Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I was really inspired by the Kathakali lecture, and I think it would be pretty cool to incorporate ideas from Kathakali (mainly the awesome dancing!) into our ritual.
  • As we were considering dancing to be incorporated into our ritual, what if the people dancing in our society were doing a dance to commemorate the beginning of spring/ beginning of days with more light? Or they could be reancting (through interpretive dance!) the act of making seed bombs? The dancers could be telling a story, and we could have a sopaanam if we wish who could narrate the story for us.
  • Also, in terms of our entire ritual, we're having a dance (with bells?) as well as a seed-bomb making plant party, correct? To add more meaning to our ritual, why don't we subdivide each part of our ritual into certain age groups?
    • For instance, the dancers who are acting out our ritual can be younger women in our society, while the people are making the seed-bombs are primarily older women. We can thus allude while women of all ages can participate in this ritual, different parts of our ritual are designated for different ages, and when you mature, you're allowed to take on a different role in the ritual (in this case, move from a dancer acting out the ritual and I suppose playing the bells to a seed-bomb maker making seeds for harvest.) Also, since we want to make this ritual a inclusive/participatory ritual, we can grab people from the audience to dance with us and say that because these people are new to our society that they must first start off as a dancer.
Just a few thoughts to help us explain our ritual better, :D.

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