Fall 2011 - Graduate Course Description
Riccio, Thomas
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6394 Section: 501
R Time: 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title:
Ritual Performance


This course will apply a variety of exercises and follow a methodology developed by the instructor for the creation of ritual performance expression. The course will proceed in three phases 1) Body, 2) Space, and 3) Place.

Each phase will introduce a foundational element in the progression of developing and comprehending ritual performance.

Each phase will explore through exercises, improvisations, and performance studies three themes: balance, circles, and rhythm.

At the core of this course’s methodology is the objective of locating and articulating a human body in relation to space.

The objective of such articulated action is to situate the body relationally in a space and by so doing create a place—the system or patterns of layered spaces, a ritual.

The course will include mask work and performance creation exercises and studies.


Required Text
The Myth of the Eternal Return, by Mircea Eliade
The Spell of the Sensuous, by David Abram
Animism, by Graham Harvey
NOTE: additional articles and performance texts will be available via eLearning and will be assigned throughout the course


• Completion of assignments prior to class
• Successful Completion of 5 Performance Exercises
• Development & maintenance of a Performance workbook
• Final Performance Presentation
• Class participation & attendance

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