A Special Workshop in honor of Black Madonna – Sunday March 8th, 3-6 PM

February 8, 2015 Brendan Merritt ArtEventEventsMythology

Black_MadonnaExperience the healing power of tarantella rhythms and dance with internationally renowned singer, percussionist, and teacher, Alessandra Belloni, featuring Southern Italian ritual chants, dances used as music and dance therapy for centuries throughout the Mediterranean.

 Participants will learn the unique style of tambourine playing and the ancient healing trance dance of the tarantella, used to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula. The workshop focuses on releasing blockages of energies, breaking the imaginary “spider web” of the subconscious.

Students shall begin each session with drumming followed by an hour and half  of dance. Students will learn the variations of the basic 6/8 rhythm of the Tarantella that originated as music and dance therapy to cure the mythical bite of the tarantula.

$60.00 if you register in advance, $65.00 at the door!

Email programs@symbolicstudies.org to register

Alessandra will also teach chants and songs of devotion to the Black Madonna and to the Sun (Jesce Sole).

During these series of workshops, the participants will learn:


* The basic technique of holding the drum, with emphasis on arm movement, wrist and elbow technique,
and a basic accented fast 6/8 rhythm used for different style tarantellas, which involve different variations of hand technique including finger trills on the tambourine skin.


* Tammorriata a 4/4 rhythm played on the large drum called the Tammorra, originally from Naples with a strong African influence in the rhythm.

The Tammorriata is an improvisation of drumming and singing, and it is danced during the rituals held in the summer in honor of the Black Madonna .

 THE FOLK DANCE of the tammorriata:

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.

For information, or to register email your name and contact information to programs@symbolicstudies.org or leave a message at 845-658-8540

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