Transformation spells (Becoming siren…)

Living flesh has the power to transform, to create and recreate itself; from the moment of conception, before even the contours of a ‘self’ emerge, this power is movement. The potential of transformation is intertwined with our vulnerability, our passibility, to undergo ordeals or ecstasies that transfigure us. Of this passibility Michel Henry wrote, ‘In the depths of its Night, our flesh is god.’ My dance is born in this Night, in encounter with the unknown, alien and holy.

In the choreographic sequence of ‘transformation spells’ I explore the frisson and tensions between becoming and being, fusing my fascination with the Utterances or Spells of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, particularly those dealing explicitly with transformation (76–88) with my foundation in the methodologies and philosophy of butō.


I am an artist, dancer-choreographer, writer and occultist exploring the mysteries of the carnal body and its subtle anatomy through an archaeology and poietics of flesh. My art and praxis is grounded in ankoku butô (dark dance), which I have practised since 2002. I have studied multiple movement, performance and healing modalities, and have, through synthesis and experiment, developed a techne of transformation, of communion-communication with spirit(s), which is fundamental to both my artistic and magical work. Central to this work and to my spiritual path is the emergence of the heretical feminine divine power Babalon, and the cultivation of the sexual and erotic energies characteristic of her manifestion.

With Peter Grey I co-founded and run Scarlet Imprint, a small press which publishes practitioner-oriented works on magic, esotericism and the sacred. As a designer and typographer, I seek to manifest the spirit of the book in material form, understanding that knowledge is communicated through all the senses.
I have performed, given workshops and spoken on my practice at events, conferences and research seminars in the UK, Europe and the United States. Selected works from 2008 to 2018 are published in The Brazen Vessel (Scarlet Imprint 2019).