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History & Politics, Music, Theater & Dance

Healing Music from Southern Italy [Day 3 of 3]

The Black Madonna & the Taranta with I Giullari di Piazza

October 15, 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

Day 3 of 3:

Experience the healing power of the authentic pizzica tarantata!

Introduction by Alessandra Belloni and John La Barbera:
Tarantella in pre-christian times
the Myth of Aracne
True origins of the tarantella

Myths of the great Mother, Demeter, and the Elusian mysteries
Dionysus, the Bacchantes and the relation of the ecstatic rites of the Bacchantes
with the ancient healing ritual of the tarantella

Chant Jesce Sole

Francesca Silvano teaches the steps of the Pizzicarella

Ritual dances


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