This poster was made for an early performance of the collaborative theatre piece Seven Meditations on Political Sado-Masochism, staged in Boston. Initially debuted in 1973, the work was written after The Living Theater co-founders Judith Malina and Julian Beck, and other members of the company were imprisoned in Brazil on political charges and reportedly tortured by the Médici dictatorship. The radical and provocative piece was a durational exercise in ritual and ceremony, borrowing from a range of Biblical, classical Greek, and literary sources. Featured on this poster is actor Ivanildo Silvino Araujo on the “Parrot’s Perch,” demonstrating a torture scene in a Brazil production of Seven Meditations.
22 × 17 inches unframed