Featuring ceremonial dances from Italy and Brazil, based on Alessandra Belloni's book Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna.

Review: THE CRUCIBLE at Eisenhower Theater

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine presents ALESSANDRA BELLONI with I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA (Artists in Residence) in a special concert SACRED DRUMMING & CHANTS FOR SEVEN BLACK MADONNAS featuring ceremonial dances from Italy and Brazil, based on Alessandra Belloni's book Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna.

Alessandra Belloni, John La Barbera, and a superb cast of musicians, vocalists, and dancers who specialize in ancient Southern Italian musical arts, will appear in a concert of "Sacred Drumming & Chants for Seven Black Madonnas," including ceremonial dances from Italy and Brazil, May 11, 7:30PM, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where I Giullari di Piazza has been in residence since 1991. The Company is happy to return to perform at the renowned Cathedral, their first appearance there since 2019.

The concert is based on Alessandra Belloni's book Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna, featuring a forward by bestselling author Matthew Fox, and published by Inner Traditions - Bear & Company.

The artists of I Giullari will open a portal into the sacred sites of the mysterious Black Madonna in Italy and around the world in this enchanting journey of discovery of seven Black Madonnas. Following the ancient Neapolitan legend, known in Southern Italy as the "Seven Sisters," the trip delves into traditional legends, miracles, and history, transporting audiences, through sacred healing chants, ritual drumming, and trance dances, to a time and place where an unbroken and ancient tradition continues today.

The traditional music includes the ancient chant to the Madonna of Montevergine (Avellino) from the region of Campania. She is the Black Madonna known as Mamma Schiavona, the Serving Mother, and is considered the most important of the seven sisters. Initially, in the region of Campania, the legend says that the seven Madonnas were all sisters. The last one was believed to be the ugliest, which made her run away to the high mountain called Mount Partenio. The pilgrims searched hard to look for her and, when they did find her, they saw that she was the most beautiful of all. Mamma Schiavona continues to be venerated on a high sacred mountain where pilgrims still climb barefoot while chanting and drumming in her honor. The drumming is known as Tammorriata, a sensual dance which dates back to the rites of the Mother Earth Goddess Cybele, now worshipped as Black Madonna.

The music content also includes original compositions dedicated to the Earth Goddess, the Yorba African Orishas, Ochun, Yemenja, the Black Madonna of the Gypsies from France and Mary Magdalen, all composed by Belloni.

Thursday May 11, 7:30 PM

Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (112th Street)

Tickets: $35

Reservations: Click Here


Free JOFFREY FOR ALL Celebration At Pritzker Pavilion Features Fan-favorite Performances From Past Productions

The Joffrey Ballet has announced the programming for the first-of-its-kind Joffrey for All Celebration, which will feature performances by Joffrey Company Artists, the Joffrey Academy of Dance, and students from the Joffrey Community Engagement programs.

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre To Host Workshop Series At Peridance

Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre announces their Workshop Series at Peridance from June 26-30, 2023. The workshop will be held Monday-Friday from 4-5:30 p.m. Individual classes are $24 per class; the full week rate is $100.

The Long Journey Home

Standing in a rehearsal room aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, haloed by the sun setting behind an American flag flapping in the wind off the Hudson River, Román Baca gives his performers their mission: They must complete their choreography for a special Memorial Day weekend performance that’s just five days away. 

Review: FJK DANCE: Raising the Arab Voice in Contemporary Dance at New York Live Arts

What did our critic think of FJK DANCE: RAISING THE ARAB VOICE IN CONTEMPORARY DANCE at New York Live Arts? For their ninth season, FJK Dance presents three company signature works by Artistic Director Fadi J. Khoury, each rich with contemporary and visual arts, reflective narratives, and an overarching motif of peace building.