Alkistis Dimech is the co-founder of Scarlet Imprint, for which she is editrix, typographer and book designer. Beyond publishing, she is a dancer and choreographer, whose practice is grounded in butô, which translates as ‘dark dance’ or ‘dance of utter darkness,’ a discipline and philosophy she has pursued since 2002.

Alkistis Dimech

In 2008 she began to evolve a personal interpretation of butô, 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.

Her 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. She is currently working the choreographies for the second and third dances in the cycle, Visitation and Pater.

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