"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 (4 stars)
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(2004; 84 min., digital video, B/W & color)
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Inspired by the early work of the late Polish theatre director, Jerzy Grotowski, in 1977 Antero Alli initiated a paratheatre medium combining techniques of physical theatre, abstract dance and Zazen meditation. Over the next twenty-seven years, Alli works in almost exclusive privacy with dancers, singers and performers. In 2003, his paratheatre workbook "TOWARDS AN ARCHEOLOGY OF THE SOUL" is published and in 2004, he produces "ORPHANS OF DELIRIUM", a video document of eleven performers applying his methods before a live audience in San Francisco. In this video, Antero also discusses the "Delirium" experiment with two of its performers, Nick Walker and Paradox Pollack, as they grapple with their often overwhelming experiences.
Desmonde Daisy and Justin Palermo
Nick Walker (left) and Paradox Pollack (right)
PARADOX POLLACK, NICK WALKER, ANTERO ALLI,
BRIAN LIVINGSTON, JULIAN SIMEON, ALASKA YAMADA,
SERENE ZLOOF, JUSTIN PALERMO, JAKOB BOKULICH,
DESMONDE DAISY, GABRIEL DIETZ, and ADAM PALERMO.
by Steve Mobia, Sean Christopher and Antero Alli.
Music & soundscape by Sylvi Alli. Edited by Chris Odell and Antero Alli.
Directed by Antero Alli. Produced by Vertical Pool & ParaTheatrical ReSearch.
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THE LIVE PERFORMANCE
story, program notes, more pix
RITUAL JOURNAL ENTRIES
observations from the pre-performance lab
PRODUCTION NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR
AND TWO PERFORMERS
Antero Alli, Jakob Bokulich and Nick Walker on their experiences
Antero Alli has been producing original paratheatre and theatre works since 1975 and, experimental video documentaries and feature fiction films since 1993. His paratheatrical research is documented in his book, "Towards an Archeology of the Soul" (Vertical Pool, 2003) and in four experimental documentary videos: "Archaic Community" (1991), "CRUX" (1999), "Orphans of Delirium" (2004), and "The Dreaming Ritual" (2012). Alli's own experiences with actually doing paratheatre himself has inspired the seed visions and themes for many of his feature fiction films. Antero conducts group paratheatre labs in Berkeley California where he currently resides.
background, works produced, pix
by Antero Alli
completed works, clips, vision statement, reviews