Alkistis Dimech's talk, The Mirror of Sacrifice from our 2011 Summer of Love event.
This extensive talk deals with butoh, possession work, dance, the witches' sabbath, mirror neurons and a mass of other material.
Here Alkistis Dimech articulates the occult anatomy of the dancer, exploring
the mysteries of concealment and revelation through the body. Physical
praxis, cross-tradition research and an appetite for the carnal,
trangressive and irrational have led her to reorient the body as the
primal present and archaic source of knowing. In 'The Mirror of
Sacrifice' the dancer encounters self as sacrifice, the act as divine
epiphany, and the manifestation of Life in Death. Among the themes
covered may be: imitation and doubling; witnessing & the dynamic of
an audience; and a disclosure of some techniques to create what she
calls 'the lucid body'.
The talk was accompanied by an evening performance, which was intentionally not filmed.
Further stills from the performance can be seen on our flickr pages here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/babalon
Alkistis Dimech has essays exploring some of these themes in both Devoted and XVI with further work in progress.