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 

Upcoming Events

Dance Beyond Winter Retreat

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The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge, NY

Experience the healing and transformative power of dance. Meet and connect with and open hearted community who value authenticity, creative expression and spiritual growth.
Over the course of the retreat, we will explore daily themes through embodied workshops, Ecstatic Dances with DJ's, nighttime live music concerts, guided meditations, nature walks and more.
Our venue for the weekend will be a historic retreat center in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in Upstate NY with gorgeous indoor gathering spaces, surrounded by beautiful forests, meadows and streams.

In Alessandra's workshop, 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 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. In modern day music therapy the tarantella rhythm targets especially women.

See link for event and accomodation pricing

Rhythm is the Cure Intensive Workshop-- Hawaii

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Windward Retreat Center, O'ahu Hawaii

Space is limited to 10 participants!
Rhythm is the Cure is a 6-day, intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual music and dance used as therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. This new workshop will blend the Southern Italian musical traditions of the Black Madonna, and the Divine Feminine, with sacred Hawaiian Hula dance for the Goddess Pele. Every morning drumming sessions will be held on the beach. Alessandra will be joined by special guest instructors, Fr. Phil Harmon and Auntie Nettie Armitage Lapilio
Please see: https://alessandrabelloni.com/retreat-in-hawaii for details on payment and registration. If you have any questions please email abelloni@aol.com.


EXACT DATES TBD-- Coming Summer 2023!! This retreat will be a full immersion into the ancient drumming traditions and devotional chants in Honor of the Black Madonna, which can only be truly experienced in the sacred mountains and healing waters of the Mother Land. This 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.

Following Alessandra Belloni’s vision as part of the Black Madonna Center, this summer students will have the special opportunity to study and tour Sicily.

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