Sally E Dean

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. Her work has been supported by the Arts Council England and the British Council.
She is an MPhil candidate at Royal Holloway University (Drama/Theatre department). www.sallyedean.com and www.kolaborasi.org

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.  Her work has been supported by the Arts Council England and the British Council.   

Sally’s recent performance work is immersive and site-specific. Her work has been produced in venues ranging from established theatres, such as The Place (Robin Howard Dance Theatre), Hackney Empire and Battersea Arts Centre (London), festivals such as Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New York Musical Festival, International MASQUE Theatre Festival (Helsinki, Finland), Prague Fringe Festival, San Francisco Fringe Festival, to site-specific settings such as church crypts, traditional Javanese markets, a post-war junk museum, and gallery spaces. 

Sally is a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique, an Amerta Movement practitioner (with Suprapto Suryodarmo from Java), and a British Wheel of Yoga certified Scaravelli teacher.  She also has a background in butoh, physical theatre, improvisation and playwriting.  

Sally has taught internationally in university, community and festival settings to include Impuls Tanz (Vienna, Austria), Dance Ability Finland, Aalto University (Finland), the National Arts University in Surakarta/Java, Sri Lanka Foundation, CIT Cork School of Music (Ireland) as well as the UK’s leading dance, theatre and costume design universities: Royal Holloway University, Trinity Laban, Central School of Speech and Drama, London College of Fashion, Roehampton University, Chichester University, Coventry University and more.  She also teaches ongoing professional classes at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios and Dance Research Studios. 

Sally has performed for international companies, organizations and artists such as Stephanie Skura in New York, US (present), Dappin’ Butoh Company/Joan Laage (2001-2002, 2006, 2016) in Seattle, London and Liverpool (UK), the Dance Platform Sri Lanka with Floating Space Theatre Company in Colombo, Sri Lanka (2012), Miroto Dance Company in Java, Indonesia (2007, 2008), David Roberts Art Foundation (with French artist Etienne Chambaud), Colourscape Music Festival with artistic director Jeff Higley, London, UK (2010-2012), London College of Fashion (with choreographer Marie-Gabrielle Rotie 2011), The Welcome Trust and Camden Arts Centre (with artist Serena Korda 2010-2011) and and individual artists such as Sandra Arroniz Lacunza in Pamplona, Spain (2012-2013).

Since 2011, Sally leads the ‘Somatic Movement & Costume Project’ – designing multi-sensorial costumes that create specific body-mind experiences, in collaboration with costume designers, that lead to workshops, performances, films and talks.   Her writings about the project have been published in the ‘Dance and Somatic Practices’ Journal (2011, 2015), ‘Scene: Critical Costume’ (2014), ‘Embodied Lives’ book (2015), and forthcoming ‘Studies in Costume and Performance’ Journal (2016). She is an MPhil candidate at Royal Holloway University (Drama/Theatre department). www.sallyedean.com and www.kolaborasi.org