University of Wisconsin–Madison
S. Ama Wray: Performance Architect

About the Artist

Dr. S. Ama Wray self-titles as a Performance Architect, and has developed a theory and practice called Embodiology®, a neo-African approach to contemporary dance improvisation. She is an improviser, choreographer, director, teacher, and scholar.


The 11th annual Chris Gray Memorial Lecture On Becoming: A Neo-African Performance Architect will be presented by Dr. S. Ama Wray on Friday, April 13 at 12:00 pm at Florida International University.

Dr. S. Ama Wray and her students will hold open rehearsals in the Chazen Museum of Art lobby every Tuesday through April from 3:30 – 4:45 pm. Drop by to catch a preview of the final residency event! All are welcome.

Students enrolled in Ama’s course will visit the Ruth Davis Design Gallery (1300 Linden Drive) on Thursday, March 1, from 3:30 – 5:15 pm for a tour of Whirling Return of the Ancestors: Egúngún Arts of the Yorùbá in Africa and Beyond. Students will explore practicing Embodiology® in and around the textiles and gallery visitors.

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Dr. S. Ama Wray will teach a semester-long course in the spring of 2018 titled “The Art of Improvisation: From Phronesis to the Production of Practical Knowledge.”

Download the course flyer (PDF).

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Upcoming Events

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Emergent Art Space reported on Ama Wray’s class, culminating in a performance at the Chazen Museum of Art. Read the article here.

Dr. S. Ama Wray and UW–Madison students to perform Embodiology® at Work: Embodiology® at Play on May 2 and May 3

Watch a video clip of students holding open rehearsals and practicing Embodiology® in the Chazen Museum of Art, taken by guest artist Fleeta Chew Siegel.

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