"The Sacred Ritual"
Keywords: ceremony, ritual, healing, myth, collective identity
We focus on contemporary performing art practices linked to ceremonies, shamanic rites, spiritual beliefs, healing, the life cycle, political power, social cohesion, and personal identity. We explore how rituals embody and activate myths through dramatic and choreographic transformative devices, and how contemporary artists appropriate and traverse traditional boundaries between performance art, ancient rites, shamanic action, transcendental experiences, and myths. We expand the range and breadth of the understanding of ritual, transcendence and immanence of the sacred, experience group creativity and feel the power of collective action.
during the classes, activities will involve
Performance, dance, acting, puppet theater, narrating and composing through structured-improvisation and movement; discussions, screenings and readings from texts by writers, theorists, artists; movement research ; developing scores for solo and group choreographies; creative writing in different form (poetry, manifest, comics, diary...) making exercises and creative tasks in different medium (drawing, paining, collage, video, photo, installation art, multimedia art...), searching through storytelling, personal narratives, historical material, archives and divers audiovisual resources.
final public showing
Following the last class, participants will present their works in the frame of a series of outdoor totally free of charge public space showings (performances, exhibitions, ceremonies, rituals...).