Artistic Director & Paratheatre Training


Between 1970 and 1977, Antero performed and taught Mime Theatre. In 1977, he was inspired by the Paratheatre of Jerzy Grotowski which led him to use his early physical theatre and mime training to create his own paratheatre medium -- as documented in his book, "Towards an Archeology of the Soul" (Vertical Pool, 2003), in eight videos (1991-2018), and 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 2000 and 2015, Antero stopped staging theatre productions to write and direct a series of feature-length art films (including "The Greater Circulation", a critically acclaimed cinematic treatment of poet Rainer Maria Rilke's "Requiem for a Friend" and "The Invisible Forest", a tribute to French Surrealist, Antonin Artaud). During this 15-year filmmaking era, his group work in paratheatre went underground in private, non-performance oriented ritual labs. In 2015 Antero and his wife, performer/singer Sylvi Alli, moved to Portland Oregon to develop experimental theatre works in addition to recording and performing as "bird&wolf" (Sylvi, vocals & lyrics; Antero, guitar & video).

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". She has acted in many of her husband's films and performed in their paratheatrical productions. Her deep background in ParaTheatre (since 1996) has informed her unique "embodied voice" approach to singing through movement. She is the Music Director of ParaTheatrical ReSearch PDX.


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Vison Statement: Past, Present, Future

"Fallen Monsters"; (May 2018); click image for details

After twenty prolific years of Paratheatre Labs, Music and Film production in Berkeley California, we (Sylvi and Antero) relocated to Portland Oregon in October of 2015 to develop new works of experimental theatre. New to Portland and not knowing any other performers here, we presented a series of Paratheatre training Labs throughout 2016 in the hopes of finding others to work with. An evolving group developed to serve an intermedia ritual-based physical theatre.

Our debut Portland production, "A Turbulence of Muses" a symbolist ritual (poetry by Arthur Rimbaud) was workshopped over ten weeks in the Muses Lab and premiered December 2-4, 2016. In the "2-Faced Clowns Lab" (also 10 weeks), we explored personal and collective hypocrisy towards developing the extreme characters featured in "Bardoville" (poetry by Charles Bukowski) with vocal creations by Sylvi Alli and E.V.E. "Bardoville" premiered May 12-14 of 2017 to critical acclaim from Oregon ArtsWatch. Our Dec 1-3, 2017 production, "Soror Mystica: Ritual Invocation of the Anima" (poetry by Hilda Doolittle) was workshopped during the 10-week Alchemy Lab. With music improvised on site by Sylvi ("Soror Mystica" also received critical acclaim from Oregon ArtsWatch). Our next production, "Fallen Monsters" (poetry by William Blake), was workshopped over ten weeks in the Contract Lab before its May 11-13, 2018 premiere. Our upcoming performance ritual, "Escape from Chapel Perilous!" (poetry by Sylvia Plath) will be developed over 10 weeks in the Labyrinth Lab with premieres scheduled for November 29th, 30th, Dec. 1 & 2, 2018. All productions are staged at PerformanceWorks NW, PDX.

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and other videos of non-performance paratheatrical processes


"A Turbulence of Muses"; performance (December 2016); click image for details

Ritual Into Theatre. Each intermedia physical theatre work is preceded by a 10-week workshop (Lab) to discover the internal sources and ritual designs innate to our next production. In performance, we combine ritual dynamics, vocal incantations, improvised and composed music & songs, film, and poetry to explore the metaphysical dimensions of human experience. We don't do social or political or morality issues, nor do we perform conventional stage plays. We aim to incite visceral and spiritual resonances in the audience -- arousing the Poetic Imagination from its deep cultural slumber.

ParaTheatrical ReSearch PDX is not a company of fixed players. We're more like a kind of molting group that develops each new performance work with those best suited for the unique challenges of each production. Though a core group of individuals persists throughout each work, we remain open to inquiries from others across the performance spectrum - theatre, dance, voice, music, clown, martial arts, vaudeville - who find resonance with our vision. Those invited to join us are asked to undergo Paratheatre training to learn the fundamentals of our unique somatic language.

ParaTheatrical ReSearch PDX is a non-union, self-funded collective; we're low maintenance, we don't do grants or suckle the corporate teet. We are making it up as we go along.

- Antero Alli, Artistic Director
and Sylvi Alli, Music Director



"Bardoville" (performance May 2017); click image for details

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