ANTERO ALLI, SYLVI ALLI, & THE GROUP
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 as documented in his book, "Towards an Archeology of the Soul" (Vertical Pool, 2003), in videos (1992-2017), 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 2000 and 2015, Antero wrote and directed 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 tribute to French Surrealist, Antonin Artaud. In 2015, he and his wife, the singer Sylvi Alli, relocated to Portland OR where they are collaborating on intermedia experimental theatre productions.
Chronology of Paratheatre Development (1970 to Present)
Mime, Theatre, and Paratheatre (since 1972)
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. Sylvi recently performed as "Rimbaud" in the December 2016 ParaTheatrical ReSearch production of "A Turbulence of Muses". She is musical director of E.V.E., an all-female experimental vocal ensemble.
E.V.E. (Experimental Vocal Ensemble)
SYLVI on "EMBODIED VOICE" work
ParaTheatrical ReSearch PDX
A RITUAL-BASED INTERMEDIA THEATRE
After twenty years of ongoing Paratheatre Labs, Music and Film production in Berkeley California, Sylvi and I relocated to Portland Oregon in October of 2015 to develop new works of experimental theatre. New to Portland and not knowing any other performers here, we chose to present a series of Paratheatre training Labs throughout 2016 with the hopes of finding others to work with. A core group of five or six eventually magnetized around a ritual-based intermedia vision of experimental theatre.
Our debut Portland production, "A Turbulence of Muses" a symbolist ritual (text by Arthur Rimbaud) was workshopped over ten weeks in the Muses Lab and premiered December 2-4 2016 at Performance Works NW. In the "2-Faced Clowns Lab" (also 10 weeks), we explored personal and collective hypocrisy as a basis for developing the extreme characters featured in "Bardoville"; text by Charles Bukowski with vocal creations by Sylvi and E.V.E. ("Bardoville" premiered May 12-14 of 2017 to critical acclaim from Oregon ArtsWatch). Our next production, "Soror Mystica: Ritual Invocation of the Anima", will be workshopped during the 10-week Alchemy Lab with premieres scheduled for Dec 1-3, 2017 (in collaboration with Sylvi Alli and E.V.E with text by the poet Hilda Doolittle aka HD) at PerformanceWorks NW. The following production is planned for May 2018.
Ritual Into Theatre. Each production is preceded by a 10-week workshop (Lab) where Paratheatre methods are used to discover how rituals might form the basis for experimental theatre. Within each production, an invisible (to the audience) paratheatrical infrastructure contains a living ritual animating each performance. Eschewing any theatre of ideas, messages, politics, or morality, we don't perform classic stage plays nor do we use any conventional scripts beyond spoken poetic text. We aim to impact audiences with experience - of spontaneous energy, of spirits unleashed from the self-governing bodies of our performers, E.V.E.'s vocal creations and music, short films, and great poetry spoken as oblique narratives.
ParaTheatrical ReSearch PDX is not a company of fixed players as much as a kind of molting group that develops each new performance work with those best suited for the unique challenges of each production. Though a core group of individuals persists in each work, we remain open to inquiries from others across the performance spectrum - theatre, dance, voice, music, clown, martial arts, vaudeville - who wish to work with us. Sometimes those invited to join us also participate in Paratheatre training to learn the fundamentals of our unique somatic language.
ParaTheatrical ReSearch PDX is a non-union, self-funded collective; we're low maintenance, we don't do grants or suckle the corporate teet. We are making it up as we go along.
- Antero Alli,
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