Publications

Huan Nuoyuan: Exorcism and Transformation in Miao Ritual Drama. Summer 2019

Huan Nuoyuan: Exorcism and Transformation in Miao Ritual Drama. Summer 2019

 

Books

Performing Africa is a collection of essays on contemporary African performance. From 1992 to 2002, Thomas Riccio worked with several groups in South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, West Africa, and Kenya – the Zulu and the !Xuu Bushmen of the Kalahari among them. Performing Africa combines a rare, in-the-field perspective with a keen insight into Africa’s transformative and tumultuous confluence of tradition, urbanization, politics, history, and the AIDS crisis. The evolution of tradition and the emergence of dynamic new forms of expression are a matter of practical necessity and survival. An interdisciplinary approach and accessible language make Performing Africa a unique resource for those teaching or interested in the fields of cultural anthropology, sociology, drama therapy, theatre, performance, and African studies.

Performing Africa is a collection of essays on contemporary African performance. From 1992 to 2002, Thomas Riccio worked with several groups in South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, West Africa, and Kenya – the Zulu and the !Xuu Bushmen of the Kalahari among them. Performing Africa combines a rare, in-the-field perspective with a keen insight into Africa’s transformative and tumultuous confluence of tradition, urbanization, politics, history, and the AIDS crisis. The evolution of tradition and the emergence of dynamic new forms of expression are a matter of practical necessity and survival. An interdisciplinary approach and accessible language make Performing Africa a unique resource for those teaching or interested in the fields of cultural anthropology, sociology, drama therapy, theatre, performance, and African studies.

Articles and Chapters

Africa, Agency and the Anthropocene. 2018

Africa, Agency and the Anthropocene. 2018

He asks them to search in themselves, their experiences and memories and asks them to tell him about them. The appropriate revelations are then used where necessary being worked into the structure of the play ... Judging by what we were shown it is not very difficult to make him an equal with a master.
— The Echo, Republic of Sakha, Siberia
 
The author through the mechanism of drama has cleverly built a bridge between differing worldviews and has done it well. This kind of bridging is magical sometimes mystical. We get a glimpse of the cognitive map that exists in the minds of the Yup’ik and Inupiat. Each of these groups has their own form of verbal art expressed through various mediums, a form of holistic drama expressed through storytelling, dancing, drumming and singing. This book demonstrates the kind of respect that indigenous people recognize and appreciate. This attitude of self-expression negates the usual practice of the west to recreate the indigenous groups into their own image.  George Charles Kanaqlak  Native Elder and Professor of Alaska Native Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks

The author through the mechanism of drama has cleverly built a bridge between differing worldviews and has done it well. This kind of bridging is magical sometimes mystical. We get a glimpse of the cognitive map that exists in the minds of the Yup’ik and Inupiat. Each of these groups has their own form of verbal art expressed through various mediums, a form of holistic drama expressed through storytelling, dancing, drumming and singing. This book demonstrates the kind of respect that indigenous people recognize and appreciate. This attitude of self-expression negates the usual practice of the west to recreate the indigenous groups into their own image.

George Charles Kanaqlak

Native Elder and Professor of Alaska Native Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks

 

“The Anthropocene has incited apprehension, instability, and reevaluation. It has affected every aspect of human endeavor: the social, cultural, economic, political, and personal. It has re-drawn boundaries and definitions of ethnicity, nationality, race, gender, religious belief, time, space, fiction and reality. We are acutely aware of the biological-technological-geological co-evolution that is swirling around us. We pay closer, better attention to the interdependence of human and nonhuman landscapes and beings, aware and attuned to multi-species entanglements and complexity that pulsates around us. We are awake and anxious to the fragility of our moment which sits on a precipice poised to slip into a cascade of unimaginable ruination. ”

— from Africa, Agency and the Antropocene

Narrative of Place  Chapter, TCG Press

Narrative of Place

Chapter, TCG Press

Dead White Zombies, Dallas TX

Dead White Zombies, Dallas TX

Shadows in the Sun: Context, Process and Performance in Ethiopia

Shadows in the Sun: Context, Process and Performance in Ethiopia

Rhythm Reality  Chapter, Jagiellonian Univ. Press

Rhythm Reality

Chapter, Jagiellonian Univ. Press

Kenyan Community Health Awareness Puppets

Kenyan Community Health Awareness Puppets

Performance of Body, Space, Place: Creating Indigenous Performance  Chapter, Springer Press

Performance of Body, Space, Place: Creating Indigenous Performance

Chapter, Springer Press

Politics, Slapstick and Zulus on Tour

Politics, Slapstick and Zulus on Tour

People Come Out of Here: Making a New Story with the !Xuu and Khwe Bushmen

People Come Out of Here: Making a New Story with the !Xuu and Khwe Bushmen

In Zambia Performing the Spirits

In Zambia Performing the Spirits

Tanzanian Theatre: From Marx to the Marketplace

Tanzanian Theatre: From Marx to the Marketplace

Reimagining of Yup'ik and Inupiat Performance  Western States Theatre Review

Reimagining of Yup'ik and Inupiat Performance

Western States Theatre Review

Message From The Eagle Mother

Message From The Eagle Mother

Emandulo: Process and Performance in a Changing South Africa  Theatre Research International

Emandulo: Process and Performance in a Changing South Africa

Theatre Research International

Robot Ritual as Oracle and Fetish

Robot Ritual as Oracle and Fetish

Collective (re) Creation  Chapter, Palgrave Press

Collective (re) Creation

Chapter, Palgrave Press

Ethiopia and its Double

Ethiopia and its Double

Today We Sing: Healing Rituals of the !Xuu and Khwe Bushmen

Today We Sing: Healing Rituals of the !Xuu and Khwe Bushmen

Orange Oranges, a play

Orange Oranges, a play

Traditional Alaskan Eskimo Theatre: Performing the Spirits of the Earth  Theatre Topics

Traditional Alaskan Eskimo Theatre: Performing the Spirits of the Earth

Theatre Topics

Follow the Grey Giants

Follow the Grey Giants