Since 1977 I have been developing a paratheatre medium inspired by the late Polish visionary of theatre, Jerzy Grotowski, integrating methods of physical theatre, dance, Zazen meditation, and vocalization to access and express the internal landscape. Seven individuals trained in paratheatre methods perform a ritual choreography with movements recalled from their nocturnal dreams. The purpose of this ritual experiment was to experience firsthand the overlays between daytime and dreamtime realities by engaging movements originating in our dreams and enacting them while fully awake. The video also features the group demonstrating a series of paratheatre methods. Also included are participant interviews, dramatic re-enactments of my own dreams, and a lush musical score by my wife/collaborator, the singer Sylvi Alli, who also appears as "Naiad, a dreamtime entity". - Antero Alli
Featuring Antero Alli, Sylvi Alli, Robin Coomer, Jeffrey Fisher, Steve Mobia, Lori Salomon, Marianne Shine, Julian Simeon, Nick Walker, and Alaska Yamada. Edited by Chris Odell & Antero Alli. Music by Sylvi Alli. Videography by Antero Alli. Produced by ParaTheatrical ReSearch. Written and directed by Antero Alli.
THE MOVIE & THE REVIEW
Watch the entire movie "dreambody/earthbody" - (78 minutes)
"It is remarkable how using movements remembered from dreams
seems to unleash powerful memories and feelings from the unconscious.
The participants use movement and vocalizing to experience these
unleashed forces and one can easily see that they are surrendering
to a deep and authentic kind of inner revelation, quite different
from what one normally sees actors doing in a theater."
- David Finkelstein, filmthreat.com (4 stars out of 5)
STEVE MOBIA as "REDMAN" in "dreambody/earthbody"
"dreambody/earthbody": Interview with Antero Alli
by Isabel Fondevila for A.T.A. (January 14, 2013)
The Paratheatrical Dreaming Ritual
The inner & outer workings explained
Interview with Guboo Ted Thomas
Antero interviews an Aboriginie elder on the dreamtime
Links to World Dreaming Cultures
Dreaming ritual traditions around the world
Antero Alli - Ritualist/Filmmaker/author
In 1977 Antero was inspired by the Paratheatre of Jerzy Grotowski and with his his early theatrical experience and training, he created his own paratheatre medium -- as documented in his book, "Towards an Archeology of the Soul" (Vertical Pool, 2003), in four videos (1992-2012), and in 2008 by Nicoletta Isar, Professor at the Institute of Art History, Copenhagen University. Between 1971 and 2005, Antero wrote, directed, and performed in numerous experimental theatre productions. Between 2005 and 2015, Antero stopped creating theatre to write and direct 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) featuring the radical ideas of French Surrealist, Antonin Artaud. In Autumn 2015, Antero moved to Portland OR with his wife, the singer Sylvi Alli to continue their paratheatre work and to develop performance works of experimental theatre.
Antero Alli - Paratheatre Bio