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RHYTHM IS THE CURE Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop from Southern Italy & Hula from Hawaii!

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JANUARY 27 to FEBRUARY 3rd 2022 in a new peaceful setting, in Oahu: WINDWARD Quaker RETREAT CENTER : www.windwardretreat.org

Drumming classes will be held on the beach every morning!

NEW THIS YEAR: SPECIAL FEATURE HULA CLASSES with Auntie Nettie Armitage Lapilio On the tradition of PELE Hawaiin Goddess of the Earth She is a fully recognized Kumu Hula and Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner. She has been teaching Hula, Hawaiian Language and Music for 48 years. She is a practitioner of Ho’oponopono, a Traditional Hawaiian practice for healing both family and professional relationships. She is a highly sought-after professional musician and educator in Hawaiian circles.

Also featuring special guest Father Phil Harmon, founder of Kahumana Farm, a theologian who specializes in the Divine Feminine and the Black Madonna and will hold classes in the evening in the Black Madonna Chapel of the Steiner center.

Special prices at : $750 for the workshops, plus accommodations and food see below: A 25% deposit is required ASAP to hold the room at the retreat center Double $ 360 including cleaning fees deposit required 25% - special food fresh organic catering provided by Davina $40 per day for 3 meals

Payment can be may be made by VENMO ZELLE 0r with everbutton links available soon

Join us for a week you will always remember. Register today! DURING THE RHYTHM IS THE CURE WORKSHOP 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. Alessandra will also teach sacred chants of the Black Madonna from Southern Italy and other parts of the world. Drumming classes will be done on the beach every morning!

Objectives of the workshop are:

--To learn the history of this powerful tambourine style, originally done mainly by women, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshiped as the Black Madonna and to come to understand the healing and stress-relieving effect of these rhythms and dances.

--To bring women back in touch with their lost drumming tradition.

--To make the participants feel part of community-healing ritual

TAMMORRIATA – A powerful rhythm set to an African beat played in 4/4 time in honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele. It accompanies a sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra.

RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO (SPINNING DANCE) – This dance, originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages. It was danced during the time of the plague to help people release the overpowering fear of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning, many people enter ecstatic states during this dance, similar to the Whirling Dervish ceremonies.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA – The wild 6/8 rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance and song, was performed as an exorcism ritual that produced a trance-like state beneficial for healing many mental-health disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this healing ritual, participants will play a circle and learn the ceremony : a dance where they’ll create “spider-like” movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of energy.

Alessandra ends the sessions using the ocean drum, creating the sound of waves in a final relaxation invoking the healing power of the water with chants to the Goddess of the Sea, the Sun and the Black Madonna. Participants are encouraged to wear white and red, and women to wear skirts. Father Phil’s Course Description:
An orientation to the teachings and practices of the Western Esoteric traditions, the Mystics, and the Saints, presented by Archpriest Philip, on the Black Madonna as the Earth-Mother in a Feminine Divine Trinity, with the Holy Sophia, her Celestial-Daughter, and with the Sacred Soul (Holy Spirit) and our Angelic Companions as the Being who unites the Earth and the Heavens.

ABOUT THE LOCATION: Windward Retreat Center The center is a place Friends and family from around the world can come together to learn, experience, and grow, in an environment of awe-inspiring beauty and tranquility. The Windward Retreat Center was designed for educators and non-profit groups looking for a special space to hold retreats, workshops, and meetings. The main meeting room is ideal for yoga, Qigong, or other open spaced events. It also can be configured for conference, classroom, or lounging. SIGHT & SOUNDS: Integrated sound and video systems were designed to bring multimedia presentations alive. High speed internet and wi-fi keep guests connected. ACCOMMODATIONSAll overnight guests will be treated to wonderful nights sleep. All beds are the finest quality hotel beds that are triple sheeted for a five-star nights sleep. The Windward Retreat Center is a nonprofit organized in a manner consistent with the traditions, testimonies, faith and practice of the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers).

PLEASE REGISTER BY OCTOBER 15 ! The workshop fee is 750 Registration fee $150 (due by October 15) (Non Refundable) Click here to register https://www.everbutton.com/pay/4005 Remaining Workshop Tuition $600 (due November 30) Click here to pay remainder of tuition https://www.everbutton.com/pay/4006

PLEASE REGISTER EARLY Workshop is limited to 12 students****

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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)