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Author:  Audrey Ross [ Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Alessandra Belloni and I Giullari di Piazza

Percussionist/singer Alessandra Belloni, joined by I Giullari di Piazza, her performance troupe of dancers, singers, and musicians,will present TARANTATA - SPIDER DANCE, an ancient healing tradition with Tarantella trance dances and healing chants for the Black Madonna. In Italy, the ritual is traditionally celebrated in a church in Apuila (in the heel of Italy's "boot") every June 29th, and here Belloni and troupe enact the ceremony on the same day at St. John the Divine, where they are a company-in-residence. The performance re-enacts the healing journey of a tarantata as she is taken by Dionysus to the Shaman, who exorcises her with a pizzica tarantata, a wild erotic trance dance, viewed by the townspeople. It's an amazing journey that includes the procession of the Black Madonna, an icon known in Southern Italy and Brazil that symbolizes womanhood and provides miraculous release. The presentation has been meticulously researched by Belloni, a native of Rome, and is performed with authentic costumes and instrumentation. Friday June 29th at 8 PM. Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th St.) Tickets: $30. Reservations: 866.811.4111 or http://www.stjohndivine.org

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