Sara Wookey (BFA, MFA, PhD)
Sara Wookey trained as a Post-Modern dancer and choreographer in the US and is currently based in London, England. As an international dance artist and research associate with the Centre for Dance Research and Tate Modern, she specializes in dance as a relational, site-based practice in the museum and for other civic spaces. Her work has been in collaboration with, among others, the Hammer Museum, REDCAT, New Museum, and the Barbican and is now part of the permanent collection at the Van Abbe museum. Sara also speaks and writes on issues of labor and value in the arts and serves on the Board of Governors for the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and on the Independent Dance Committee at Equity, UK.
Sara is the director of Wookey Works, an organisation offering creative services in collaboration with cultural organisations, educational institutions and government agencies. She has worked with Yvonne Rainer since 2010 and is a certified teacher Rainer’s seminal dance work “Trio A” (1966) and other repertoire.
Parallel to her creative and professional practice Sara speaks and writes on issues of economy, labor and value in the arts and consults on public engagement with a concern for the preservation of and sustainability in dance. Sara serves on the Board of Governors for the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the Independent Dance Committee at Equity.
Wookey Works creates platforms of exchange and interaction between artists, institutions and cultural organizations in the UK, EU, US and SE Asia. Its mission is to contribute to the cultural landscape of these, and other, countries in the interest to promote dance as a valuable art form.
Affiliates and Partners include Arts Council England, California Institute of the Arts, Community Redevelopment Agency Los Angeles, Centre for Dance Research (C-Dare) at Coventry University, Greenwich Dance Agency, Metro Creative Services, Performa, Siobhan Davies Dance, Van Abbemuseum, Marres House for Contemporary Culture, Roehampton University, Middlesex University, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Tate Britain, Tate Modern and Tate St. Ives and Windermere Jetty/Lakeland Arts.
photo by Camilla Greenwell