Sally E Dean (NO/UK/USA) is a PhD Research Fellow at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Her research investigates poetic materiality and agency between the body-costume and in the design-performance encounter starting with the sense of touch. How does the costume choreograph the body/movement and the body/movement design the costume? Somatic practices are applied as a bridge to experiencing, designing and choreographing between costume and body.
International and interdisciplinary collaboration is Sally´s ethos. Since 2011, Sally leads the collaborative ´Somatic Movement, Costume & Performance Project´, designing Somatic Costumes that elicit psychophysical awareness in wearers and generate performance experiences. Recently, she founded the collaborative duo with costume designer Charlotte Østergaard called BETWIXT. In 2009 she founded ´Kolaborasi´ – producing and creating performance and teaching projects in Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
Sally has been a professional artist and teacher for over 20 years throughout Europe, USA and Asia between the fields of design, dance, theatre and somatic practices. Her work has been supported by the Arts Council England and the British Council.
Recent works in 2019 include exhibition in Innovative Costume of the 21st Century, A.A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Moscow and BETWIXT performance the Site Specific Performance Festival at the 14th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space.
Recent publications include upcoming chapters intwo books: ‘Performance Costume – New Perspectives’ (2020) and ‘Skinner Releasing Technique Emerging Narratives (2021).