I am a dancer and choreographer, whose practice is grounded in butô, a discipline I have practised since 2002. In 2008 I began to evolve a personal interpretation of butô, which translates as the ‘dark dance’ or ‘dance of darkness,’ inspired initially by the mythos of the witches’ dance and sabbat. The sabbat was the central motif in a project that employed the radical methodologies of butô to illuminate neglected and suppressed histories of the body, sexuality, the sacred and the feminine divine in the West.
My current work is an exploration of female mysteries and sexuality through the nymph – veiled, as elemental divinity, the bride or nubile woman, mantis, and clitoris – articulated in a projected cycle of dances, Apocalyptería. The first of these dances, The decollation of flowers, revisions the dance of Salomé, in the light of modern scholarship, as the bloody flowering of the erotic and sexual body. The second dance, Visitation, was recently presented at the Trans-States conference in Northampton. I am currently working on the choreography for the third dance in the cycle, Pater.
I have performed in the UK, Europe and the United States, solo and in collaboration with other dancers, musicians and artists. I have spoken on my work, and given workshops, at conferences and events in the UK, Europe and the United States. Alongside my performance work, I run the publishing house Scarlet Imprint, which I founded with Peter Grey in 2007. My writing on dance, the body and the occult are collected in The Brazen Vessel.