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Feb9

NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò Presents: The Black Madonna and the Taranta: Healing Music from Southern Italy

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NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 W 12th Street, New York, NY

CASA ITALIANA ZERILLI MARIMO - Prof. Stefano Albertini, Director- Invites you to a special series of workshops and lectures (90 minutes each): February 9,11 & 16 – 5:00pm to 6:30pm – free – link on zoom will be available from NYU CASA ITALIANA upon registration.

THE BLACK MADONNA & THE TARANTA: HEALING MUSIC FROM SOUTHERN ITALY with I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA featuring:

INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST, TEACHER ALESSANDRA BELLONI! AUTHOR OF THE BOOK 'HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA, published by Inner Traditions - Bear & Co.

And featuring: Giullari di Piazza music director/co-founder JOHN LA BARBERA, composer & guitarist JOE DENINZON violin & vocals Dancer FRANCESCA SILVANO GUEST SPEAKERS FROM ITALY: Armando Mei, Egyptologist and writer and Angelo Tonelli, philosopher, writer, theater director and Classicist

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 9 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm PART 1: Alessandra will open with a short presentation about myths & legends in the South of Italy and the ancient sacred sites of the Black Madonna. Alessandra will speak about her personal healing journey with the Black Madonna, and her unique research that led her to write her book, Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna.

GUEST SPEAKER: Armando Mei (Egyptologist, writer and award winning archeologist, to be featured in the USA on the TV Show Open Mind on March 18, 2021) will speak about Ancient Egypt and the Myth of Isis, how devotion to Isis has continued and transformed over the years and evolved into the worship and devotion for the Black Madonna.

PART TWO: 1) Alessandra & John will teach the chants in honor of the Madonna of Montevergine (Avellino) and La Madonna della Libera (Moiano Benevento). These ancient healing chants use the Lydian Scale or Neapolitan Scale use to invoke healing and calm the mind

2) Alessandra & Francesca Silvano will lead a ceremonial workshop teaching the traditional sacred dances in honor of the Black Madonna: The powerful TAMMURRIATA from the region of Campania, which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, and the Egyptian Goddess Isis, now worshiped as the Black Madonna all over the South of Italy.

2ND CLASS: THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11- 5:00PM TO 6:30PM Experience the healing power of the ancient Tarantella ! Part 1 Alessandra will introduce the special guest speaker: ● Angelo Tonelli, Italian writer, philosopher, scholar of ancient Greek myths , and theatre director, originally from Lerici, (Liguria) and specialized in the ritual aspect of ancient Greek mythology. He has translated all the major Greek tragedies into Italian, and he will speak about his research into the myths of the Great Mother, Demeter, and the Eleusinian mysteries; Dionysus as God who dies and is reborn; the Bacchae and the relation of their ecstatic rites of to the ancient healing ritual of the tarantella and also in relation to the devotion and tradition of the Black Madonna in Southern Italy.

3) After a brief explanation and demonstration, Alessandra, Joe and John will play the Medieval Chant in Honor of the Black Madonna used to send way the fear of death by the plague: CUNCTI SIMUS CONCANENTES. Participants will also learn to sing this powerful prayer.

PART 2 : The healing rhythm of San Rocco & the Black Madonna from Calabria, known as OUR LADY OF THE POOR – CUNCTI SIMUS CONCANENTES – FOLLOWED BY TARANTELLA INFUOCATA – This rhythm is used to accompany a trance dance originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages, which evokes the elegant and meditative movements of the Whirling Dervish ceremonies of the Sufis. Both rhythm and dance were used during the time of the Black Death, to heal people and as a release from overpowering fears of death by contagious disease. This is very important and similar to the situation today with the outbreak of the CORONAVIRUS. Will end with a special healing chant in the Lydian Mode as meditation.

SESSION 3 TUESDAY FEBRUARY 16 – 5:00PM Experience the healing power of the authentic PIZZICA TARANTATA !

LET’S GET THE POISON OUT OF OUR BODIES & BREAK THE IMAGINARY WEB! Alessandra Belloni & John La Barbera will start with a short lecture about the tradition of the Tarantella from pre-christian times, the Myth of Arachne, and the true origins of the tarantella as music and dance therapy.

Participants will learn the traditional ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, known as PIZZICA TARANTATA - used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, in use for centuries throughout the Mediterranean. We’ll create a community healing ritual as our bodies move in ways that help us to open the energy points and stay grounded. These rhythms and movements represent an unbroken chain of inspiration and expression of sound and dance, dating back to the rites the God Dionysus and the women known as Baccanti (Bacchae) , and kept alive into the present. The presentation features: Alessandra and John will teach the healing chant from Naples JESCE SOLE, using the Lydian Mode. Francesca will lead the DANCE OF THE PIZZICA DE CORE as Alessandra, John La Barbera and JOE DENINZON will play the music: voice, percussion, guitar an violin.

PIZZICARELLA – social dance - FRANCESCA will steps of this energetic dance done in a circle. FIMMENE FIMMEN/THE PIZZICA TARANTATA or Spider Dance– This powerful and dynamic ritual dance originated in Puglia as a cure for the mythical bite of the Tarantula, a condition causing a mental disease called tarantismo, a form of depression, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate) often due to abuse. The wild rhythm of the Pizzica, played on medium size tambourines and accompanied by dance was performed as an exorcism ritual which produced a trance-like state beneficial for the healing of many disorders and imbalances. As part of a re-enactment of this ritual, Francesca Silvano, accompanied by John La Barbera, Joe Deninzon, and Alessandra Belloni will lead the participants in a circle dance accompanied by tambourine and guitar and accordion, playing the 6/8 rhythm and singing. During the ritual each student will learn the steps of the Pizzica, which means “ bite,” building up to a culmination where each student will then dance in a circle and lay down (possibly upon a white sheet) , using a red ribbons, and emulate "Spider" like movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages as well as opening the heart and throat chakras. The dance comes to completion as each participant dances their way out of an imaginary “Spider Web", achieve inner balance and relief of stress while restoring spiritual and physical energy is a major theme of this work.

REQUIREMENTS: Participants in the dance workshops should be barefoot, or wear comfortable shoes, and if possible everyone should wear white and red clothes, also use red ribbons. The sessions are held in a way that gives students the feeling of being part of the "ritual." Important : access to good internet

Jan15

Kicking off the New Year with healing Tarantella energy - Live from Tom Tedesco's Studio!

Virtual Event

From la Befana to LA TARANTA, we will kick off the New Year with good energy and a powerful musical exorcism playing and dancing the Pizzica tarantata and other healing trance dances known as Tarantella from Southern Italy! Join us on January 15 at 8pm EST, live from TOM TEDESCO’S STUDIO! This performance is sponsored by the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles! To watch the FREE live performance go to the IAMLA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/iamofla

FEATURING : Alessandra Belloni vocals, percussion, John La Barbera, classical guitar, chitarra battente , mandolin, Joe Deninzon violin vocals and mandolin, and our dancer Francesca Silvano.

The Tarantella, an ancient dance ritual that originates in the belief that a bite from the dreaded tarantula spider produces hysterical behavior in its victims, who were typically women. To cure her suffering, musicians play a fast-tempoed rhythm, to which the afflicted performs a hypnotic dance until she finally drives the venom from her body. Join the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America on January 15 for TARANTATA, The Dance of the Ancient Spider, a virtual concert and interactive program featuring world-renowned percussionist, singer, dancer, and ethnomusicologist Alessandra Belloni with music director composer John La Barbera.

Jan5

I Giullari Di Piazza Holiday Fundraiser - A Musical Celebration of the Epiphany!

Virtual Event

Join Alessandra Belloni and I Giullari di Piazza for a Special Performance Celebrating the Epiphany, January 5, 2021! Featuring Neapolitan Christmas music, La Befana telling a commedia dell'arte Christmas story, and conversation with the artists

Dear Friends!

We hope that you will join us online and support our non-profit organization with a year-end tax-deductible contribution for a very special event: A MUSICAL EPIPHANY CELEBRATION FUNDRAISER Join us Tuesday, January 5, 2021, from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, live from Tom Tedesco’s Studio, for an Epiphany celebration hosted by Artistic Director Alessandra Belloni and Music Director John La Barbera, co-founders of I Giullari di Piazza.

This will be a special online live presentation featuring music from the beloved Neapolitan Renaissance Christmas show, LA CANTATA DEI PASTORI and premiering special storytelling about the history of I Giullari di Piazza and the creation of this classic holiday presentation, praised by the New York Times.

La Befana, the Good Witch of Christmas, will tell her old beautiful story, on the traditional night before the Epiphany, about Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem. They are joined by the Archangel Gabriel, Devils, Demons, and the commedia dell'arte characters in a triumph of good over evil. In addition to the performance, the musicians and the company directors will interact and tell their stories about performing this production for 35 years. You will get a behind-the-scenes peek into how I Giullari and their shows developed, including conversations with members of the troupe, both musicians and dancers. The evening will include live performances of some of the CANTATA favorite Neapolitan Christmas songs, including traditional tarantellas, Renaissance villanelles, and pastorales from traditional sources, with original music by John La Barbera and traditional Southern Italian instrumentation. The presentation ends with a singing by the Company of the oldest known Neapolitan Christmas song. Directed by Alessandra Belloni (also in the role of Mary playing her drum to defeat the devil) Music composed and arranged by John La Barbera, also playing classical guitar, chitarra battente, mandolin Guest artists include: Max McGuire as La Befana; Joe Deninzon, violin and vocals, also in the role of the Devil; Francesca Silvano dancer, in the role of shepherdess, the Moon, and the Sun; and other special guest artists to be announced!

FOR TICKETS VISIT: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/musical-epiphany-celebration-fundraiser-tickets-133009903201?

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Rhythm is the Cure Workshop

"RHYTHM IS THE CURE" 
HEALING DRUMMING AND DANCE RETREAT 
IN SICILY, 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