Alessandra Belloni: Tarantata – Spider Dance

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018
8 PM – 9:30 PM

Join Artist in Residence Alessandra Belloni along with guest artists Joe Deninzon and Mark Mindek for an evening of dance, chanting and drumming in homage to the Black Madonna and Saints Peter and Paul.

The performance reenacts ancient Italian folk rituals, traditionally celebrated on the Feast of St. Paul in the small church of San Paolo di Galatina in the Apulia region, used to heal victims of spiritual and psychological maladies caused by the mythical bite of the tarantula. Filtered through Belloni and her ensemble I Guillari Di Piazza’s artistic imagination, these ancient rituals, rooted in Christian and shamanic symbolism, come alive in ecstatic dance and cathartic, participatory euphoria.

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