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).


Work Group

Objective Enactive
This online lecture-demonstration unfolds the term ´Poetic Materiality´ within the context of designing and choreographing with Somatic Costumes. Through critiquing and applying the somatic practice of Skinner Releasing Technique, the poetics of philosopher Gaston Bachelard and the materiality of anthropologist Tim Ingold, this talk begins to map poetic and material agencies between bodies-costumes within the design-performance encounter.

Artist Talk

Objective Enactive

This talk will focus on the first outcome of Glitsch(ening) Ci(rculari)ty, a tripartite site-specific, where I am pursuing a speculative exploration of the ecology of the city, between the urban and the biological, unfolding its layers and materiality of time. The talk will end in a conversation between fellow researchers and artists in the collaborative project Urban Ecologies, where Glitsch(ening) Ci(rculari)ty, is generated from.


Polyvocal Tongue The presentation will focus on relational ethics and polyvocality in performative text. It will also explore the use of plural languages in a play, looking at how a polylingual praxis can open up new aesthetic potential in playwrighting and in artistic research in general.


TRANSPOSITIONS— JAR, Mette Edvardsen and modular diaries At the start, the idea for an artistic research conversation with Mette Edvardsen did not spring out of the topics shortlisted for the conference—hospitality, vulnerability and care—but a book that she had co-edited, and dropped in my shelf.

Panel Discussion

The Ethics of Vulnerability and Artistic Research

Any ethical framework must take account of the vulnerability of the human condition. This is significant in all creative endeavours – especially in artistic practice and the teaching of it – since the very act of creating something and putting it out into the world is an expression of vulnerability.