"Orphans of Delirium"


Directed by Antero Alli (incorporating Coleridge's Kubla Khan)

~ THE PERFORMERS ~
PARADOX POLLACK, SERENE ZLOOF, ALASKA YAMADA,
BRIAN LIVINGSTON, NICK WALKER, JULIAN SIMEON,
DESMONDE DAISY, GABRIEL, ADAM PALERMO,
JUSTIN PALERMO and JAKOB BOKULICH.
Live music & soundscape by
Sylvi Alli


Brian Livingston as the Actor

click this to watch a video clip of the performance

Haunted by the deaths of his friends and loved ones, an actor drifts through
the reveries of an absinthe binge that erupts in a bevy of strange ritualistic
dreams from which he periodically awakens and lapses back into.

 

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left to right: Brian Livingston, Paradox Pollack, Gabriel, Nick Walker

Every day we talked, we walked around. Talking. But mostly, he listened.
Down that path around the church but never inside the church. Never inside
but always around the church, way in back, in the garden. In the garden he told
me things I always deep down wanted to believe but. Things like... angels dancing
on the head of a pin. Angels descending and ascending, angels rising and falling all
around us. All the time, melting into the ground. I didn’t want to believe him.
He said, it doesn’t matter what I believe because it’s all true anyway.
You said God doesn’t need belief. God creates belief.

 


Program Notes
by Antero Alli; w. more pix

THREE PERFORMANCES IN 2004
Sunday March 21, CELLspace, San Francisco
Sat. & Sun. March 13/14, WILDCAT STUDIOS, Berkeley
Running time: approx. 70-80 minutes per performance

 


How This Performance Developed

 


Antero Alli, director

Each paratheatrical lab pivots around a different theme that, in part,
determines the nature of the group outcome. The lab theme defining this
Orphans of Delirium project was “initiatic experience”. We explored ritual
forms for triggering states of consciousness unknown to us where we had
no previous references or maps and had to find our way intuitively.”

Antero Alli -- BIO

Director's Ritual Journal
From the "Initiations" Lab that led to this "Orphans" project

 


The DVD

 


(2004; 84 min., digital video; B&W, color)

"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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