Open are all ways beyond the boundaries of the heart / by Alkistis

On 3rd February 2018 I will collaborate again with artists Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert, musicians Angelo Mangini and Kevin Muhlen and costume designer Katie Pollard for a performance night – Open are all ways beyond the boundaries of the heart – at Trois C-L (Centre de Création Choréographique Luxembourgeois) in Luxembourg.

Image from the Night of Radiant Darkness. Photo © Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert

Image from the Night of Radiant Darkness. Photo © Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert

My choreography will be a development of my dance for the Night of Radiant Darkness, exploring Merleau-Ponty's notion of 'wild being' (l'être sauvage: 'the common tissue of which we are made.'), a state preceding the division of subject and object and in which past and present exist simultaneously. I will share elements of my process and the formation of the ideas incarnated in the dance in due course. 

Some details of each of our contributions to this event below, as well as biographies of the artists:

Alkistis Dimech – Passages through the skin
Dancing fantasmata into flesh, the choreographer and artists explore the interaction of fantasm (image/ghost) with matter in the moving body; the communication that arises through these interactions between insides and outsides, viscera and skin, memory and presence, and the mediums that bind them: sound, light, breath.

Angelo Mangini & Kevin Muhlen – Away from that line, In toward the earth
Music as a vibrational force, an abstract sorcery, unbound and forever moving between immediate and future experience; sonic lifeforms, both physical and spectral, affect and contaminate with an intensity that converts the human body into a space for resonance.

Gast Bouschet & Nadine Hilbert – Poison Oracle
Painting and video installation on metamorphosis and the black art of poisoning; a meditation on the creative-destructive process of personal and suprapersonal change; a poiesis of violation, infection and elemental disturbance.

* The installation includes The Host, a piece produced in association with artist and costume designer Katie Pollard who also created the dress for Alkistis' performance.


Alkistis Dimech is a dancer, choreographer and writer, whose practice is principally grounded in the ankoku butō of Hijikata Tatsumi. She has trained with numerous dancers including Ko Murobushi and Atsushi Takenouchi, and has been performing as a solo artist since 2002. Alkistis Dimech studied Arabic and the History of Art and Music of Asia and Africa at SOAS, University of London, with a particular interest in the dance and theatre forms of South East Asia and Japan. Since leaving formal education, she has continued her investigations into the body and performance, studying diverse dramatic, dance, martial and healing arts. In 2008 she began to advance a personal interpretation of the ‘dance of darkness’ – sabbatic dance – in which the mythos of the medieval witches’ dance is the central motif in a conception of performance and performer that fuses the original radical and subversive impulse of butō with suppressed and neglected aspects of the culture and history of the West.

Kevin Muhlen and Angelo Mangini have been collaborating for almost 20 years, 13 of which as the guitar duo in the Luxembourg metal band ExInferis. After the disbanding of the latter they went separate ways, each in a quest for new musical and sonic horizons. Muhlen formed the post-metal band soleil noir and on his side Mangini formed Cosmogon. Their respective solo explorations have led them both to venture into drone music.

Gast Bouschet and Nadine Hilbert began collaborating in the 1990s. They have since created a complex body of work that challenges the fundamental principles underlying structure, visibility and power. Their practice spans an extensive range of media including photography, sound, video, painting and text based work. Bouschet and Hilbert's interventions are put into effect in marginal places and wilderness areas away from the public gaze as well as in contemporary art institutes and music festivals including Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal; BPS22, Charleroi, Belgium; Insomnia Festival, Tromsø, Norway; Bozar Brussels, Belgium; Darling Foundry Montreal, Canada; Cube Space Taipei, Taiwan; Philharmonie, Luxembourg; Muzeum Sztuki Lodz, Poland; Casino Forum d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg; Busan Biennale of Contemporary Art, South-Korea; Camouflage Johannesburg, South Africa; Muhka Antwerp Belgium and CCA Glasgow, United Kingdom among others. In 2009 they represented Luxembourg at the 53rd Venice Biennale.

Katie Pollard is a costume designer and founder of Azimuth Clothing. A Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design and further studies at FIT in Haute Couture and Leather Design helped hone her craft; a background in working with vintage clothing and personal styling combined with ongoing research into folk costume, ritual dress, and costume history continues to inform her aesthetic and perspective. Pollard’s work explores identity creation, transformation, and the conversation between the body, garment, and society. She incorporates found, reclaimed, and vintage materials in her designs, believing that utilizing pre-existing items supports two interlocking aims- promoting sustainability by reducing production, and drawing on the transformative process of regeneration. A belief in the construction process as an essential design element requires that much of her work be done by hand.

Trois C-L
Centre de Création Choréographique Luxembourgeois
Banannefabrik
12, Rue du Puits
L-2355 Luxembourg