Going to a Dead White Zombies show is always an adventure.
Dallas Morning News
Experimental Site-Specific Meta Theatre Performance Installation Media Dallas TX Since 2011
Thomas Riccio, Poo Pah Doo
Shelby Allison-Hibbs, Doo Bah Doo
Founders: Lori McCarty, Brad Hennigan, & Thomas Riccio
We are malcontent theatre, performance, visual, sound, and installation artists, ironic & fun loving agent provocateurs in an age of intellectual and cultural leveling, conformity, franchise, and mass marketing to the lowest and most banal common denominator.
We simply do things the way we want to do it, where, and how, because we don’t know what else to do. Our emphasis is on new, experimental, site-specific and collectively created performance work that defies categories and conventions.
We are Dead because we are White, pale reflections of what was once. We are Zombies because we are still walking around, empty, searching for meaning, thinking we are still alive.
As shot-caller for the Dallas -based arts group Dead White Zombies, Riccio puts the pedagogy of mythology and anthropology right on the line of Dallas culture, blending the politics, pastimes and social structures of the city with the cosmology of classical paganism (Homer, Virgil, Ovid) and a variety of shamanistic traditions, both ancient and contemporary.
It’s all about the form now. It’s about content still, but it’s really digging deeper beyond content, because in a sense we’re filled up with content. Everything is repeating itself; it’s like a recursive loop now. Everything is being appropriated or post-modernism is a kind of symptom of that. It’s no longer about that surface noise of things swirling around, repeating recursively. Now it’s about questioning, interrogating and transforming the form. Which is much more difficult and much more deeply rooted and much more contentious for people because it’s so branded on us.
interview excerpt Brett Cowell with Thomas Riccio