Orphans of Delirium
Alaska Yamada and Paradox Pollack
upon a time in the village of Delirium six orphans
in search of their true origins. As the village slept, the orphans found their way
to the dark wood surrounding Delirium where a mysterious cloud of unknowing
enveloped them all in a formless cloak of dreaming.
was something I wrote two months ago containing the
seed ideas for this performance event. The group ritual
work presented here rarely occurs before an audience;
their effects are meant to act on participants only.
To bridge the ritual to theatre gap, four rituals
were framed by a dramatic narrative device involving
three stories of loss told by an actor on an absinthe
binge. In addition, S.T. Coleridges 1798 poem, Kubla
Khan, was randomly meshed into
the rituals and in other isolated, more intentional
Stereotypes of ritual -- pomp, rote actions, formality -- were left behind early on in our experiments and replaced with a more fluid, metamorphic approach. We are after something alive. With the exception of the repetitive motions in the second ritual (which were recalled from the participants actual dreams) none of the rituals are staged or improvised. Something else is happening here.
These paratheatrical rituals unfold in their own cycles through sometimes gentle, sometimes violent eruptions, nudging and jolting participants to gesture, action, sound, interaction. These eruptions emanate from the bodys own responses to the charging, or triggering, of energy sources innate to itself, sources we are working to serve, embody and surrender to before your very eyes. The results are unpredictable and run the physical/emotional gauntlet. We dont know whats going to happen next. Just when we think nothing is happening, nothing might actually be happening and then: boom shriek sigh, another eruption...
Our intent is not to entertain or educate but to fascinate, to fasten attention to an ever-changing terrain of the human condition. Our aim is to perform these rituals with enough commitment to incite our most visceral and spiritual resonances and the faith that some of this may reach you, if not in ways immediately understandable then intuited through the space connecting us all.
10 March 2004
Adam and Justin Palermo.
(foreground) Brian Livingston
note to the curious.
a very high alcohol compound distilled with wormwood
(now illegal in most countries). During the 18th and
19th centuries, absinthe was all the rage with poets
and artists for its vision- inducing stupors. Absinthe
was never literally used by us beyond its theatrical
value as a catalyst to the three stories and we certainly
would never condone its use to anyone.
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