“Ampey!”, is a performance piece that explores the spiritual, emotional and physical disconnect between African-Americans and Continental Africans.
“Ampey!” explores the spiritual, emotional and physical disconnect between African-Americans and Continental Africans. In Ghana, it’s a rhythmic competition game that little girls play. The game happens in rounds with two players. One person is the leader. Both players jump and land on a set rhythm. The leader tries to trick their opponent with fancy footwork while the opponent tries to anticipate and match the footwork of the leader. Whoever wins the most rounds wins the game. In the context of the piece that’s performed on stage, Ghana, or a version of the Continental African perspective is one player and the performers, or versions of the African-American perspective, are the other. Breaking open the paradigms that each culture grasps onto in regards to identity, gender and social constructs, “Ampey!” addresses the art of missing, meeting and misunderstanding in the human experience.