DOCH, School of Dance and Circus University College of Opera Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts


During our Research week, 16-19 January, writer and literary theorist Piet Devos is visiting us with his lecture BEAUTY IS A VERB: Dis/ability and Multisensory Experience in the Arts. The 17 January at 19.00, Linnégatan 87. Pre-book today, it's only pre-notified guests.


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Text about Piet Devos and his lecture

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Picture of Piet Devos from his website

What to think of a blind photographer like Evgen Bavcar? Of the concertos which Maurice Ravel composed for the one-handed pianist Paul Wittgenstein? And what about a dance performance, called ‘The Invisible Dancer’, where both fully sighted and visually impaired audience members are being asked to close their eyes and just listen to dance?

Disabilities are typically viewed as being ‘a lack’ or ‘a deficiency’. While drawing on insights from Disability and Sensory Studies, I will rather argue that dis/ability entails an essentially creative reorganization of sensory experience. By disrupting the ‘normal’ ways of perceiving the world, disability has always inspired many artists from all kinds of disciplines. By discussing historical and more recent examples from literature, dance, music and the visual arts, we will discover that disability operates on all levels of the aesthetic process – going from the conceptual or formal making of a piece to its reception.

Our Research week 

Read more and see the entire porgramme here: Research week 16-19 January