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"CRUX is a unique documentary, a fascinating look into one of Antero Allis
paratheatrical research labs. In CRUX, we are given tantalizing glimpses into
the results this ritual exploration has on each participant: shots of insane,
uncontrollable laughter; screaming, wailing, and writhing; wild movement
and energy that seems to possess them at times."-- TRIP MAGAZINE
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C R U X -- what happened...
In the summer of 1999 in Berkeley California, under the direction of author/ritualist Antero Alli, seven individuals underwent a paratheatrical experiment to reveal the crux of what they were living for. Their story is narrated by Alli and the group through interviews and excerpts from their private ritual journals. What unfolds is a series of confessions and confrontations with what it means to be crucified to the cross of one’s own existence, to wake up to that reality and live with it. This video is not about Christianity or Jesus but a paratheatrical excavation of the universal crucifixion archetype. The ritual technology used in "CRUX" is documented in Antero Alli's book, "Towards an Archeology of the Soul" (Vertical Pool, 2003).
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by Anneli Rufus; September 9, 2009.
PRODUCTION CREDITS, AUDIENCE RESPONSES
Photographed, directed and edited by Antero Alli.
Written by Antero and the group. Produced by Vertical Pool
ANTERO ALLI, SYLVI PICKERING, KYRA AUERBACH, DIARMID BAILLIE,
LEA BENDER, MARIT ELVERLAND, JULIAN SIMEON and NICK WALKER.
Second camera, PARIS FOX. Music by SYLVI ALLI.
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"CRUX delves deeply into each participant's inner world, so strikingly
brought to the surface by the self-questioning nature of Alli's ritual technology.
We take a look at the personal history of the ritualists, their life conditions at
the time of the ritual, their personalities, their identifications. Alli's pointed
questions lead them to expose those essential qualities that define each
character, allowing the camera to record moments of intimate honesty."
LAPO on CRUX (click link for full review)
"CRUX carries the same weight that a view through the peephole
into the world of people working on themselves with random
abandonment and passion in the privacy of an asocially supportive
environment carries. Somewhere between Marat Sade and
enjoying a cool drink of fresh water -- screamingly objective
and deeply penetrating; in other words, I loved it!"
About the Filmmaker
"Non-Sectarian Crucifixion Archetypes"
Antero interviewed on the making of CRUX
ANTERO ALLI has been creating original performance works using paratheatre processes since 1977 and, producing experimental video documents and feature fiction films since 1993. His paratheatrical work is documented in his book, "Towards an Archeology of the Soul" (Vertical Pool, 2003) and in three videos: "CRUX", "Archaic Community" and "Orphans of Delirium". Alli's 2005 docufiction feature, "The Greater Circulation", incorporates a paratheatre performance in a critically acclaimed cinematic treatment of poet Rainer Maria Rilke's "Requiem for a Friend". His 2008 experimental feature, "The Invisible Forest" (2008; 111 min.) explores the radical ideas of French Surrealist, Antonin Artaud.
training, past productions, photos
completed works, clips, reviews
PARATHEATRE VIDEO DOCUMENTS ON DVD
"dreambody/earthbody" (2012) and "Orphans of Delirium" (2004)
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