SOROR MYSTICA is produced by ParaTheatrical ReSearch PDX and directed by Antero Alli with musical direction by Sylvi Alli. Featuring poetic text (excerpted from "The Walls Do Not Fall") by Hilda Doolittle (aka H.D.) and based on characters, elemental spirits, and archetypes conceived by the director and developed with the cast over ten Sunday nights in the Alchemy Performance Lab and featuring a short film by Antero.


Faye Dylan, Maple Holmes, Lindsay Reich, Memorie Eden; the "Chaos Sisters"

Characters, Spirits, Archetypes

The Chaos Sisters (Memorie Eden, Maple Holmes, Lindsay Reich, Faye Dylan)
- four women inhabit, maintain, and worship in the Temple of the Holy Feminine

Aether (Bryan Smith)
- a neutral-masked entity born from the Chaos Sisters' rituals, Aether receives,
contains, and transmits their powers and gives expression to their spirits

The Alchemist (L.D. McClure)
- an elder sorcerer whose idea of magic is all about effecting change
by the force of his will, a point he argues constantly with his wife

The Sorceress (Greeta Ahart)
- the tough-minded wife of the Alchemist practices magic as alignment with
the forces of Nature, Archetypes, and Elementals; she sends her husband into
the Temple of the Holy Feminine to be initiated

The Oracles - (Antero Alli and Nita Bryant)
- two disembodied voices (male and female) commenting on the
mysterious rituals unfolding before their very eyes (words by HD)

Film sequences by Antero Alli; soundtrack by Sylvi Alli.
Tech assist, Zac Martin. Costumes by Sylvi Alli & Faye Dylan.
Performance music & vocals, Sylvi Alli (with Amma Li Grace)
Poetic text by Hilda Doolittle (aka HD). Directed by Antero Alli

Sylvi Alli, vocals
Ft. Stevens, Oregon


Bryan Smith as "Aether" and LD McClure as the "Alchemist"
in a short film by Antero Alli (featured in "Soror Mystica")

Hilda Doolittle (aka HD) wrote "The Walls Do Not Fall", (the first of three parts in her TRILOGY), in London during the 1942 Nazi blitzkrieg air strikes. Sheltered underground, she composed Trilogy as bomb after bomb exploded over the city above her. Deeply inspired by her indomitable spirit, I chose HD's "The Walls Do Not Fall" for its oracular visions of death and rebirth during the horrors of wartime.

The Anima archetype -- that wild, erotic, and anarchic dimension of the Holy Feminine possessing, vexing, seducing, and inspiring artists since the beginning of Time - demands to be related with; She will not be ignored! My own courtship with the Anima (She is not "my" Anima; She belongs to no man!) has been partly sustained by a series of love letters composed to Her (some call them poems); click this to read one. With "Soror Mystica", I've chosen the Anima archetype, or perhaps She has chosen me, to enliven and dramatize this performance as a spiritual event -- a living ritual disguised as experimental theatre.

-Antero Alli, director


"A Turbulence of Muses" (Peformance Dec. 2016) click for details

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 and Sylvi Alli ~ BIOs

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