I am a researcher in dance exploring the intimate poetry of knowing, thinking, and feeling bodies and the aesthetics of the mis-/ understandings between them. My oeuvre investigates the instant of movement interpretation through a self-developed somatic dance practice that focuses on the nervous systems and embodied cognition of live performers. This experiential practice is named ‘Nervous Systems’. It develops new techniques for reactivity and sensitivity through collaborative artistic research that interweaves dance, sound and software engineering, and graphic design. I graduated at the Royal Dance Conservatoire Antwerp and continued my studies graduating with great distinction as a Master in theatre and dance studies at the University of Antwerp. I explored the topic of my thesis ‘modern dance epistemology and practice theory’ in practice-based post-gradual researches at P.A.R.T.S. and at a.pass in Brussels.
“Thinking Bodies in Dance. A somatic R.E.A.Ch. (research in electronic and algorithmic choreography)” is a four-year (2020-2024) Phd. in the arts by Klaas Devos, supported by the RCA and the UAntwerp. This research is an inquiry of the role of verbal reflection in dancing as researching. More specifically, Devos claims somatic dance practices and technology can mutually enhance each other in order to develop new techniques for dance improvisation practices as research and reflection.