Paradox Pollack as THE GUT of The Actor
"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 these rituals is a little like looking through a window at a
dramatic and captivating bit of weather... absolutely mesmerizing
to watch these elemental forces gathering themselves and affecting
each other." -- DAVID FINKELSTEIN, filmthreat.com (4 stars)
Brian Livingston as THE ACTOR on the absinthe binge
Haunted by the deaths of his friends and loved ones, an actor drifts
through reveries of an absinthe binge that erupts in a bevy of strange
ritualistic dreams from which he periodically awakens to the spirits
of his Mind, Heart and Gut reacting in spasmodic revolt.
Brian Livingston with Paradox Pollack (Gut), Alaska Yamada (Heart), Serene Zloof (Head)
This event emerged from a 4-month paratheatre workshop exploring
the creation of initiatic rituals for triggering extreme states of
spiritual intoxication. Who needs drugs when you can get
high on your own supply?! - Antero Alli, writer/director
Paradox Pollack as The Gut of the Actor. Nick Walker as the Magus
"ORPHANS OF DELIRIUM" (2004; 84 min. USA) Inspired by the paratheatrical work of Jerzy Grotowski, in 1977 Antero Alli proceeded to develop an original paratheatre medium combining methods of physical theatre, abstract dance, vocalization, and Zazen -- to access and express the internal landscape. In 2004, Alli trained eleven individuals in his paratheatre methods to create initiatic rituals which they performed before a stunned San Francisco audience. The video document produced for this event cuts back and forth between the performance and candid interactions between Alli and two of the performers -- Nick Walker and Paradox Pollack -- discussing their experiences.
WATCH THE VIDEO!
CREDITS, PROGRAM NOTES, JOURNAL ENTRIES
PARADOX POLLACK, NICK WALKER, ANTERO ALLI,
BRIAN LIVINGSTON, JULIAN SIMEON, ALASKA YAMADA,
SERENE ZLOOF, JUSTIN PALERMO, JAKOB BOKULICH,
DESMONDE DAISY, GABRIEL DIETZ, and ADAM PALERMO.
by Steve Mobia, Sean Christopher and Antero Alli.
Music & soundscape by Sylvi Alli. Edited by Chris Odell and Antero Alli.
Produced by Vertical Pool & ParaTheatrical ReSearch. Directed by Antero Alli.
THE LIVE PERFORMANCE
story, program notes, more pix
RITUAL JOURNAL ENTRIES
observations from the pre-performance lab
PRODUCTION NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR
Antero Alli, Jakob Bokulich and Nick Walker on their experiences
ANTERO ALLI has written, directed, and performed in numerous experimental theatre productions between 1975 and 2005. His paratheatre work is documented in his book, "Towards an Archeology of the Soul" (Vertical Pool, 2003), in four videos, and in academia by Nicoletta Isar, Professor at the Institute of Art History, Copenhagen University. Alli's personal paratheatre experience inspired the creation of a series of feature-length art films including "The Greater Circulation" (2005; 93 min) a critically acclaimed cinematic treatment of poet Rainer Maria Rilke's "Requiem for a Friend", and "The Invisible Forest" (2008; 111 min) a docufiction exploring the radical ideas of French Surrealist playwright, Antonin Artaud. Antero conducts paratheatre labs in Portland Oregon where he now resides.
background, works produced, pix
by Antero Alli
completed works, clips, vision statement, reviews