Klaas Devos - Biography

Klaas Devos (1985°) is a freelance choreographer and researcher exploring the intimate poetry of knowing and thinking bodies and the aesthetics of the (mis)understandings between them. He graduated at the Royal Conservatory (HID), a dance practice study he backed up with a master in arts theory (UAntwerp), focusing in his thesis on modern dance epistemology. This fascination for dance practices as a way of thinking and making sense has guided him throughout his post-gradual performance and dance researches (P.A.R.T.S., a.pass). The aesthetics of his interdisciplinary experiments with forms that can stimulate cracks in the traditional dichotomy between practice and theory. Inspired by a rich palette of masters and mentors (a.o. Yvonne Rainer, Kattrin Deufert & Thomas Plischke, Thomas Hauert, Lilia Mestre). Devos’ artistic language brings together somatic practices (a.o. Min Tanaka, Florence Augendre, Tamara Milla Vigo) with neuroscience. It critics Western dance history from a speculative and post-human perspective (a.o. Andre Lepecki, Bojana Cvejic, Martin Spangberg).

Since a few years, Devos’ research focuses on instant interpretation of generative choreography. These dance compositions dialogue with experimental music composition, digital arts, somatic practices and neuroscience. In 2016, Devos made his first cross-medial choreography for large dance and music ensemble (Almosteverythinghappens). As such, he opened up an ongoing artistic research looking for the dynamic environments where we practice movement interpretations together. This project was re-made the following year with a Cuban cast for the International Performance Arts Festival, Cuba. The exploration of dance and music aesthetics through electronic composition methods are further rendered in his last work Solo for Nervous System (2018) that last year premiered in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain. Focusing on the relation between live-rendered choreography and movement interpretation, it explores the intimate poetry of knowing and thinking bodies in relation to an electronic environment.

The researches and performances are organized in collaboration with the collective Barely imaginable Beings (BiBs). BiBs are an “undisciplined collective” founded in Brussels, 2018. It is a meeting place for aesthetic practices that questions the confines of traditional disciplines, technics or technologies. BiBs are exposed through live- and digital performances and through workshops that focus on cross-medial and live-rendered composition. BiBs are Quentin Meurisse (programmer and experimental composer) and Klaas Devos, in collaboration with experimental composers (Maarten Buyl, Nina Fukuoka), contemporary ensembles (Ensemble Fractals, G.A.M.E.), and electronic installation artists (Thea Soti, Gertan Biasino).

Since 2018, Devos is part of an international research group that focuses on the Practice as Research (PaR) and Research as Performance (RaP). A recent example is …Through Practices, developed during the last phase of Distraction as Discipline (research at KASK Heike Langsdorf) in preparing dialogue with Alex Arteaga, Anouk Llaurens, Miriam Rohde, Laetitia Gendre, Klaas Devos, Fransien van der Putt, Lilia Mestre, Bilal Kamilla Arnout and Irene Lehmann. … Through Practices invites to explore the ecology of one’s personal attention and sense for participation. A variety of guided and hosted scores and protocols make tangible how our mind’s presence is influenced by how we move and take part in things (and vice versa).

In extension to research and production, Klaas Devos coaches students ranging from high school (MUDA) to post-master level (a.pass). He further contributes to the field as a dramaturge (Liesbet Hermans, Naomi Kerkhove) and as a critical writer (Mousse publ., APE publ.).