the opera, Don Giovanni is punished in the end when he meets a ghost (giant puppet) and he’s taken to hell by the devil in a "dance macabre" This opera is featured at the CARAMOOR workshops, where children are invited to join singing and dancing the Tarantella with the "irresistible" Ricciulina.


The company is formed by seven artists from this CAST:

Alessandra Belloni, Artistic Director, Ricciulina, singer, percussionist , dance, Mark Mindek, Arlecchino,James Karcher, Don Giovanni, actor /sward fighter, Susan Eberenz, flutes /recorders, Joe Deninzon or Susan Mitchell violin, Wilson Montuori, guitars, Max Mc Guire Actor, (Zanni), Cynthia Enfield, Actress /singer Ricciulina, Francesca Silvano Dancer


 Cynthia Enfield, Actress /singer Ricciulina, Francesca Silvano Dancer



LIVE ON ABC TV in Chicago -http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=resources&id=8592878

Excerpts from the show, "Tarantelle Canti D'Amore", performed by Alessandra Belloni and John La Barbera with I Giullari Di Piazza at Symphony Space, New York City on October 30, 2009.

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