I am a dancer and choreographer, whose practice is grounded in butô, a discipline I have practised since 2002. I studied Arabic and the History of Art and Music of Asia and Africa at SOAS, University of London, with a special interest in the dance and theatre forms of South East Asia and Japan. I continue my investigations into the body, movement, ritual and performance, my explorations influenced by the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jean-Luc Nancy, Chris Knight, Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, Alphonso Lingis, Alain Berthoz and many others.
In 2008 I began to evolve a personal interpretation of butô – which translates as the ‘dark dance’ or ‘dance of darkness’ – inspired by the mythos of the sabbat, or witches’ dance. The sabbat was the central motif in a project that employed the radical methodologies of butô to shed light on neglected and suppressed histories of the body, sexuality, the sacred and the feminine divine in the West. Catherine Clément’s description of the sabbat as the ‘reverse spectacle, the celebration, in which everyone participates, in which no one is voyeur’ (La jeane née, Cixous/Clément, 1975) informed my approach to dance as an art that is transforming, transporting, revelatory and boundary-dissolving. My current work is an exploration of female mysteries through the figure of the nymph, articulated in a projected cycle of dances, Apocalypteria. At this time I am developing the choreography for the second 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; and 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 occult publishing house Scarlet Imprint, which I founded with Peter Grey in 2007.