Sally E. Dean

Monday Night Improvisation | 02 November 2020 | Online & studio

Touch has been sanitised, prohibited and virtualised during our global pandemic. How do we touch each other at this time? How can the touch of clothing/costume support us - becoming a portal of sensation, perception and poetic imagination in our dancing?

As part of Sally's current research into somatic movement, costume & performance (Somatic Costumes) this class invites participants to wear, move and create in costumes that generate specific psychophysical experiences. During the Corona Virus time, we will use our daily life clothing as our resource. Please bring coat, scarf and socks into class with you.

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

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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).