VIDEO DOCUMENTS
Directed & produced by Antero Alli
(1999-2018)


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 eight video documents present this paratheatrical work in 1) private, non-performance ritual Labs ("CRUX" in 1999; "dreambody/earthbody" in 2012) and 2) public performance rituals ("Orphans of Delirium" in 2004, "A Turbulence of Muses" in 2016, "Bardoville", "Soror Mystica" in 2017 and "Fallen Monsters" and "Escape from Chapel Perious" in 2018). - Antero



"Escape from Chapel Perilous"

(2018; 59 min.)


Click image for project details

"Escape from Chapel Perilous"  Poetry by Sylvia Plath

Chapel Perilous, a dimension beyond the time/space continuum where living souls leave their physical bodies, as in dreams, performing rituals of obsession until returning to human embodiment. Meanwhile, two wayward  monks wander into the Chapel to hear Father Timeless deliver his  sermons (the poems of Sylvia Plath) to the newly arrived congregation of lost souls (the audience). The intent, as with all our paratheatrical performances, was to incite spiritual and visceral resonances in the audience beyond comprehension of linear narrative. With live vocals by Sylvi Alli as "Mad Mary". I shot and edited the projected filmn sequences and improvised electric guitar on site. - Antero Alli

---> WATCH THIS VIDEO IN ITS ENTIRETY

NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD


 

"Fallen Monsters"
(2018; 64 min.)


Click image for project details

"Fallen Monsters"  Poetry by William Blake

Our musical director Sylvi Alli developed melodies for six poems from William Blake's "Songs of Innocence & Experience" . I edited a film collage of Blake's visionary paintings to project onscreen while Sylvi performs the six songs. In the performance, I portray “The Voice”, delivering a series of self-negating messages we've all heard from parents, teachers, schoolyard bullies, the workplace, the world. The monster masks in the final ritual were inspired by how the performers perceived Adult Monsters in our childhood. “FALLEN MONSTERS” celebrates the resiliency of the Creative Spirit, in Blake, in children and all committed artists, to survive trauma and any attempts to oppress the joy of creation. - Antero Alli

---> WATCH THIS VIDEO IN ITS ENTIRETY

VISION STATEMENT
how this performance came about

NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD


 

"Soror Mystica"
(2017; 44 min.)


Click image for project details

"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.

---> WATCH THIS VIDEO IN ITS ENTIRETY

VISION STATEMENT
how this performance came about

NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD



"Bardoville"
(2017; 42 min.)


Click image for project details

"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.

---> WATCH THIS VIDEO IN ITS ENTIRETY

VISION STATEMENT
how this performance came about

NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD


 

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


Click image for project details

"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 I scripted the initial ritual design, the production was further developed with the cast over ten Sunday nights until it came to fruition for the first time before a live audience on December 2, 3, & 4, 2016 at Performance Work NW, in Portland OR where this document was filmed. - Antero Alli

---> WATCH THIS VIDEO IN ITS ENTIRETY

VISION STATEMENT
Antero Alli on the process behind the performance

NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD


 

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


Click image for more project details

"Dreambody/Earthbody" Written by Antero Alli

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 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 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)

---> WATCH THIS VIDEO IN ITS ENTIRETY

ALSO AVAILABLE ON DVD:
If you'd like to own a dvd of this video document, send $20. (within the U.S.A)
or $30 (overseas) to: verticalsource@gmail.com Please include the dvd title and
your return address. Postage included for all orders. For NON-PAYPAL payment
inquire at verticalsource@gmail.com

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.)


Click image for more project details

"Orphans of Delirium"  Written by Antero Alli. Poetry by Samuel Coleridge

Over four months, I trained eleven individuals in paratheatre methods towards developing initiatic rtuals that were performed before a stunned San Francisco audience in May of 2004. The performances also incorporated segments from Coleridge's hallucinatory prose "Kubla Khan" with additional story elements about a drunken actor reminiscing on lost loves and beliefs about God. Also featured in this video are candid discussions between myself and two of the performers one night over several bottles of Merlot. Music during the performances was performed live on site by Sylvi Alli. - Antero 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)

---> WATCH THIS VIDEO IN ITS ENTIRETY

WATCH AN EXCERPT (9 minutes)

ALSO AVAILABLE ON DVD:
If you'd like to own a dvd of this video document, send $20. (within the U.S.A)
or $30 (overseas) to: verticalsource@gmail.com Please include the dvd title and
your return address. Postage included for all orders. For NON-PAYPAL payment
inquire at verticalsource@gmail.com

THE DIRECTOR AND TWO PERFORMERS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE


 

"CRUX"
(1999; 80 min.)


Click image for more project details

"CRUX"  Written by Antero Alli and the participants.

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. I narrated my perceptions of their stories and included excerpts from their ritual journals that they narrated themselves. 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 exploration of the universal crucifixion archetype. - Antero Alli

"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)

---> WATCH THIS VIDEO IN ITS ENTIRETY

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

NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD

 

ANTERO ALLI, paratheatre bio
PARATHEATRE Links


 


Click above for paratheatre bio

PARATHEATRE-RELATED ARTICLES

ANTERO INTERVIEWED ON PARATHEATRE

STATE OF EMERGENCE (PARATHEATRE MANIFESTO)

PARATHEATRE F.A.Q.

 

VERTICAL POOL SITE MAP