Ritual Dance (based upon music written for Ken Russell's film "Altered States") begins with a shower of winds and percussion, simulating the fireworks that begin this hallucination. This momentum leads to a savage dance (in the film, the Hinchi Indians’ mushroom rite). The full-orchestral forces are augmented here by two sets of four timpani each and also by an expanded percussion section. The work ends in a burst of cumulative energy.
– John Corigliano