The capstone film for “Ritual Creativity, Improvisation, and the Arts," a project sponsored by Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music. This film evokes, summarizes, and refers back to the tributary videos posted on this site.

This version contains titles identifying participants and events. Go here for a version without names and institutional affiliations.

Filmed in two Canadian cities (Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo), two American cities (New York and New Haven), and two European cities (Prague and Exeter), the film is based on 2 years of interviews, participant observation, and documentation. It touches on a large number of artistic and ritualistic genres, among them: music, storytelling, liturgy, demonstration, procession, and festival.

The film, more musical than either narrative or dramatic, is a braid of improvisational activity, ritual experiment, and oral reflection. The aim is to open up a visual and sonic space in which audience members themselves are lured into improvising their own ways of experiencing and thinking about the connection (or disconnection) among ritual, improvisation, and the arts.

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