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Apr30

Honoring The Sea Goddess with Rowan Storm & Friends

Corazón Performing Arts, 125 South Topanga Canyon Boulevard , Topanga, CA

Alessandra Belloni presents: HONORING THE SEA GODDESS,

Presented to sold out audiences at the New York Open Center, Cathedral of St . John the Divine, Venice , Lerici, Perc Fest and Salsomaggiore Italy.

The concert is inspired by two geographically distant but thematically parallel traditions. Southern Italian and Brazilian purification rites and procession performed in the summer to honor the archetypical sea goddess. In Brazil she comes from the West African Yoruba culture and is called Yemanja , in Italy she is called the Black Madonna of the Sea (once called Aphrodite) . Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, dancer and REMO Artist Alessandra Belloni will be playing the ocean drum, recreating the sound of the waves of the ocean , her Yemanja drum made by Remo that combines the sound of the water with the drum, her line of Southern Italian tambourines and frame drums accompanied by a small ensemble of women percussionists, dressed in white and blue to honor the sea.

Featuring:

ALESSANDRA BELLONI: voice, tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, ritual dance

Special guests;

Rowan Storm | riqq, duff, dumbeck

Vida Vierra | percussion, vocals

Dani Lunn | percussion, vocals

Cynthia Jimenez | drums

They recreate rituals with songs, chanting and dancing, drumming and offerings of flowers to the images of Yemanja and the Black Madonna. The music played will include fisherman;'s songs, and love laments, from Southern Italy and Brazil, as original songs written by Alessandra Belloni inspired by her trips to Hawaii and Brazil written in honor of Yemanja. This is unique passionate show with great music and joyous ritual that invokes the healing power of primordial waters, was presented in Italy (Venice, Salsomaggiore Thermal resort, PERC FEST, New York OPEN CENTER, Los Angeles Italian Culural Institute.

Don Hackman, writing in the Los Angeles Times, found that "Alessandra Belloni and "Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider" is a revelation, utterly fascinating."

Drum Magazine noted that "Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times, reviewing an I Giullari di Piazza show, remarked that "Ms. Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum."

Tarantata: The Dance of the Ancient Spider

Los Angles Central Public Library - Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles

Alessandra Belloni is a world-renowned percussionist, singer, dancer and actress born in Rome, Italy. Her extensive body of work focuses on traditional Southern Italian dances, percussion and singing. Belloni has spent many years participating in drumming festivals and ceremonies in remote areas of Southern Italy, interviewing elders, researching women's spirituality, ethnomusicology and religion. An award winning tambourine virtuoso, she is committed to preserving the rich traditions of Southern Italian folk rituals and culture where music and dance are rites of purification and healing.

In Los Angeles, Belloni will present Tarantata: The Dance of the Ancient Spider, and the Healing Journey of the Black Madonna. Her performance is a syncretic mix of pagan and Catholic elements, in which music and dance create a magical space to heal and cure. Be ready for an emotional tour-de-force of frenetic dances, sacred songs, chants and rhythms.

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) is a twenty-first century interactive museum that documents the history and contributions of Italian American in Southern California and the nation, and showcases a seldom examined chapter of the Italian diaspora. The IAMLA features exhibitions and a variety of cultural educational programming and it is collaboratively operated by the City of Los Angeles. The museum is located in the Italian Hall, which was constructed in 1908 to serve as a community gathering place. Today, the Italian Hall is among the oldest remaining structures from Los Angeles' historic Little Italy and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The IAMLA is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

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Rhythm is the Cure Workshop

"RHYTHM IS THE CURE" 
HEALING DRUMMING AND DANCE RETREAT 
IN CALABRIA, ITALY  
AUGUST 17 to the 24th, 2020 
Learn more HERE
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Internationally renowned singer, percussionist, teacher
Alessandra Belloni, Remo Artist,
proudly announces her third retreat in the magical land of HAWAII!

Rhythm is the Cure Retreat in HAWAII
Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop from Southern Italy with special Hawaiian guests! 
 February 1 to february 8 2020


in a beautiful and peaceful setting, retreat house of KAHUMANA Organic Farm, Waianae, Oahu, Hawaii



with special guests Father Phil Harmon, founder of Kahumana Farm, a theologian who specializes in the Divine Feminine and the Black Madonna, Carla Haynes, yoga instructor, frame drum artist, Jose Puerto and Hawaiian artists

www.kahumana.org 

For acomodations contact Jordon : jordon@asi-hawaii.org 

 

Location:

Kahumana retreat houses offer a unique setting within the context of their diverse community in a truly restful environment of healing and wholeness. All of the rooms are secure and come with clean linen, towels & internet access. The swimming pool is available for those 18 years and older. Conveniently located on the Honolulu City Bus route.

Comfortably accommodates 12 people. All rooms have single beds and share 2 full baths. There are 11 rooms - 8 single beds, 3 double beds. A microwave & refrigerator provided for your convenience and the cafe offers a variety of Organic Foods & vegetables.



Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe is open Tuesday
through Saturday for lunch from 11:30a - 2:30p and dinner from 6:30p - 8:00p.

Rhythm is the Cure is a 6-day intensive healing workshop featuring Southern Italian ritual dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. 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.

This special retreat will also explore the natural beauties of the Island, tour of the organic farms, and will include the participation of 

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.

featuring guest artist : Auntie Nettie Armitage Lapilio

[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.


Objectives of the workshop are:
--To introduce the participants to the rich rhythm and dance tradition of Southern Italy known as the tarantella,
--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 rituals
--To release blockages of emotional and sensual energies through the Pizzica dance of liberation, therefore expelling any feelings of depression and repression. 

Students will learn the following ritual dances and rhythms:


TAMMORRIATA - 

A beautiful, sensual dance from Naples danced with castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called Tammorra. The movements and rhythm are set to an African beat played in 4/4 time in honor of the black Madonna, originally ancient rites for the Earth Goddess Cybele. 

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, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance where they'll create "spider-like" movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, as well as opening the heart and throat chakras. 

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. 

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.


The Rhythm is the Cure Experience:

Rhythm is the Cure is a transformative week filled with intensive study, play, and joy. It's a time shared with new friends you'll cherish for years to come all while you are learning the thrilling powers of the Tarantellas of Southern Italy. You'll draw energy from the earth and sky of Hawaii, the sun, the beaches, and delighted by the culinary delights Kahumana organic farm and be inspired by the artistry and healing energy cultivated by Alessandra. And when you're not enjoying your lessons you might nibble on fresh food you just picked in the garden, nap on the sun-drenched beaches or take a dip in the refreshing swimming pool. The week ends with a final party under the stars in a spectacular organic farm in the mountains.

Sharing meals together is a special part of each day, The ingredients used include grains and legumes, fresh fish and free-range meats, and of course, seasonal vegetables-many grown organically right on the premises.

Join us for a week you'll always remember. Register today!

Join us for a week you'll always remember. Register today!

PRICES

The fee for the workshop is $600 plus accommodations and 3 spectacular meals per day!  

Registration fee $100  (due November 30) (Non Refundable)  Click here to register https://www.everbutton.com/pay/4005


  • Double room $ 80 divided 2 ($ 40 per person)
  • Single room  $ 60 per person

*Meal plans are $50 per day They include 3 delicious meals each day. (drinks not included)

  For accommodations contact jordon@asi-hawaii.org 


 total for  double room $ 280 plus $ 350 food: $ 630

 Workshop PAYMENT SCHEDULE

  • Accommodation fee: 25% of total room charges due December 15 to Jordonl at Kahumana jordon@asi-hawaii.org 
  • *The fee does not include airfare or local transportation.

    PLEASE REGISTER EARLY

    Workshop is limited to 12 students****

    Any questions? Contact us at ABelloni@aol.com  

    Payment may be made by checks or money orders.

     Checks and money orders must be made payable to Alessandra Belloni and should be sent to:

      

    Alessandra Belloni

    1111 River Road, G-33

    Edgewater, NJ 07020