Ma’at Works

Ma’at Works, photo by Felisha George

Ama Ma’at Gora (we/they) is a non-binary, black queer, multidisciplinary artist, educator and choreographer. They’ve received two degrees in dance performance from Georgian Court University (BFA) & Temple University (MFA). They have had opportunities to work with choreographers and scholars such as, Dr. Kariamu Welsh, Lela Aisha Jones, Dr. S. Ama Wray, Silvana Cardell and many more. They’ve worked with Drexel University as community-based learning coordinator, hosting CBL training for Drexel students and providing facilitation. Under their artistic direction Drexel’s Youth Performance Exchange Touring Ensemble and the Dance at the Dornsife Program were able to serve many during the ongoing pandemic. They have also had the opportunity to co-teach for a semester at Bryn Mawr college alongside Lela Aisha Jones. Outside of their collegiate work they are artistic director of Ma’at Works and co-creator of the Juba House. They acknowledged their accolades and became a proud recipient of the 2020 Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation. This year they were also able to participate in the 2022 New Dance Alliance Black Artist’s Space to Create Residency.

Ma’at Works will present an excerpt of a new work, something soft, a solo diving into the complexities of softness in the black body. With the insightful eyes of Surya Swilley and Cyrah Ward as dramaturges, new black futures are imagined. Ama Ma’at Gora is a 2022 NDA Black Artists Space to Create Resident Artist.