Autumn 2018
The Labyrinth ~ Performance Lab
11 Sunday nights, Sept. 16th to Nov. 25th, 7:15pm to 10:15pm
plus Nov. 27 Tech & Nov. 28 Dress; 4 Performances. Nov 29 - Dec 2
* Reserved for those with previous Paratheatre experience and by invitation from director.


 


The Labyrinth Archetype and Chapel Perilous


The Labyrinth archetype represents a spiritual journey through the internal landscape -- its secret chambers and rooms, its spiral pathways and corridors, many leading to dead ends with few escapes from the complex weave of Psyche. This 11-week Labyrinth Lab will explore multiple internal sources through solo and group rituals of disorientation, repetition, worship, and escape. In addition to our ongoing practice of paratheatre methods, pantomime technique will also be introduced to create the illusion of opening and closing doors.

Our exploration of multiple sources (linked by imaginary doors) will serve as the foundation for developing the performance of "ESCAPE FROM CHAPEL PERILOUS!" (premiering Nov. 30, Dec. 1 & 2 plus Thursday Nov 29th Preview). The poetry of Sylvia Plath (from her "Crossing the Water" series) will be spoken as sermons delivered by the Chapel priest (Ed Welsh). The rest of the characters in "Chapel Perilous" are living ghosts - souls projected out of their living human bodies - performing repetitive rituals of various points of worship, or obsession, until their eventual escape and return to embodiment.

-- Antero Alli , Artistic director
-- Sylvi Alli, Musical director


PREREQUISITES, ORIENTATION GATHERING, LAB FEE, PARTICIPANTS


 



PREREQUISITES. This performance Lab is reserved for those with at least one previous Performance lab experience (10 weeks) and/or an invitation from the director. If you foresee missing more than two sessions, please do not inquire. If you want in on this, e-mail me with your interest: antero@paratheatrical.com

ORIENTATION GATHERING. Our first mandatory session, Sunday Sept 16th, starts at 8pm and ends at 10pm in the Studio (the remaining 10 Sunday nights start at 7:15pm). The purpose of this meeting is to get on the same page with where we're going and what we're doing. The terms "Labyrinth" and "Chapel Perilous" will be clarified and pantomime technique introduced. The source work starts the following Sunday night Sept. 23rd.

LAB FEE (for the entire process): $80. due Sunday Sept. 16th or 23rd (cash or PayPal to verticalsource@gmail.com). Payment plans available of $20 a week over four weeks; let me know if you need to do this. - Antero


PARTICIPANTS SO FAR
ANTERO ALLI, SYLVI ALLI, LINDSAY REICH,
MEMORIE EDEN, PATTON SMALL, MAPLE HOLMES,
ED WELSH, HELIA RASTI
, JOGEN SALZBERG






“Chapel Perilous is a metaphor for a dimension beyond the time/space continuum
where living souls are projected, catapulting out of Body, spinning repetitive rituals of
worship until returning to embodiment in human life.  The performance will explore a
sometimes harrowing, somewhat hilarious, ghost story of how our obsessions express
whatever we have made into gods or religions, whether we're aware of it or not.
Where escape is not guaranteed yet always beckoning, always a possibility.”

- Antero Alli, director/writer