Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna – Alessandra Belloni (book launch / ritual)

June 14, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
£15 in advance, £20 on the door
Alessandra Belloni
Alessandra Belloni’s Book Launch and Concert with healing chants, ritual drumming and trance dance ceremonies in honour of the Black Madonna

About this Event

On behalf of The Glastonbury Gnostic Centre & Chapel, Annabel Du Boulay is honoured to invite you to join Alessandra Belloni as she opens a portal into the sacred sites of the mysterious Black Madonna in Italy and around the world through the launch of her new Book and Concert.

Alessandra Belloni is the Artistic Director, Founder and Lead Performer of I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA Italian Music, Theatre and Dance Ensemble, and Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York City.

She is the designer of a line of signature series Italian tambourines made by Remo, was voted one of the best female percussionists in the world by DRUM Magazine and won the Best World Percussion CD of the Year.

An internationally renowned and award winning tambourine virtuoso, singer, dancer and actress, Alessandra Belloni was born in Rome, Italy and is committed to preserving the strong and rich traditions of her culture.

In this performance, Alessandra Belloni (lead vocal, mezzo-soprano, southern Italian percussion) and guest Lydia Lyte(percussion) will bring you healing chants, ritual drumming & trance dance ceremonies in honour of the Black Madonna from southern Italy, France, Spain and Brazil.

Alessandra Belloni will speak about her Book which is based on 35 years of academic research and fieldwork. The book is a musical-spiritual guide highlighting one woman’s mystical journey of empowerment and transformation, and revealing the mysterious Black Madonna as a Christian tradition with origins in pre-Christian devotion to the Earth Goddess and the African Mother. It comprises 12 chapters and each one ends with the description of the ritual prayers, lyrics and notations of the chants.

Her Concert will feature music from the accompanying CD – an enchanting journey of discovery of the seven Black Madonnas, following the ancient Neapolitan legend, known as the “Seven Sisters” in Southern Italy. This trip into traditional legends, miracles and history, transports audiences to a time and place where an unbroken and ancient tradition continues today with processions, drumming rituals, chanting and sensual dancing in honour of the Black Madonna.

The traditional music includes the ancient chant to the Madonna of Montevergine (Avellino) from the region of Campania, the Black Madonna known as Mamma Schiavona, the Serving Mother, who is considered the most important of the seven sisters. She continues to be venerated on a high sacred mountain, which 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 the Black Madonna. It also features new original compositions by Alessandra Belloni dedicated to the Earth Goddess, the Yoruba African Orishas, Ochun, Yemanja, the Black Madonna of the Gypsies from France and the Mary Magdalene.


  • Doors Open: 7.30pm
  • Performance Starts: 8pm
  • There will be a cash bar in the interval
  • Performance Ends: 10pm
  • Tickets: £15 Advance or £20 On the Door
  • Due to the venue capacity and popularity of this artist, Advance Purchase is Highly Recommended
  • Tickets cannot be cancelled, exchanged or refunded after purchase


Alessandra will also be holding a ‘Rhythm is the Cure’ Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop on Saturday 15 June 1-5pm at the Small Town Hall, Glastonbury – there are only 10 tickets left. Please email Annabel Du Boulay via her website https://annabelduboulay.com to book your ticket.

“My intention is to bring to life the authentic rituals in the South of Italy and show how the Black Madonna is still alive today. The music will make the audience travel to remote areas where she has been worshipped for thousands of years with ritual drumming, haunting chants and sensual trance dances with deep African roots. As a healer and musician, I have dedicated my life to bringing the power of this spiritual rhythm to women around the world.
The Black Madonna represents the Earth Mother as a living being. Like the earth’s womb, women’s wombs have often been broken. I strongly believe that in this time of turmoil and paradigm shifts, there is a great need for a compelling CD and Book with a strong message about the Black Madonna. We live in a dangerous time where both women and men need to connect to the true knowledge and healing aspect of the Divine Feminine.”

Alessandra Belloni – Artistic Director & Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, NYC






“Alessandra Belloni and ‘Tarantata: Dance of the Ancient Spider’ is a revelation, utterly fascinating.” Don Hackman, The Los Angeles Times

“Italian-born virtuoso Alessandra Belloni is established as a unique phenomenon, not just a percussionist, but also an actress, lecturer, entertainer, and healer.” Drum Magazine

“Alesssandra Belloni sang in an exultant voice. The songs blazed with an age-old momentum.” Jon Pareles, The New York Times

Alessandra will be holding a ‘Rhythm is the Cure’ Healing Dance and Percussion Workshop on Saturday 15 June from 1-5pm at the Small Town Hall, Glastonbury.

  • ONLY 10 tickets left
  • £75 Advance or £95 On the Door
  • Open to women and men

Please email Annabel Du Boulay via her website https://annabelduboulay.com to book your ticket.

Alessandra Belloni is author of the Book/DVD ‘Rhythm is the Cure’ and the Book/CD ‘Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna’.

Her CDs ‘Tarantelle & Canti D’amore’ and ‘Tarantata: The Dance of Ancient Spider’ were nominated as best CDs of the year by Jon Parales from the New York Times and Dan Hackman from the Los Angeles Times.

For the past 16 years, Alessandra has held an annual healing dance & drumming workshop ‘Rhythm is the Cure’ in Tuscany, Italy.

TV: Alessandra is featured on Cuny TV for the Italian Heritage Month segment with her workshop ‘Rhythm is the Cure’; ABC TV live in Chicago; the National Geographic documentary ‘Spider Sex’; ‘World Beat’ on CNN; Globo Brazilian TV; Rai Uno Mattina; the Russian TV Travel Channel; The Dancing Planet; PBS documentary ‘LA FESTA’ with The Voyage of the Black Madonna

AWARDS: AIAE (Italian American Educators Association) for her outstanding work in Performing Arts, Certificate of Appreciation by the City of Los Angeles, Italian American Woman of the Year, Citation of Honor by the Sons of Italy in America, Lifetime Achievement by the Italian Oral Institute in Los Angeles, recipient of the New York State Council of the Arts Master Folk Artist Grant 2016

TOURS: As a soloist, and with her ensemble from New York, she tours the US and abroad, performing and teaching workshops in various festivals and halls including: Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Carnegie Hall, St John the Divine, Riverside Theatre, Joe’s Pub, Juilliard, Caramoor, Red Cat & Getty Center in Los Angeles, Patagonia, Buenos Aires, Korea Percussion Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Chicago World Music Festival, Royal Festival Hall (London), Montreal Music Festival, Los Angeles Sacred Music Festival, Cultural Center in Tel Aviv, Conservatory of Venice, Teatro Argentina in Rome, Perc Pan in Bahia, Brazil and festivals in Australia, Egypt, France, Germany and Poland


OPERAS: She is the Company’s co-director & writer of the Folk Operas: ‘Spider Dance: The Dance of the Ancient Spider’ (premiered at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center); ‘Stabat Mater: Donna de Paradiso’ (Cathedral of St John the Divine); ‘The Voyage of the Black Madonna 1492-1992: Earth, Sun and Moon’ (Lincoln Center outdoors); ‘La Cantata dei Pastori’ (Caramoor, St John the Divine, Smithsonian and others); ‘La Lupa’ (St Mark’s Church, Yale, and others); ‘The Adventures of Don Giovanni & His Servant Pulcinella’ (Carnegie Hall and others)

ACTING: Alessandra has studied acting at H.B. Studios, voice with Professor Michael Warren, and mime and Commedia dell’Arte with Dario Fo (winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Literature) at New York University. She began her acting career in theatre and film as a teenager in Italy with Anna Magnani in ‘La Lupa’ and Federico Fellini in ‘Casanova’, and in New York in ‘Next Stop the Greenwich Village’ by Paul Mazursky.