Fall 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions

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

Description of Course:

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 Texts:

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

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

• 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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