Sally E. Dean

Class Description | Monday Night Improvisation | 23 September 2019

How does what we wear affect how we move and perceive and what we create and perform?
As part of Sally’s current research into Somatic Movement, Costume & Performance, this class invites participants to wear, move and create in costumes that generate specific body-mind experiences. Costumes act in a similar way to ‘touch’ – becoming ‘portals of perception’. The costumes will not only awaken sensory experiences, heightening our awareness, but it will also fuel our creativity and imagination – bringing participants into the territory of improvisation and performance.

Costumes used in this workshop have been created and designed in collaboration with Sandra Arroniz Lacunza, Carolina Rieckhof and other guest artists.

Read more about Sally’s research into Somatic Movement, Costume & Performance here


Sally E. Dean (USA/UK) has been an interdisciplinary performer, performance maker and teacher over 20 years - in university, professional and community settings across Europe, Asia and the USA. Her teaching and performance work is highly informed by somatic-based practices, her cross-cultural projects in Asia and her background in both dance and theatre - integrating site, costume and object. She is a teacher of Scaravelli Yoga, Skinner Releasing Technique, Javanese Amerta Movement, as well as integrates her training in butoh, improvisation, physical theatre and playwriting. Sally teaches nationally and internationally to include most recently at Oslo Academy of Arts (Norway), ImpulsTanz (Austria), International MASQUE Festival (Finland), Bennington College (USA), Tejakula Bali (Indonesia), Royal Holloway University, Siobhan Davies Studios, Dance Research Studios and London College of Fashion. Since 2011, Sally leads the ‘Somatic Movement, Costume & Performance Project’ – designing costumes that create specific body-mind experiences leading to performances, lectures, films, workshops and publications. She has been supported by the Arts Council England and the British Council and is an MPhil candidate at Royal Holloway University (Drama/Theatre department). or

Sally E. Dean