Project Aiwa was inspired by Tammy Johnson’s 2014 visit to Cairo, Egypt, and years of study of ritual practices of Northern Africa.
Project Aiwa is about saying yes to the body’s wisdom and to the spirit that will not be caged by daily injustices. Project Aiwa produces performances, workshops and community-based collaborations based on the belief that there can be no true social revolution without personal and collective healing.
Tammy Johnson is an Egyptian belly dancer, writer, racial equity consultant and the director of Project Aiwa. In 2016 Johnson was a recipient of Deborah Slater’s Studio 210 Residency Program. In 2015 she performed in the San Francisco Asian Art Museum commissioned piece, ChimaTEK: Hybridity Visualization Mandala, created by renowned performance visual artists Saya Woolfalk. For over a decade Johnson and Etang Inyang performed as the award-winning duet Raks Africa, and co-directed Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image program.
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