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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.

Mar21

Spring Equinox Musical Online Celebration!

Online - via Zoom

CELEBRATE THE SPRING EQUINOX!

with the healing TRANCE DANCE AND RHYTHMS OF THE TARANTELLA & WOMEN’S BASKET DANCE of FERTILITY in an ONLINE workshop taught by award winning percussionist, singer, author, and teacher Alessandra Belloni

with dancer FRANCESCA SILVANO COMPOSER GUITARIST JOHN LA BARBERA & GYPSY JOE ON VOCALS AND ACCORDION

Featuring the PIZZICA TARANTATA ritual dance from Puglia and the Women’s basket dance FRONNI D’ALIA from Basilicata

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER EMAIL: Abelloni@aol.com or alessandrabelloni@gmail.com REGISTRATION: $50.00 You can make a payment using VENMO OR ZELLE or link: https://www.everbutton.com/pay/6349

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, the ecstatic rites of Dionysus and the Baccaes and the true origins of the tarantella as music and dance therapy, from Puglia, used to cure a form of depression known as tarantismo.

Mar16

AfroRoots/WHAM Festival at Goddard Riverside - The Black Madonna and the Tarantata

Online - via Zoom

The WHAM Festival at Goddard Riverside and Afro Roots Tuesdays celebrate Woman's History Month with a true icon... INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED SINGER, PERCUSSIONIST, TEACHER ALESSANDRA BELLONI! AUTHOR OF THE BOOK “HEALING JOURNEYS WITH THE BLACK MADONNA” published by Inner Traditions - Bear & Co.- rated among best sellers on Amazon, under dance.

Presents: THE BLACK MADONNA & THE TARANTA HEALING MUSIC FROM SOUTHERN ITALY – with dancer FRANCESCA SILVANO and other guest musicians and speakers.  Featuring the Southern Italian Musical and healing dance traditions of the Black Madonna and the Tarantella. 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.

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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, 2021
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Rhythm is the Cure - Healing Dance & Drum Workshop

From the Ancient Mediterranean to today, Alessandra Belloni conducts this world renowned workshop for Women…( New York Open Center, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland , Glastonbury Goddess Festival, Annual Workshop in Tuscany, Italy, and in California, Brazil, Australia, always transforming  the lives of many women…

In this workshop featuring Southern Italian folk dances and rituals we will learn chants used to invoke the healing power of the sun and moon, as well as a repertoire of therapeutic dances, accompanied by the beat of Frame drums and tambourines. Alessandra presents these unique dance movements which trace their roots from Southern Italy back to ancient Greece, with connections to Iran, Egypt and Andalusia, as well as to the traditions of the Gypsies who traveled from Rajasthan through North Africa, Morocco and Spain to Sicily and Calabria.

Representing an unbroken chain of inspiration from pre-Christian times to the present these dance movements embody and culminate the different dance traditions which we know today as Flamenco, Belly Dance and Tribal Dance. Participants should prepare to be enraptured by these exciting and healing dances. It is preferred that women wear skirts and bare feet to invoke a lost femininity. If possible, participants should wear white clothes to help facilitate the feeling of being part of a "ritual." Videos collected during Alessandra’s research are shown at the beginning of the workshop demonstrating actual rituals from outside the churches of Southern Italy.

Students Should Expect to Learn the Following Dances:

TAMMORRIATA - This elegant and sensual dance from Naples is performed by couples playing castanets to the rhythm of the large drum, called the Tammorra. The dance movements have a strong Spanish and Middle Eastern flourish, with many recognizable movements of the Flamenco and Belly Dance traditions. These movements are set to the beat of African 4/4 rhythms. The Tammorriata is based upon an improvisational style of drumming and singing usually enacted during the summer rituals in honor of the ancient Earth Goddess Cybele, and later, the Black Madonna.

THE PIZZICA TARANTATA – This erotic and dynamic ritual dance originated as a cure for the mythical bite of the Tarantula, a condition causing a mental disease called tarantismo, which afflicted mainly women (tarantate) in Southern Italy. 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 healing ritual, Alessandra will lead the participants in a circle dance accompanied by her magic  tambourine 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 enter the circle and lay down upon a white sheet, surrounded by red ribbons, and emulate "Spider" like movements on the ground, releasing stress and blockages of sexual energy, 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.”

TARANTELLA DE’ 600 – This is a Renaissance folk dance which is done in pairs which is very popular in Italy and throughout the Mediterranean. It contains both fast, energetic steps and combined arm and leg movements which improve coordination. This invigorating dance had been called by Alessandra’s students ‘Italian Aerobics”.  

 RITMO E DANZA DI SAN ROCCO or SPINNING DANCE – This dance originating in Calabria during the Middle Ages evokes the elegant and meditative movements of the Whirling Dervish ceremonies of the Sufis. This dance was used during the time of the plague to heal people and as a release from overpowering fears of death. Due to the trance-inducing movements and incessant spinning many people enter ecstatic states during this dance. The session ends with a meditation utilizing a chant to the Sun, Jesce Sole, in the Lydian scale. The calming and lilting harmonies of this chant combined with the ocean drum guides students into complete relaxation. Participants emerge feeling light and joyful after this healing journey through sound and dance…