Sacramental Melodrama  

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Sacramental Melodrama was theatrical performance by Alejandro Jodorowsky first performed at the May 24, 1965 second Paris Festival of Free Expression.

It was a four-hour performance. The "happening" starred Jodorowsky dressed in motorcyclist leather and featured him slitting the throats of two geese, taping two snakes to his chest and having himself stripped and whipped. Other scenes included a staged murder of a rabbi, a crucified chicken, a giant vagina giving birth to Jodorowsky, naked women covered in honey and the throwing of live turtles into the audience.


A review of Sacramental Melodramacan be found online at Word file at

(Note: this version summarizes the piece from the author’s personal viewpoint; each of the 30 people involved would have a different version.)

This document was first printed in Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Journal Number 3, Pages 75-83, 1966, translated by Marc Estrin.

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