Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 West 42nd Street, New York, NY
LA FESTA DELLA DONNA
Celebrating Italian and Italian American Women in New York.
Produced by Vanessa Racci
75 minute show
$25 to $30 ticket price yet (all patrons subject to $50 food and beverage charge)
Location: The Laurie Beechman Theater - Downstairs at the West Bank Cafe (407 West 42nd Street Between 9th and 10th avenues)
a special performance o: "TARANTATA" -featuring excerpts from the production SPIDER DANCE, South Italian Tarantella trance dances, ritual drumming and healing chants for the Black Madonna,Mara Gerety violin and dancers Francesca Silvano and Greta Campo.with
Vanessa Racci: Italian Jazz Singer
Jenna Esposito: Italian Pop Singer
Regina Decicco: Comedian
Maria Dimmino: Comedian
CELEBRATE WOMEN INTERNATIONAL DAY
with the healing TRANCE DANCE AND RHYTHMS OF THE TARANTELLA
in a workshop taught by
INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST, DANCER ALESSANDRA BELLONI!
AUTHOR OF THE BOOK 'HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA,
published by Inner Traditions - Bear & Co.
SUNDAY MARCH 8 - 8:00pm
Daya Yoga Studio
360 Jefferson St, New York, New York 11237
Early Bird $40 :: Day Of $50
Join us at Daya Yoga Studio for a day of experiencing the healing power of Southern Italian tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni.
We’ll learn the traditional ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, in use for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. We’ll create a community healing ritual as our bodies move in ways that help us to open the energy points and stay grounded.
THE PIZZICA TARANTATA or Spider Dance– This erotic and dynamic ritual dance originated as a cure for the mythical bite of the Tarantula, a condition causing a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate) in Southern Italy. The wild rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance was performed as an exorcism ritual which produced a trance-like state beneficial for the healing of many disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance accompanied by her magic tambourine 6/8 rhythm and singing. During the ritual each student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which means “ bite,” building up to a culmination where each student will enter the circle and lay down upon a white sheet, surrounded by red ribbons, and emulate "Spider" like movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras. The dance comes to completion as each participant dances their way out of an imaginary “Spider Web", achieve inner balance and relief of stress while restoring spiritual and physical energy is a major theme of this work.
We’ll also learn a unique style of traditional Southern Italian tambourine playing, including variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella. These rhythms and movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration and expression of sound and dance, dating back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, and kept alive into the present. We will learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, traditionally done by women. Empowering women to get in touch with their ancient roots.
Observation on the tarantella. It has been used in Italy and the Mediterranean for centuries to cure people, mainly women, who suffered a form of mental depression known as tarantismo, attributed to the mythical bite of the tarantula. According to what Alessandra observed in her practice and personal experience in teaching healing workshops around the world, “tarantismo” may be defined as depression, suicide mania, hysteria, aggression, and sexual dysfunction resulting from sexual abuse. In modern day music therapy the tarantella rhythm targets especially women who have been abused and suffer from emotional and physical disorders, including cysts, dysplasia, irregular bleeding, and early menopause.
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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JOIN ALESSANDRA BELLONI Artistic Director &
I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA, ITALIAN FOLK MUSIC, THEATRE & DANCE for their 40th anniversary benefit concert
honoring OSCAR WINNING ACTRESS MARISA TOMEI!
Proud to anounce a special fund raiser during the Holidays on December 22 at CAPRI RESTAURANT, at 5:30pm – 145 Mulberry Street (Little Italy).
It is great to celebrate this 40th anniversary Honoring Oscar Winner Actress MARISA TOMEI (now starring on Broadway in ‘THE ROSE TATTO, by Tennessee Williams) for her commitment to the Italian Culture, Healing arts, music and dance. She has been a great inspiration to me both as an empowered woman and talented actress. Alessandra Belloni was honored to work as consultant with her on the Rose Tattoo and very grateful that she accepted to be honored by us.
We will present a special performance of: "TARANTATA -featuring excerpts from the production SPIDER DANCE, South Italian Tarantella trance dances, ritual drumming and healing chants for the Black Madonna, and I Giullari’s favorite upbeat repertoire!
FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED, THERE WILL BE A RAFFLE