The Directors


Artistic Director, Paratheatre Training

In 1977, Antero discovered the Paratheatre of Jerzy Grotowski ("Akropolis" and "Towards a Poor Theatre") inspiring him to develop his own paratheatre medium -- as documented in three books, "Towards an Archeology of the Soul" (2003), "State of Emergence: Experiments in Group Ritual Dynamics"( 2020) and "Sacred Rites: Journal Entries of a Gnostic Heretic" (2023). His work has also been documented in ten videos (1991-2023), and in academic papers by Nicoletta Isar, Professor at the Institute of Art History, Copenhagen University. Between 1977 and 2018, Antero wrote, directed, and performed in numerous experimental theatre productions. From 2006 to 2015, group paratheatre work went underground to research new developments in private, non-performance ritual labs. During this era, Antero wrote and directed a series of feature-length art films -- including "The Greater Circulation", a critically acclaimed cinematic treatment of poet Rainer Maria Rilke's "Requiem for a Friend" and "The Invisible Forest", a tribute to French Surrealist playwright, Antonin Artaud. In 2015, he took a five year hiatus from filmmaking to stage five original intermedia performance rituals in Portland Oregon. In late 2019, he ended his 42-year era of ParaTheatrical ReSearch workshops and productions and returned to cinema with "The Vanishing Field", followed by "The Alchemy of Sulphur" (2021) "Tracer" (2022) and "Blue Fire" (2023). The ParaTheatrical ReSearch Archives can be found here.



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". She has acted in many of Antero's films and performed in their theatrical productions. A deep background in Paratheatre (since 1996) inspired her unique "embodied voice" approach to singing through movement. She has served as Music Director and Vocal Instructor for ParaTheatrical ReSearch since 2010.





"Soror Mystica" (2017)
-- click image for details

Video Documents
1991 to 2023

ParaTheatrical ReSearch Archives



site map