four dancers kneel on the floor and begin to move infront of bright neon lights

Sara Wookey at Late at Tate, June 2015
© Tate Photo: Ian Kingsnorth

Sara Wookey (born USA) is a choreographer based in London. Her practice is interested in ways to prompt intimacy, social connection and a sensitivity to being together in a shared cultural space. Wookey activates ways of engaging the body, play and social interaction, often opening up a discourse around the experience of the museum and the engagement of artworks, architecture and each other. 

From January to June 2015, as Associate to the Artists Programme, Wookey engaged Tate Collective in activating conceptual thinking around liveness, play and engagement. Utilising movement, conversation, drawing and writing to collaboratively explore and test out ideas around curating the space of the gallery building. 

As a culmination of the project, Tate Collective presented Re-A-Line, leading performative ‘drifts’ through the galleries during Late at Tate and Young@Tate in June 2015. A talk followed each ‘drift’, led by Wookey in conversation with Tate Collective, followed by an invitation to the public to take part in a ‘drift’ themselves. Find out more about the thinking behind the ‘drifts’ in the words of Tate Collective.

Prior to her move to the UK Wookey was based in Los Angeles, USA and in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Wookey is one of five certified transmitters of Yvonne Rainer’s repertoire and performed recently in Yvonne Rainer: Dance Works at Raven Row gallery. She has presented her own choreographic work at the Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, REDCAT, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Performance Space, Sydney, and the New Museum, NYC. Sara holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California.