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The Voyage of the Black Madonna

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Celebrate the Traditional Feast of the Black Madonna & Santa Sarah La Kali (also worshipped as the Madonna of the Sea)!

Experience live music by Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher, author Alessandra Belloni and composer and phenomenal musician John La Barbera.

Learn special sacred chants and drumming for the Black Madonna and participate in a special ritual presentation about the Goddess Aphrodite by Director/Founder of the Goddess Temple and Museum of Women in Orange County Ava Park.

After a lifetime of study and teaching Southern Italian folk music, dance, and healing traditions, world-renowned percussionist and musician Alessandra Belloni and famed guitarist John La Barbera will perform special traditional music from Naples in honor of the Black Madonna as well as original compositions written by John La Barbera for their opera THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA.

This event will also feature extracts from the VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE TO THE SACRED SITES OF THE BLACK MADONNA IN SOUTHERN ITALY (you can register for the entire course at: https://thecenterfortheblack madonna.teachable.com/)

General Admission Tickets - $30.00

Black Madonna Ritual Drumming & Dance Workshop & Pilgrimage in Southern Italy

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Italy

Join us for a New Pilgrimage Dedicated to the Traditions of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy This Summer! Learn special drumming, chanting & dance at an amazing workshop in the Region of Naples in Campania by the sea & mountains!

Workshop Dates: Starting in the Amalfi coast, we will begin our journey on July 31 through August 8. We will be leaving on August 9th.

Special Feature Collaboration with internationally renowned Neapolitan Folk Musician, & classical singer, percussionist teacher Nando Citarella. (see below - www.nandocitarella.it

This new workshop/pilgrimage will be a deep full immersion in the ancient drumming traditions and devotional chants in Honor of the Black Madonna to be fully experienced in the Mother Land, in sacred Mountains and healing waters.

Following Alessandra Belloni’s vision as part of the Black Madonna Center, for the first time, this summer, special students will have the opportunity to study and tour the area of Naples in the region of Campania.

This new powerful journey will introduce and transport students to a time and place where an unbroken and ancient tradition continues today with folk music, processions, devotional drumming, and dance.

Another special feature: Lectures by Egyptologist and Archeologist Armando Mei, about the goddess Isis & The Black Madonna.

As featured in Alessandra's book "Healing Journeys with the Black MAdonna ", Students will also be taken on short pilgrimages to four sacred sites of the Black Madonna: 1. Madonna Avvocata on a Beautiful Mountain on the Amalfi Coast 2. Black Madonna of Positano 3. Feast of the Black Madonna della Neve (August 5th) 4. Black Madonna of Montevergine and Black Madonna of Moiano (August 6 to August 8)

DAY 1 & 2: August 1-2nd VISIT TO THE BLACK MADONNA DELL’AVVOCATA - spectacular mountain above the Amlafi coast

During the workshops students will study the basic Italian tambourine and frame drumming techniques of different Tammorriata 4/4 rhythm in honor of the Black Madonna and the beautiful & sensual dance done by couples playing castanets. These workshops will take place during the days and some evenings in improvisational Neapolitan style.

These powerful workshops will incoude the special collaboration with Folk Musician, percussionist Neapolitan singer teacher Nando Citarella where students will learn traditional drumming, chanting, and dance dedicated to The Black Madonna.

Alessandra and Nando will start with an introduction on the ancient style of rhythm and dance known as the Tammurriata, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, protector also all of gays, and transgenders as well as the Egyptian Goddess Isis, now worshiped as the Black Madonna all over the South of Italy.

Alessandra & Nando will lead participatory chants of devotion to the Sun (Jesce Sole), an ancient healing chant using the Lydian Scale or Neapolitan Scale as well as authentic chants and prayers to the Black Madonna.

DAY 3: August 4th VISIT TO LA MADONNA DI POSITANO -- the most beautiful town in the Amalfi Coast, where the Goddess Aphrote was worshipped in ancient times

Day 4: August 5th FEAST OF THE BLACK MADONNA DELLA NEVE Torre Annunziata/Pompei We’ll catch amazing moments of the unique re-enactment of the discovery and fishing of the Black Madonna, originally found in a large cage in the sea in the year 1350. This feast is held at sunset by sea near the Vesuvius with boats following the Madonna in procession along the coast, blessing the water and the town. This is an ancient ceremony with origins in the worship of the Goddess Aphrodite, and the African Orisha Yemanja, Goddess of Love and the Sea.

Day 5 - August 6th VISIT TO THE BLACK MADONNA OF MONTEVERGINE In the region of Irpinia , we will visit the Black Madonna of Montevergine, who is considered the most important of the seven sisters accompanied by the drumming and chanting of Nando Citarella and Alessandra Belloni.

This beautiful Black Madonna known as MAMMA SCHIAVONA, is worshipped in the ancient sacred site of the Earth Goddess Cybele. She continues to be venerated on a high sacred mountain, which pilgrims still climb barefoot today chanting and drumming in her honor. Here the rites of Cybele and Attis, and the transgenders’ devotion of the “femminielli” (young women) was popular in pre-christian times as they are today.

Day 6: August 7th VISIT TO THE MADONNA DELLA LIBERA Will end with a visit to the MADONNA DELLA LIBERA, our Lady of Freedom, near Benevento. This is a beautiful and powerful statue which has direct origins to the Egyptian Goddess Isis, as that area, known as Irpinia, was a settlement of the ancient Egyptian with a wide spread worship of Isis, the one who is really the ‘FIRST BLACK MADONNA AND CHILD”.

Here We will also be learning with well known scholar, writer and Egyptologist Armando Mei, now being featured on the GAIA NETWORK IN THE US. He will speak about The Egyptians settlement in Campania , who left a strong esoteric school in the region of Naples.

ABOUT NANDO CITARELLA: Nando is one of the most important and well known folk musician and classical singers of the revival of Southern Italian Folk Music. He has collaborated with Alessandra Belloni for the last 40 years and is one of her drumming and dance teachers. He has performed with Alessandra & together with John La Barbera and our company I Giullari di Piazza in New York at Symphony Space and Carnegie Hall.)

ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 star hotels with swimming pools and gourmet food • HOTEL DEI CONGRESSI near the Amalfi coast www.hoteldeicongressi.it • HOTEL DE LA VILLE located in the mountains of Avellino www.hoteldeicongressi.it

Total Cost $2,000 for double occupancy $2,200 for single occupancy Registration due immediately $200

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VENMO & ZELLE also accepted. Plus hotel deposit to be confirmed. (30%) by April 10

The Cost Includes: Special Workshops, 2 meals a day, Local Transportation, Bus pick up & drop off at airport of Naples

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Rhythm is the Cure Workshop

"RHYTHM IS THE CURE" 
HEALING DRUMMING AND DANCE RETREAT 
 SICILY, ITALY 
 
AUGUST 17 to the 24th, 2021
Learn more HERE 
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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.

Also available for schools is 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.

YouTube Playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=79FD7875439A4D1C 

YouTube Video:

http://youtu.be/qXSMdLhZdAU