Watermill resident artist Thomas Riccio will present an open rehearsal for 12 Shouts to the Remaining Ten Heavens, a performance immersion project. 12 Shouts to the Remaining Ten Heavens will consist of twelve, one-day performances that will be presented over a period of three years at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York beginning in March 2016.
Thomas Riccio, performance and media artist, writer and director, is Professor of Performance and Aesthetics at the University of Texas at Dallas. Previous positions include: Professor of Theater, University of Alaska; Artistic Director, Chicago’s Organic Theater company; Resident Director, Cleveland Play House; Assistant Literary Director, American Repertory Theater; Visiting Professor, University of Der es Salaam, University of Pondicherry (India), University of Nairobi, and the Korean National University for the Arts; and Artistic Director, Tuma Theater, an Alaska Native performance group. He has directed at American regional theaters, including, LaMama ETC, The New York Theater Workshop, and the National Theater of Italy.
Riccio works extensively in the areas of indigenous performance, ritual, and shamanism, developing performances and/or fieldwork in South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Russia, Alaska, Korea, India, Nepal, China, Vietnam, and the Republic of Sakha (Siberia), which declared him a “Cultural Hero.” He devised/directed a performance in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2009) and will work with the Miao, an ethnic minority group in China (2015). Riccio has conducted workshops and given lectures throughout the world and has received numerous grants for his projects. Academic writings have appeared in TDR, TheatreForum, Theatre Topics, Theatre Research International, and PAJ. In 2007, Peter Lang published his book Performing Africa: Remixing Tradition, Theatre and Culture. He is the recipient of the International Distinction Prize in Playwriting from the Alexander Onassis Foundation and was a Narrative Engineer for Hanson Robotics. His photographs, videos, and installations have been exhibited in a variety of galleries. He is the Artistic Director of Dead White Zombies, a Dallas-based, post-disciplinary performance group, most recently creating/writing/directing performance immersions, kaRaoKe MoTeL (2014) and DP92 (2015.) www.thomasriccio.com & www.deadwhitezombies.com
Image Credits: Riccio by Alisa Eykilis; courtesy of the artist
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