University of Wisconsin–Madison

Upcoming Spring Residency

Sheron Wray leaps against a dark backdrop.The UW–Madison Arts Institute will welcome Performance Architect Dr. Sheron Wray as the Spring 2018 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence.

The Spring 2018 Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program is presented by the UW–Madison Arts Institute and hosted by the Art Department with Professor Faisal Abdu’Allah as lead faculty. Co-sponsors include the Departments of Art History, Dance, Afro-American Studies, and African Cultural Studies.

Sheron Wray is an associate professor of dance at the University of California, Irvine. She is a former U.K. NESTA Fellow (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, similar to the MacArthur Awards) and improviser, choreographer, director, teacher, and scholar. Sheron self-titles as a ‘Performance Architect’, receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Surrey where she developed her theory and practice of Embodiology®, a neo-African approach to contemporary dance improvisation.

The Art of Improvisation: From Phronesis to the Production of Practical Knowledge

Course: Integrated Arts 310 / Integrated Arts 610
Day/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:10 pm
Credits: 3
Limit: 20 students across any discipline
Prereq: None
Description: This course is for artists, engineers, practitioners, and activists. It will reveal how to apply improvisation methodologies to enable productive interdisciplinary collaborations, while also showing how to tap into your personal creativity, bound within everyday life. Students are expected to form an active and integrated web-based community to facilitate group research and sharing of resources. The class will combine practice-based workshops, interdisciplinary guest lectures, fieldwork, journaling, and performance.

Download the course flyer (PDF).

Dance Department Brown Bag Lunch with Sheron Wray
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 12:45 – 1:15 pm
Location: Virginia Harrison Parlor, Lathrop Hall | 1050 University Avenue

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to have lunch with Spring 2018 Interdisciplinary Artist in Residence Sheron Wray.

Art Department Visiting Artist Colloquium

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: L160 Elvehjem