Antero and Sylvi have been in artistic collaboration since 1989 when they first met in Seattle WA. In 1996, they relocated to Berkeley CA where they established Vertical Pool Productions for their solo and joint projects while collaborating with others. In 2015, after nineteen prolific years of film and music production, they relocated to Portland OR to develop and stage a series of experimental theatre works, while initiating their new musical project, bird&wolf. In 2020, they returned to cinema with their feature art film, "The Vanishing Field" and a year later with "The Alchemy of Sulphur" (2021; 109 min.). They are currently in preproduction for their next feature, "Circuit 9" (late 2022).
After extensive training in classical piano, Sylvi turned to painting and between 1976-93, her art was shown in galleries in the U.S. and Europe. In 1989, she began her journey into ambient/industrial electronic music and in 1995, she started singing. These elements led to the development of soundtracks for many dance, theatre and cinema projects. Sylvi has composed and recorded the soundtracks for most of Antero's films and theatre works. In 1996, she designed and published "The Vertical Oracle" (a neo-Tarot deck) and starred in "Lily in Limbo", a 27-minute poetry film she created with Antero. Her music CDs include "Too Near the Ghosts", "Dream of the Blue Moth", "Under a Shipwrecked Moon", "A Hundred Birds", "Vessel", "Flamingos" and "The Book of Jane". Sylvi's extensive experience with the group ritual dynamics of ParaTheatrical ReSearch (since 1998) informs her embodied voice methods as a singer. She has acted in many of Antero's films and is currently recording and performing their original songs as bird&wolf, as well as her own music and songs.
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Between 1975 and 2018, Antero wrote and/or directed numerous experimental theatre works. In 1977, he began developing a paratheatrical medium inspired by Polish theatre director Jerzy Grotowski combining methods of physical theatre, dance, voice, and standing meditation (documented in his books,"Towards an Archeology of the Soul" in 2003 and "State of Emergence" in 2020 and in videos). In 1980, Antero wrote songs and performed (guitar) in his neo-punk band, The Frozen Beauties. Between 1991-95, he was editor/publisher of Talking Raven Quarterly, a Seattle-based iconoclastic literary journal. Between 1992 and 2002, Antero curated the Nomad VideoFilm Festival, a popular west coast touring showcase of experimental short films and videos. Since 1993, Alli has been writing and directing numerous feature art films that have garnered critical praise with screenings along the west coast arthouse circuit. Antero is also a book author and an astrologer.
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