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'LA CANTATA DEI PASTORI' (The Shepherd's Cantata) Based on the Traditional Southern Italian Play Written by Andrea Perrucci in the 17th century and still performed annually in the environs of Naples.
The musical version has been adapted and directed by Alessandra Belloni and enacted by masked commedia dell'arte characters, puppets, devils, and the Archangel Gabriel on stilts. Music afrranged by John La Barbera and directed by Susan EBerenz. Narrated in English by La BEfana - Good Witch of Christmas - played by Max Mc Guire – featuring the Neapolitan Singer Actor Giuseppe de Falco in the role of Pulcinella & Alessandra Belloni in the role of Mary
Friday December 16, , at – special Winter Solstice performances at 8:00 PM
Alex Ross, The New York Times
The music, directed by John La Barbera, is folkish, aiming for vitality above precision and often achieving both. The adaptation, by the troupe's director, Alessandra Belloni, is geared for action rather than quiet piety; in a climactic battle, Miss Belloni as Maria beat a large drum and sang out while the Angel Gabriel took on the dragon. Giuseppe de Falco as Razzullo (and Vincenzo Corrao as the birdlike Sarchiapone) shared slapstick duties.
Giuseppe De Falco - Neapolitan singer/actor as the commedia dell'arte character Razzullo
and special children's participation as shepherds and angels.
Join La Befana, the Good Witch of Christmas, Mary and Joseph, the Archangel Gabriel, Devils, Demons, and the commedia dell'arte characters who enact this beloved story of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, and the triumph of good over evil.
The music - tarantellas, villanellas and pastorales - comes from traditional sources, with original music by John La Barbera and directed by Susan Eberenz . Adaptation and stage direction are by Alessandra Belloni. Songs are sung in Italian and old Neapolitan dialect; costuming and music instrumentation is traditional Southern Italian; narration is in English. The play ends with a singing by the Company of the oldest known Neapolitan Christmas song.
I GIULLARI HAS MASTERD THE IMPROVISAITONAL COMMEDIA DELL;ARTE STYLE, and this production is rich with “lazzi” and funny improvised skits among the actors led by Pulcinella, combined with grotesque masks, outrageous props and effects.
As the boat and tempest scene , the mocking funeral of Pulcinella and sward fights among the devil and the Archangel on stilts .
"La Cantata dei Pastori" is still performed annual during the Christmas season in the environs of Naples. Written by Andrea Perrucci during the height of commedia dell'arte popularity in Italy, it combines commedia characteristics with those of the Italian medieval sacra rappresentazione. These elements are fused in settings which borrow from a third genre, the Italian pastoral drama.
La Cantata dei Pastori Befana / Marenaresca / Tempest
Excerpt from La Cantata dei Pastori Befana / Marenaresca / Tempest by Alessandra Belloni.
Performed Live on , Theater For The New City, NYC
La Cantata dei Pastori Cuncti Simus
La Cantata dei Pastori Cuncti Simus by Alessandra Belloni. Performed Live on December 12, 2016, Theater For The New City, NYC
La Cantata dei Pastori Mattacino
La Cantata dei Pastori Mattacino by Alessandra Belloni. Performed Live on December 12, 2016, Theater For The New City, NYC
La Cantata dei Pastori Quanno Nascette Ninno
La Cantata dei Pastori Quanno Nascette Ninno by Alessandra Belloni. Performed Live on , Theater For The New City, NYC
La Cantata dei Pastori Nativity Scene
La Cantata dei Pastori Nativity Scene by Alessandra Belloni. Performed Live on December 12, 2016, Theater For The New City, NYC
Alessandra Belloni - Remo Artist &
Artistic Director, founder I GIULLARI DI PIAZZA
Artist in residence at Cathedral of St John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave. NY NY 10025
tel 646 322-4637
December 16 & 17
December 21 and 22
Theater for the New City