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Kostyme- og scenografiforum: Sally E. Dean

Kostyme- og scenografiforum: Sally E. Dean

Forelesningsserien Kostyme- og scenografiforum er et samarbeid mellom avdelingene Design og Teaterhøgskolen, og ambisjonen er å utforske hva scenografi og kostyme kan være. Hvilken rolle spiller scenografi og kostyme i scenekunsten? Hva er de sentrale problemstillingene innenfor feltet? Torsdag 15.september vil Sally E. Dean holde et foredrag om somatiske kostymer.

Sally E. Dean: The ‘Touch’ of Costume - Designing Somatic and Performative Interfaces

Tid: Torsdag 15.september 2016 kl. 18-20.
Sted: Auditoriet, Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo.
Gratis og åpent for alle!

What are you wearing today?
Do you need you eyes to know?
Close your eyes.
Can you sense your daily life 'costume' touching you?

This lecture/presentation is based on research as part of Sally E. Dean’s ongoing ‘Somatic Movement, Costume & Performance Project’ since 2011. This project devises costume design, pedagogic and choreographic methodologies, centered on the creation and application of Somatic Costumes - costumes aimed to facilitate kinesthetic awareness through the sense of touch. These costumes then become translated into somatic and performative interfaces with a live audience.

Costumes are powerful sensorial modes of experience and expression. What one wears affects how one senses, moves, perceives, performs, creates and lives. But costume design processes and costume performances, often start from a visual pre-determined aesthetic. Costumes are ‘seen’ more than ‘touched’. This research argues for and applies a social-cultural sensorial paradigm shift where costume is designed starting from the sense of touch - the experience of the costume while wearing it. Spectators are invited to become ‘performers’ in both the lecture/presentation and in Sally’s performance work through the embodied act of wearing costumes. Examples of design and performance methodologies will be given to include video and photo material.

Sally E. Dean (USA/UK) has been an interdisciplinary performer, performance maker and teacher over 15 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. Sally teaches nationally and internationally to include most recently at ImpulsTanz (Austria), International MASQUE Festival (Finland), Royal Holloway University (UK), 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 publications and workshops. 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).