Alkistis Dimech is the co-founder of Scarlet Imprint, editrix, typographer and book designer. She is also a dancer and choreographer, whose practice is grounded in butô, a discipline she has pursued since 2002. She studied the History of Art and Music of Asia and Africa at SOAS, University of London, with an interest in the dance and theatre forms of South East Asia and Japan; and continues her investigations into the body, movement, ritual and performance, influenced by the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, Alphonso Lingis, Alain Berthoz, Chris Knight and many others.
In 2008 she 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. Her current work is an exploration of female mysteries through the figure of the nymph, articulated in a projected cycle of dances, Apocalypteria. The second dance in the cycle, Pater, is in development.
She has performed in the UK, Europe and the United States, solo and in collaboration with other dancers, musicians and artists, notably Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert; and has spoken on her work, and given workshops, at conferences and events in the UK, Europe and the United States. Her essays have been published in the anthologies Devoted and XVI and online, and will be collected with those of Peter Grey in The Brazen Vessel. Her dance work is documented at alkistisdimech.com