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Alessandra Belloni Presents “Gifts from the Black Madonna in the Time of Covid & BLM” with Special Guest Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox

SPECIAL EVENT!

“Gifts from the Black Madonna in the Time of Covid & BLM” FEATURING BEST SELLING AUTHOR REV. DR.MATTHEW FOX!

Celebrating May Month of Mary & the Black Madonna

INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST, TEACHER AUTHOR ALESSANDRA BELLONI Proudly announces her first ONLINE EVENT with Dr. MATTHEW FOX!

“Gifts from the Black Madonna in the Time of Covid & BLACK LIVES MATTER ” SATURDAY MAY 8TH – 6pm EST (3PM PST) – (90 minutes)

Rev. Fox is the foremost proponent of creation spirituality (based on mystical teachings of Hildegard von Bingen, Meister Eckhart, Saint Thomas, Julian of Norwich, among others). In his book on the Sacred Masculine, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine, Fox offers a challenging chapter on the "sacred marriage" of the Black Madonna and the Green Man. He is also the author of 38 books on spirituality and culture translated into 78 languages.

The event will also Feature Alessandra Belloni and John La Barbera offering sacred chants & music in Honor of the Black Madonna from Belloni’s book "HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA” Published by Inner Traditions - Bear & Company presently No. 1 on Amazon in the category of Folk dances- with Foreword by Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox.& The Opera ‘THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA” and music by composer/guitarist John La Barbera & Alessandra Belloni.

Please email ABelloni@aol.com for registration or alessandrabelloni@gmail.com

The length of the presentation is 90 minutes Registration is: $ 40 Pay through https://www.everbutton.com/pay/7602 Also accepted VENMO @ Alessandra-Belloni or ZELLE

You will receive a zoom link after you register, please register in advance! We will begin with a sacred chant to the Black Madonna and continue with Dr. Rev Matthew Fox extraordinary talk and presentation, and end with more sacred music and ritual drumming for the Black Madonna from Southern Italy and around the world. We will end with Q & A with Dr. Matthew Fox.

Alessandra Belloni is proud to feature Dr. Matthew Fox's foreword in her book "HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA", (complete with a music CD) The book opens a portal into the sacred sites of the mysterious Black Madonna, in Italy and around the world. It is rated 5 stars and is best seller on Amazon under dance.

FROM DR. MATTHEW FOX PREFACE: "It takes a certain fierceness to face climate change, the extinction of countless species, the disappearance of rain forests and trees and soil and animals in our times. There is, as the Sufi mystic Hafiz put it, a “fierce battle” going on, and people need to be awakened and aroused. This is one reason the Black Madonna is returning in our time—to wake us up from our anthropocentric (Pope Francis calls it our “narcissistic”) slumber. This is one reason why the African goddess Isis was often pictured wearing a headdress with rattles—to wake people up and to rattle our institutions, to awaken us from slumber.”

RITI MUSICALI FEMMINILI DI PRIMAVERA FINE: Musical Spring Rites for Women

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Online

Event by Golden Girls Global Online: eventbrite.com Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:30 PM EDT – 7 PM EDT Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr 30 min Public · Anyone on or off Facebook Let's prepare for Spring in an ancient traditional way. Healing and awakening ceremonial dance event! Alessandra will open with a presentation about myths & legends in the South of Italy and the ancient sacred sites of the Black Madonna. She will speak about her personal healing journey with the Black Madonna, and her unique research that led her to write her book, and to teach healing workshops and perform this music all over the world. Alessandra will teach ancient healing chants that use the Lydian Scale or Neapolitan Scale use to invoke healing and calm the mind. The repertoire will also feature: Sacred dances in honor of the Black Madonna: TAMMURRIATA, CUNCTI SIMUS CONCANENTES, OUR LADY OF THE POOR and THE PIZZICA TARANTATA or Spider Dance. We will close with an experiential journey! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/150976285133 April 30th, 2021. 5:30-7pm MDT https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/ Sliding scale. Golden Girls Global is a collective of Body-Centered Leaders serving thousands of Girls Coming of Age around the World. Golden Girls Global is a worldwide movement creating safer spaces for diverse girls to access, explore and connect with the nature of their own creativity, fertility and emerging selves in community. Focusing on the arts, especially as expressed through the body, Golden Girls Global supports the sustainability and celebration of the feminine as essential to the health of the planet. Golden Girls Global Website Email: office@goldengirlsglobal.org A Golden Bridge Production. goldenbridge.org

FESTA SICILIANA - with Sudcantica Sicilian Folk Ensemble

Online - via Zoom

Alessandra Belloni proudly presents her first overseas event as part of her vision of The Black Madonna Institute and I Giullari di Piazza online school!

FESTA SICILILANA A SPECIAL ONLINE INTERNATIONAL SICILIAN FOLK MUSIC CONCERT and WORKSHOP Presented by Sicilian Folk Musicians from the group SUDCANTICA. SATURDAY APRIL 10 – at 3pm EST https://www.facebook.com/events/481171129597619

Featuring : FEDERICO CHIOFALO, voice, guitar, tambourine, accordion. SEBASTIANO PIETRINI, voice, chitarra battente, tambourine, marranzano. SANTO SCORDINO, bagpipe, tambourine, voice, castagnette, pepita. FRANCESCO PICCOLO, guitar, bass, voice.

La Compagnia SudCantica was founded in 2019, from the desire of several musicians and friends to create an open line-up in which to express their love for the traditional music of Southern Italy. Not just music, the company is based on friendship, inclusiveness and the desire to share all the cultures of the world. The instruments used are those typical of the southern musical repertoire: zampogna, chitarra battente (folk guitar) marranzano, (jaw’s harp) tambourines, castagnette, accordion and violin. The strength of the band lies in recreating all the overwhelming strength of the Dionysian rhythms brought to paroxysm in order to release all tensions in the audience thanks to the abandonment of the body to dance. A rite that miraculously remained intact despite all the repressive force of the clerical and often governmental structures of the past. "What makes us most happy is to see the audience stand up and start dancing."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w78JmVn7M6E ABBALLATI ABBALLATI SICILIAN TARANTELLA for ZAMPOGNA, bagpipe

Please email ABelloni@aol.com for registration or alessandrabelloni@gmail.com Also featuring composer, guitarist, music director John La Barbera

The length of the presentation is 90 minutes Registration is: $ 40 https://www.everbutton.com/pay/7602 Also accepted VENMO @ Alessandra-Belloni or ZELLE

You will receive the zoom link after you register. You will also receive Mp3s.

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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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Sunday January 5th at 5 PM (Epiphany Eve in Italy)
Theater for the New City, Johnson Theatre 
155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Street)
Tickets: $25 Reservations: 212-254-1109 or www.theaterforthenewcity.com


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Celebrate the Epiphany, the Coming of the Light, in Southern Italian Style with I Giullari di Piazza's

'LA CANTATA DEI PASTORI' (The Shepherd's Cantata)
Based on the Traditional Southern Italian Play by Andrea Perrucci in the 17th century and still performed annually in the environs of Naples. 


The musical version has been adapted and directed by Alessandra Belloni and enacted by masked commedia dell'arte characters, puppets, devils, and the Archangel Gabriel on stilts. Narrated in English by La Befana - the Good Witch of Christmas; music composed and directed by John La Barbera. 

"A musical play presented by the traditional Italian group I Giullari di Piazza (is) a rarity among Christmas programs; it somehow manages to be both riotously entertaining and curiously haunting, even profound… a vibrant and uproarious performance." --Alex Ross, The New York Times

The music, directed by John La Barbera, is folkish, aiming for vitality above precision and often achieving both. The adaptation, by the troupe's director, Alessandra Belloni, is geared for action rather than quiet piety; in a climactic battle, Miss Belloni as Maria beat a large drum and sang out while the Angel Gabriel took on the dragon. Giuseppe de Falco as Razzullo (and Vincenzo Corrao as the birdlike Sarchiapone) shared slapstick duties. --Jon Pareles, The New York Times

Cast:
Alessandra Belloni - as Mary, mezzo-soprano, percussion
John La Barbera - music director, classical and renaissance folk guitar, mandolin
Giuseppe De Falco - Neapolitan singer/actor as the commedia dell'arte character Razzullo
Max McGuire - La Befana
Mark Mindek - stilt dancer as Archangel Gabriel
Joe Deninzon - violinist as the Devil
Susan Eberenz - flute, piccolo, recorders
Enrico Granafei - as a devil and a fisherman
James Karcher - sword fighter, principle devil
Francesca Silvano - dancer, shepherdess, devil
Peter DiGeronimo - shepherd, devil
Sebastian La Barbera - young devil fiddler and special children's participation as shepherds and angels.

PRESS RELEASE: 

I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA, renowned 33-year old Southern Italian music/theater/dance company, will present their traditional Southern Italian "La Cantata dei Pastori," (The Shepherd's Cantata) a musical holiday delight for people of all ages, Sunday January 5th at 5 PM, at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue.

Join La Befana, the Good Witch of Christmas, Mary and Joseph, the Archangel Gabriel, Devils, Demons, and the commedia dell'arte characters who enact this beloved story of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, and the triumph of good over evil. 

The music - tarantellas, villanellas and pastorales - comes from traditional sources, with original music by John La Barbera. Adaptation and direction are by Alessandra Belloni. Songs are sung in Italian; costuming and music instrumentation is traditional Southern Italian; narration is in English. The play ends with a singing by the Company of the oldest known Neapolitan Christmas song.

The play is set during Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem, during which the Devil has dispatched demons to stop the birth of Jesus. Along the way, the holy couple's escapades are entwined with the hapless commedia dell'arte character called Razzullo, a comic mischievous Neapolitan scribe who is always hungry and looking for something to eat. The demons, in the meanwhile, conjure up tempests, dragons, and do all they can to stop the birth, but all are under the protection of the Archangel Gabriel (played here, in traditional style, by Mark Mindek, well known stilt dancer who has appeared in Metropolitan Opera productions, Disney Films and special events around the world.). The holy couple experiences funny, outrageous, and dangerous adventures before they finally reach Bethlehem and Good triumphs over Evil! 

"La Cantata dei Pastori" is still performed annual during the Christmas season in the environs of Naples. Written by Andrea Perrucci during the height of commedia dell'arte popularity in Italy, it combines commedia characteristics with those of the Italian medieval sacra rappresentazione. These elements are fused in settings which borrow from a third genre, the Italian pastoral drama.

The play's author, Andrea Perrucci, used the pseudonym of Dt. Casimiro Ruggiero Ugone when he wrote "La Cantata dei Pastori." This Sicilian-born but Neapolitan-bred poet and dramatist, who had a reputation in Naples as a stage director, was educated by the Jesuits and received a doctorate in letters.

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Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Alessandra Belloni Live Appearance on ABC-TV7 Chicago http://youtu.be/3J9ZlzKLzPw
Alessandra Belloni featured on CNN Worldbeat http://youtu.be/IkOqBrpcB9Q
Alessandra Belloni "Spider Sex documentary " on National Geographic http://youtu.be/vp8dE3jJnq0

" In this age of high tech special effects and over the top theatrics it was refreshing to see a performance reminiscent of traditional Opera Buffa. One gets the feeling of witnessing a show performed the same way it has been for centuries in Campania. The performers' passion and talent, not technology, breathe life into the story to create a wonderful illusion." --Magna Grece (Journal for people of Southern-Italian descent)