Artistic Director & Paratheatre Training


In 1977 Antero was inspired by the Paratheatre of Jerzy Grotowski and used his early theatrical experience and training to develop his own paratheatre medium -- documented in his book, "Towards an Archeology of the Soul" (Vertical Pool, 2003), in four videos (1992-2012), and in academia by Nicoletta Isar, Professor at the Institute of Art History, Copenhagen University. Between 1975 and 2005, Antero wrote, directed, and performed in numerous experimental theatre productions. Between 2005 and 2015, Antero stopped creating theatre to write and direct a series of feature-length art films including "The Greater Circulation" (2005; 93 min) a critically acclaimed cinematic treatment of poet Rainer Maria Rilke's "Requiem for a Friend" and "The Invisible Forest" (2008; 111 min) a tribute to French Surrealist, Antonin Artaud. In 2015, Antero reloated from Berkeley CA to Portland OR with his wife, the singer/composer Sylvi Alli, to continue their paratheatre work. His symbolist ritual, "A Turbulence of Muses" (text by Arthur Rimbaud) premiered in Portland on December, 2-4, 2016. His intermedia performance ritual "Bardoville" premiered May 12-14, 2017 also in Portland.

Chronology of Paratheatre Development (1970 to Present)

Mime, Theatre, and Paratheatre (since 1972)

Vision Statement


Music Director & Voice Training


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 soon combined in the development of soundtracks for dance, theatre and cinema projects. Sylvi has scored the songs and music for most of Antero's films & theatre since 1989. In 1996, she starred in "Lily in Limbo", a 27-minute poetry film. 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". Her deep background experience in ParaTheatrical ReSearch (since 1996) has informed her unique "embodied voice" approach to singing and teaching others. Sylvi has acted in many of Antero's films and contributed her music to their soundtracks. Sylvi performed as "Rimbaud" in the 2016 ParaTheatrical ReSearch production of "A Turbulence of Muses". Sylvi is musical director of E.V.E. (Experimental Vocal Ensemble), which was featured in the May 2017 ParaTheatrical ReSearch production of "Bardoville".

E.V.E. (Experimental Vocal Ensemble)

ParaTheatrical ReSearch
How This Collective Defines Itself

The Cast of "A Turbulence of Muses" (December 2016)

After twenty productive years in Berkeley California, Sylvi and I relocated to Portland Oregon in October of 2015 to reinvent ParaTheatrical ReSearch as a performance vehicle. We started by staging a series of Workshops (Labs) to train dancers, ritualists, actors, performers and non-performers alike in Paratheatre methods in hopes of finding resonant individuals to help develop and perform new works of experimental theatre (incorporating ritual, poetic text, music & song, video) directed by myself with musical direction by Sylvi. The big picture vision guiding eveything we have done and will do: the insurrection, and visceral embodiment, of the Poetic Imagination.

These early efforts were met with success. Our first Portland production, "A Turbulence of Muses" a symbolist ritual (text by Arthur Rimbaud), premiered December 2-4 of 2016 at Performance Works NW. The Spring 2017 Paratheatre Lab, "2-Faced Clowns", explored personal and collective hypocrisy as a resource for the development of characters to appear in "Bardoville" (text by Charles Bukowski; vocal creations by Sylvi and her new experimental vocal ensemble, E.V.E.) an intermedia performance ritual that premiered May 12, 13, 14 of 2017, at PerformanceWorks NW. Our next production, "Soror Mystica": Ritual Invocation of the Anima (text by HD) premieres Dec 1, 2 & 3, 2017 (in collaboration with Sylvi Alli and E.V.E.) .

Rather than defining ourselves as a company of fixed players, we are more about developing new performance works with whomever might be best suited for the unique challenges and demands of each production. These conditions have turned ParaTheatrical ReSearch into a kind of molting group open to inquiries from performing artists across the spectrum of theatre, dance, music & song, ritual, clown, vaudeville, poetry. ParaTheatrical ReSearch is a non-union, self-funded collective.

- Antero Alli,
Artistic Director

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