San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th
Special Concert on Friday the 13th with Alessandra and guest dancers
Danielle Hartman & Lindsay Poulis ($20 at the door)** see below...
Experience the power of transformation through
Shamanic Ritual and Tarantella Spider Dance
Within a journey to the realm of the ancestors, where we come from and where we are heading toward, we dance to the rich rhythms of the Tammorriata and Pizzica Tarantata--traditional Southern Italian music and dance therapy used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.
Through ancient chants, we invoke the healing energy of Fire (the Sun & Ancestors), the Goddess of Water and Love (the Moon and Aphrodite), and the Earth Goddess (the Black Madonna).
Engaging deep-rooted wisdom, we dance and chant to heal mental imbalance, to release stress, and to break up sexual blockage.
The TAMMORRIATA - This is 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. This powerful dance is done during the rituals held in the summer 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 originally 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.
Friday night concert info:
**A one woman show - featuring voice, percussion and ritual dance. 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.
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
For more information on the organizers, visit
http://alessandrabelloni.com/ or http://villageoftheheart.com/
What is the workshop schedule?
Participants should plan on attending the full schedule, both Saturday and Sunday.
10.00am - 10.30am: Arrival & Registration
10.30am - 1.00pm: Setting our intention. Learning the ancient chants and ritual dance movements. Instructions for creating a ritual space and shrines.
1.00pm - 2.00pm: Lunch
2.00pm - 5.00pm: Create Ritual space and container
5.00pm - 6.00pm: Journey Work: Journey to the realm of the Ancestors and the healing energy of the Water Goddess, while chanting to the Fire Shrine, Water Shrine, Earth Womb and the Black Madonna, and dance to the Black Madonna
6.00pm - 8.00pm: HEALING TARANTELLA RITUAL, with rhythm, chanting, and dance: Tammorriata and Pizzica Tarantata.
8.00pm - 9.00pm: Homecoming Journey: Journey a final time to the realm of the Ancestors, and the healing energy of the Water Goddess.
9.00pm: Dinner Feast
9.00am - 10.00am: Breakfast
10.00am - 11.00am: Closing of Ritual Space
11.00am - 12.00am: Closing Circle
Where is the venue?
In the Catskill Mountains, 2-1/4 hours from the George Washington Bridge. The Old Glenford Church is just off Route 28, 10 minutes west of Kingston, NY, at 210 Old Route 28, Glenford, NY 12433
What if I want to stay overnight?
No overnight accommodations are offered, but participants traveling a long distance may email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about possible places to stay.
What about meals, catering, and special diets?
Three delicious vegetarian meals, prepared by resident chef Mor Pipman, will be served. For other dietary needs, let us know ASAP (September 9 at the latest) by email.
What should I bring to the event?
1) Many candles
2) Photos of your ancestors, covered with glass or plastic
3) Three fabrics in shades of red, yellow, and blue.
4) Appropriate weather-related clothing for brief outdoor activities
5) Water bottle
6) Beer, wine, and spirits to share
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking is available onsite. If you plan to come by bus, email us well in advance, and we will arrange one pickup in Woodstock, ten minutes away. For bus information from NYC, see http://www.trailwaysny.com/html/english/fares_pdf/woodsnyc.pdf
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email Glenn at email@example.com.
Is my registration/ticket transferable?
What is the refund policy?
For cancellations on or before September 9, money will be refunded, minus a $25 fee. For cancellations after September 9, 50% of the fee paid will be refunded.
When & Where
Alessandra Belloni & Glenn Leisching
Alessandra Belloni is the Artistic Director, Founder and Lead Performer of "I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA", an Italian Music, Theatre and Dance Ensemble who are Artists-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St.John the Divine in New York City. She is the only woman in the U.S. and in Italy who specializes in traditional Southern Italian healing folk dances and percussion that she learned directly from the rural people.
A tambourine virtuoso, singer, dancer and actress, Belloni was born in Rome, Italy and is committed to preserving the rich traditions of her culture. She has performed extensively with master drummer Glen Velez and was invited by Nana Vasconcelos and Gilberto Gil to perform in PERC PAN '98 in Bahia, Brazil. Alessandra was also selected as one of three runners-up (along with Babatunde Olatunji and Mickey Hart) to Arthur Hull in DRUM! magazine's "New Age/Worldbeat Percussionist" category in their 1998 awards. She was featured in Modern Drummer magazine and has written articles for Percussive Notes.
Glenn Leisching has completed intensive training in West African spiritual practices and is an initiated Elder in the Shamanic Arts of the Dagara tribe. Following this indigenous tradition, he is charged with the responsibility of working to bring healing and the restoration of harmony in community.
Leisching is a native of South Africa, where he worked for democracy and reconciliation during the peaceful political transition that ushered in the presidency of Nelson Mandela.
He is a long-term Zen practitioner and studied under the late Zen Master John Daido Loori Roshi of Tremper Mountain, New York. Glenn has been a student of mysticism, metaphysics, and mythology for over 20 years.