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Manager: Audrey Ross Audreyrosspub@aol.com
• Director of Italian theatre Group I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.
• Author of the book/DVD RHYTHM IS THE CURE –Mel Bay Publications
• A REMO Signature Series Artist with her own line of I... See Full Bio
Celebrate the ancient night of the Tarantula! This fiery "percussive journey" through the South of Italy, and crossing over to Brazil, will explore through songs, dance and rhythm, magic rituals, tarantellas used as music therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula, healing chants and ritual drumming in honor of the Black Madonna, and the trance dance know as PIZZICA TARANTA or the Spider Dance. 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.” Alessandra Belloni's original compositions honor Yemanja and Oxun, Goddesses of Love and Waters, Xango, of the Afro-Brazilian Yoruba tradition. Guest speakers will present the myth of the spider, and the ecstatic Dionysus. DJ set by DJ Cloüd to follow the performances.
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