Daughters of Cybele

The Daughters of Cybele - Women Drummers Against Violence

Written and directed by Alessandra Belloni




In observation of Domestic Women's History Month, Alessandra Belloni will present the world premiere of her all-women's ensemble, Daughters of Cybele, in "Voices of the Tarantate," which will include real stories of women's struggles and their healing, woven into powerful sacred chants, drumming and healing trance dances in Honor of the Black Madonna.  

Featured performers:
Alessandra Belloni -voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance
Eve Sicular - drums, djembes
Beth Ann Mastromarino- tambourines
Dancers: Francesca Silvano, Danielle Hartman

Film trailer about Alessandra as artist and healer https://vimeo.com/59786628 password " shaman " 

Read reviews here: 
TheaterScene.net review of Voices of the Tarantate: http://www.theaterscene.net/music/voices-of-the-tarantate/jean-ballard-terepka/

BroadwayWorld.com review of Voices of the Tarantate: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwdance/article/BWW-Reviews-VOICES-OF-THE-TARANTATE-20141104 

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We will 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 as music and dance therapy.

We’ll create a community healing ritual as our bodies move in ways that help us to open the energy points and stay grounded. According to what Alessandra observed in her practice and personal experience in teaching healing workshops around the world, “tarantismo” may be defined as depression or sadness caused by unrequited love or abuse. The Pizzica is an ancient form of music and dance therapy.

We will also learn a unique style of traditional Southern Italian frame drum and tambourine playing, including variations of the 4/4 rhythm of the Tammorriata. 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 frame drumming traditions, achieve inner balance and relief of stress while restoring spiritual and physical energy is a major theme of this work.


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