2016 Residency Artists
Laura Larry Arrington is a dance-artist working in hybrids of idea and practice. Her work in dance (time/space/body/whole) pivots around a desire to orient towards the capacities in us all that can glimpse unseen and unutterable horizons. Her body is her life and her life is her work.
Tammy Johnson is a dancer, writer, and equity consultant living in Oakland, California. Along with Etang Inyang, Johnson forms the award winning bellydance duo, Raks Africa. Known for their magnetic stage presence, Raks Africa is heavily influenced by Egyptian Raks Sharki style. They also co-direct Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image Program, a project that provides young women ages 13-19 a body-positive experience free from judgment and competition, as well as tools to resist negative media images. Johnson also performed in the San Francisco Asian Art Museum commissioned piece, ChimaTEK: Hybridity Visualization Mandala, created by renowned performance visual artists Saya Woolfalk. She has also completed Step-Together-Step: An Art and Racial Justice Workshop for Liberated Artists and Their Collaborators, a training curriculum about race and the arts.
Check out excerpts from the culminating performance to see how the artists developed their work through the Residency.