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Journal

  

Open are all ways beyond the boundaries of the heart

On 3rd February 2018 I will collaborate again with artists Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert, musicians Angelo Mangini and Kevin Muhlen and costume designer Katie Pollard for a performance night at Trois C-L (Centre de Création Choréographique Luxembourgeois) in Luxembourg.

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Speaking at the Art = Praxis Symposium

Alkistis is one of the presenters for the Art = Praxis Symposium in Glastonbury on Sunday 15th October. The symposium, organised by artist and scholar Dr Sasha Chaitow, features talks by artists and academics on the subject of art as esoteric praxis.

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Workshop / the flesh of the world

On 19th February next year I will give a workshop at the Occult Conference in Glastonbury, the material for which has developed out of my ongoing research into the body and place/space, and references Merleau-Ponty’s notion of the ‘flesh of the world’ and the body as chiasm, as a crossing – both touched and touching, seen and seeing. The workshop will focus specifically on the feet and stepping, on developing sensitivity and awareness, of self and environment, through movement.

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The art of crossing over

I will be performing and giving a presentation at the Trans-States conference at the University of Northampton on 9th and 10th September. The organisers describe it as ‘a transdisciplinary conference that will explore representations in contemporary visual culture of boundary crossing, liminality and queerification with specific reference to occultism, mysticism, shamanism and other esoteric and spiritual practices.’

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Towards an embodied psychedelic consciousness

After attending the first Breaking Convention international conference on psychedelic consciousness in 2011, I was delighted when the opportunity arose to present my work this year. Not only are aspects of my research and choreographic method informed by working with psychedelics, or entheogens, but I felt that too often the psychedelic state is associated solely with the head and the brain, and the body is rarely considered or recognised as the foundation of consciousness.

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Div Shir at Breaking Convention

I will perform Div Shir at Breaking Convention, the interdisciplinary conference on psychedelic consciousness which will be held at the University of Greenwich on 10th to 12th July 2015. Butoh, and dance generally, is the unfolding of consciousness in movement. As such, it is also a means to explore, transform and navigate consciousness as it unfolds.

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