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History & Politics, Music, Theater & Dance

Healing Music from Southern Italy [Day 1 of 3]

The Black Madonna & the Taranta with I Giullari di Piazza

October 8, 2021
6:00 pm

3-Day Workshop / Lecture series on Zoom
In order to participate, RSVP and you will receive an e-mail with invitation links
to the 3 workshops by October 8

If you don’t receive the e-mail by then, contact us at


I Giullari di Piazza

Alessandra Belloni
Singer, percussionist, teacher
Author of Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna

John La Barbera, composer, guitarist
Joe Deninzon, violin, vocals
Francesca Silvano, dancer

And guest speakers

Day 1 of 3:

Myths and legends of Southern Italy
Ancient sacred sites of the Black Madonna
Alessandra Belloni’s personal healing journey and research

Guest speaker Armando Mei on the Egyptian myth of Isis in Southern Italy
Isis was an important goddess of the ancient Egyptian pantheon and the symbol of protection.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, her rites and mysteries were assimilated into Christianity and Isis, consciously,
was turned into the Black Madonna to preserve her ancestral mysteries and powers.

Chants in honor of the Madonna di Montevergine and the Madonna della Libera
with Alessandra Belloni and John La Barbera

Traditional sacred dances in honor of the Black Madonna (Tammurriata)
with Alessandra Belloni and Francesca Silvano


Participants in the dance workshops should be barefoot, or wear comfortable shoes,
and if possible everyone should wear white and red clothes, also use red ribbons.
The sessions are held in a way that gives students the feeling of being part of the ritual