VIDEO DOCUMENTS
Directed by Antero Alli


Since 1977, I have been developing a paratheatre medum combining methods of physical theatre, dance, Zazen meditation, and voice/song to access and express the internal landscape. The following six video documents present this paratheatrical work in 1) 2 private, non-performance ritual Labs ("CRUX" in 1999; "dreambody/earthbody" in 2012) and 2) in four public performance rituals ("Orphans of Delirium" in 2004, "A Turbulence of Muses" in 2016, "Bardoville" and "Soror Mystica" in 2017). - Antero


 

"Soror Mystica"
(2017; 44 min.)


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"Soror Mystica"  Poetry by HD (Hilda Doolittle)
"SOROR MYSTICA follows the transmutation of the alchemist through the (inter)action of the four elements—each endowed with their own agency, each enacting their own rituals, not subservient to the alchemist but welcoming him into their temple—and the masked shadow man who dwells at the threshold and drives the querent’s transfiguration. All this further fractures the frame, because we see these people both as actors enacting a rite and as the incorporeal substances and energies which they are embodying. The miraculous thing about all of this is the performers are openly working for their own benefit." - Matthew Andrews, Oregon Artswatch.

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"Bardoville"
(2017; 42 min.)


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"Bardoville"  Poetry by Charles Bukowski
"With ritual design/theatrical direction by Antero Alli, Bardoville displays elements of classical tragedy/drama such as confrontation/conflict/resolution. The flow from scene to scene retained a narrative integrity around which each character acts and reacts like jazz soloists departing and returning to a melodic structure and interactive core. Sylvi Alli crafted the musical and aural accompaniment with her highly flexible and colorfully timbred chorus (E.V.E.) to accentuate Bukowski’s poetic peculiarities." - from the review by Mitch Ritter, Oregon ArtsWatch.

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"A Turbulence of Muses"
(2016; 39 min.)

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"A Turbulence of Muses"  Poetry by Arthur Rimbaud
A symbolist ritual for eight performers, each representing a different aspect of one entity -- the poet Arthur Rimbaud -- undergoing a systematic disorganization of all the senses towards the creation of poetry. After Antero scripted the ritual design, A TURBULENCE OF MUSES was further developed with the cast over ten Sunday nights until the production came to fruition for the first time before a live audience on December 2, 3, & 4 at Performance Work NW, in Portland OR where this document was filmed.

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Antero Alli on the process behind the performance


 

"dreambody/earthbody"
(2012; 80 min.)

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"Dreambody/Earthbody"  Seven individuals apply paratheatre methods in a ritual choreography created from movements recalled from their nocturnal dreams. This process bypasses dream analysis in favor of tapping the personal and collective Unconscious as a wellspring of creative force unleashed in patterns of motion, form, presence, and sound. The video also features the group demonstrating a series of paratheatre methods alongside participant interviews, dramatic re-enactments of my own dreams, and a lush musical score by my wife/collaborator, Sylvi Alli, who also appears as "Naiad, a dreamtime entity". - Antero Alli

"Alli’s technique involves using the body as a resource, and his work follows from the premise that deep knowledge of human culture and history can also be found by listening deeply to our muscles, bones, and by fully inhabiting our physical selves. It is remarkable how using movements remembered from dreams seems to unleash powerful memories and feelings from the unconscious." - David Finkelstein (from from his 4-star review for filmthreat.com)

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PARATHEATRICAL DREAMING RITUAL
Source material for this documentary

"DREAMBODY/EARTHBODY": Interview with Antero Alli
by Isabel Fondevila for A.T.A. (January 14, 2013)


 

"Orphans of Delirium"
(2004; 84 min.)

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"Orphans of Delirium"  Eleven individuals trained in paratheatre develop rituals of initiation with the director and perform the results before a stunned San Francisco audience. This performance incorporates segments from Coleridge's hallucinatory prose "Kubla Khan" with additional story elements about an drunken actor reminiscing on lost loves and beliefs about God. Also featured in this video are candid discussions between the director and two of the "Orphans" performers one night over several bottles of Merlot. Music by Sylvi Alli.

"The actors in these rituals look like a cross between a person, an elementary force such as a river or a storm, and a wild animal. Watching the rituals is a little like looking through a window at a particularly dramatic and captivating bit of weather. It doesn’t look like a “play,” but it is absolutely mesmerizing to watch these elemental forces gathering themselves and affecting each other." -- David Finkelstein, filmthreat.com (four stars)

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THE DIRECTOR AND TWO PERFORMERS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES


 

"CRUX"
(1999; 80 min.)

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"CRUX"  In the summer of 1999 in Berkeley California seven individuals underwent a paratheatrical experiment to expose and embody the crux of what they were living for. Their story is narrated by Alli and the group through interviews and excerpts from their private ritual journals. What unfolds is a series of confessions and confrontations with what it means to be crucified to the cross of one’s own existence, to wake up to that reality and live with it. This video is not about Christianity or Jesus but an excavation of the universal crucifixion archetype.

""CRUX is a unique documentary, a fascinating look into one of Antero Alli’s paratheatrical research labs. In CRUX, we are given tantalizing glimpses into the results this ritual exploration has on each participant: shots of insane, uncontrollable laughter; screaming, wailing, and writhing; wild movement  and energy that seems to possess them at times." - Scotto Moore, TRIP Magazine)

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"CRUX OF THE MATTER"
Antero interviewed on the Making of CRUX

 

 

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