Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director presents:
Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23 at 8pm
This fiery “percussive journey” through the South of Italy will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy and exorcism, healing chants in honor of the Black Madonna, lullabies, love ballads, work chants and protest song. Original songs compose by Alessandra dedicated to the Black Madonna, and Goddess of Love and Waters Yemanja, Brazilian Rhythms and chants inspired by her travels to Brazil , Hawaii, Italy and France.
The performance ends with the authentic Pizzzica Tarantata, the healing trance dance from Puglia used as an exorcism to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, a mental disorder that afflicted mainly women, and which goes back to the ancient Greek rites of Dyonisus. Featuring Alessandra Belloni : voice , Southern Italian tambourines, frame drums, ocean drum, Bodhran, shakers, berimbao, harmonium.
Alessandra will also show the trailer of the film TARANTELLA TRANCE DANCE made by French American film maker Manex Ibar about her work as artist and healer. Shot in Southern Italy last summer and in New York during the production of Tarantella Spider Dance last January , very powerful and dedicated to the healing of women who have been abused, through trance dance and drumming.
The film tells the true story of young French Amaia, her abuse amd her healing experience with the Tarantella trance Dance and Alessandra’s workshops.
As this is part of Alessandra’s mission, she will also invite some of her students to play the tambourines with her and to tell their story of healing and transformation through this ancient tradition of drumming and dance from the Mediterranean. As the ancient priestesses of the Goddess, Alessandra has initiated many women around the world and is now inviting them to tell their story with her as she drums and sings.
SOLO CONCERT AT MOUNT SHASTA
Alessandra Belloni’s links to TV appearances:
Tambourine virtuoso/singer/dancer/actress Alessandra Belloni is renowned in her field and travels worldwide to perform group and solo concerts in theaters, universities, and international percussion festivals. Belloni began her career in her native Rome with the great actress Anna Magnani in "La Lupa," and with legendary film director Federico Fellini in "Casanova." She is Artistic Director/Leading Performer of I Giullari di Piazza, an ensemble of musicians/vocalists/dancers that specializes in authentic Southern Italian music and theater events, dating back to the 13th century. Belloni is a REMO artist and designer of her signature series of Italian tambourines; she is also author of the book & DVD "Rhythm is the Cure," published by Mel Bay. The only artist in the world who specializes in Southern Italian tambourines combined with singing and dance, Belloni was selected as one of the best percussionists in the world by DRUM! Magazine, and has been acclaimed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive
She has been invited to appear in percussion festivals in London, Brazil, Poland, France, Italy, Australia, Rome, and throughout the U.S.
April 22 - 23
Mon - Tues at 8pm
All Seats $20
Theater for the New City