Devised, Writer, Director
Riccio has directed a serious, richly textured piece of stagecraft that incorporates haunting visual and aural effects and finely realized ensemble movement into an engrossing theatrical ritual. His work evokes a sense of magic and myth that goes beyond the usual standards of “theatricality” back to the origin of performance as an expression of awe and wonder.
The Chicago Reader
I find myself increasingly applauding artists whose work succeeds in creating a vibrant experience that isn’t easy to categorize, those responsible for creating art which happens in between a specific medium or practice. I also gravitate towards an artist who is capable of creating a self-contained world, a feat not to be undervalued.
That being said, I have a great admiration for the work of Thomas Riccio, a cross-disciplinary artist who, recently, has become more well-known for his work in the world of performance and theater, although he is equally at home in the gallery. His avant-garde acting troupe the Dead White Zombies have been expanding Dallas’ experience with theater since he launched the project several years ago, and KaRaoKe MoTeL, his latest creation, is no different.
Writer/Director, Dead White Zombies
We are bombarded by so much information, much of it external, superficial and lacking a depth of consideration. Our lives increasingly sped up, mediated and structured, and ordered by technology, determining who and what we are." he says. "Holy Bone is about being human again, about considering that we are on a journey every day. We are now cosmic hunter-gatherers that must be alert, nimble, mobile, and when necessary, subversive.
Riccio likes theater, he teaches it, but he says that's not really what Dead White Zombies are up to.
"Theater, along with ritual, performance art, installation, meditation, media, sound and drama therapy, are all languages we apply," he says.
"We live in a mobile and transitory world, the form of theater – people sitting in the dark watching the illuminated mind – is a bit of a relic.”
from an interview