PARADISE NOW.
PARADISE NOW.
PARADISE NOW.
PARADISE NOW.
PARADISE NOW.
PARADISE NOW.
PARADISE NOW.
PARADISE NOW.

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PARADISE NOW.

A group of 19 b/w photographs by Gérard Collet of The Living Theatre's production of 'Paradise Now', probably shot in Toulon and/or Geneva in 1968. Each measures 10.5x7.3cm.; photographer's stamp to versos, alongside a Belgian customs stamp. Accompanied by a typewritten sheet providing details of a film by Collet, "Living Theatre, Theatre Libre… on the Living Theatre and their latest piece Paradise Now."

Good quality vintage prints featuring Julian Beck, Judith Malina, Jenny Hecht, Karen Weiss [?], and Mel Clay, as well as other members of the troupe and the audience.

'Paradise Now' fully realised The Living Theatre's practice of collective creation, a revolutionary praxis about which Malina and Beck later wrote: "Collective creation is the secret weapon of the people… This play is a voyage from the many to the one and from the one to the many. It's a spiritual voyage and a political voyage, a voyage for the actors and the spectators. The play is a vertical ascent toward permanent revolution, leading to revolutionary action here and now. The revolution of which the play speaks is the beautiful, non-violent, anarchist revolution. The purpose of the play is to lead to a state of being in which non-violent revolutionary action is possible."

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