Artistic Director & Paratheatre Training


In 1977 Antero was inspired by the Paratheatre of Jerzy Grotowski and used his early theatrical experience and training to develop his own paratheatre medium -- documented in his book, "Towards an Archeology of the Soul" (Vertical Pool, 2003), in four videos (1992-2012), and in academia by Nicoletta Isar, Professor at the Institute of Art History, Copenhagen University. Between 1975 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 2015, Antero moved to Portland OR with his wife, the singer/composer Sylvi Alli, to continue their paratheatre group work. His symbolist ritual, "A Turbulence of Muses" (text by Arthur Rimbaud) premiered in Portland on December, 2, 3 & 4, 2016. He is currently developing "Bardoville" his next paratheatrical production that premieres May 12-14, 2017.

Chronology of Paratheatre Development (1970 to Present)

Mime, Theatre, and Paratheatre (since 1972)

Vision Statement


Music Director & Voice Training


After extensive training in classical piano, Sylvi turned to painting and between 1976-93, her art was shown in galleries in the U.S. and Europe. In 1989, she began her journey into ambient/industrial electronic music and in 1995, she started singing. These elements soon combined in the development of soundtracks for dance, theatre and cinema projects. Sylvi has scored the songs and music for most of Antero's films & theatre since 1989. In 1996, she starred in "Lily in Limbo", a 27-minute poetry film. Her music CDs include "Too Near the Ghosts", "Dream of the Blue Moth", "Under a Shipwrecked Moon", "A Hundred Birds", "Vessel", "Flamingos" and "The Book of Jane". Her deep background experience in ParaTheatrical ReSearch (since 1996) has informed her unique "embodied voice" approach to singing and teaching others. Sylvi has acted in many of Antero's films and contributed her music to their soundtracks. She currently resides in Portland Oregon as Musical Director of ParaTheatrical ReSearch. Recently, she performed as "Rimbaud" in the paratheatrical production of "A Turbulence of Muses". Sylvi is musical director of E.V.E. (Experimental Vocal Ensemble).

E.V.E. (Experimental Vocal Ensemble)

ParaTheatrical ReSearch ~ a Molting Group
How This Collective Defines Itself

The Cast of "A Turbulence of Muses" (December 2016)

In October of 2015, after twenty productive years in Berkeley California, Sylvi and I relocated to Portland Oregon to rebuild ParaTheatrical ReSearch. We started by staging a series of Workshops (Labs) to train dancers, ritualists, actors, performers and non-performers alike in Paratheatre methods in the hopes of finding individuals committed to creating new works of experimental theatre (incorporating physical theatre, poetic text, music & song, video) -- directed by myself with musical direction by Sylvi. We approach what we do as a collective in an all-star, no-star egalitarian spirit. The big picture vision guiding everything we have done and will do: the insurrection, and visceral embodiment, of the Poetic Imagination.

Our first production, "A Turbulence of Muses" (text by Rimbaud), premiered December of 2016. Our next production "Bardoville" (text by Bukowski) with E.V.E. (Experimental Vocal Ensemble) premieres May 12-14, 2017. Rather than defining ourselves as a company of fixed players, we are more about developing new performance works with whomever might be best suited for the unique challenges and demands of each production. These conditions have turned ParaTheatrical ReSearch into a kind of molting group open to inquiries from performing artists across the genres: theatre, dance, music & song, ritual, clown, vaudeville, poetry. ParaTheatrical ReSearch is also a non-union, self-funded collective.

- Antero Alli,
Artistic Director

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