Aisha Sasha John


AISHA SASHA JOHN is a singing dancer. Her solo performance the aisha of oz premiered at the Whitney Museum in June 2017 and will close the MAI’s season in April 2018.  In addition to her solo work, John choreographed, performed and curated as a member of the performance collective WIVES (2015-2017), whose 2016 OFFTA edition of the show FEELED earned the collective the festival’s 2016 Audacity Prize.  Aisha is also author of three poetry books: I have to live. (McClelland and Stewart 2017), The Shining Material (BookThug 2011) as well as THOU (BookThug 2014), finalist for both the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the ReLit Poetry Award. Aisha’s video work and text art have been exhibited in galleries (Doris McCarthy, Oakville Galleries) and was commissioned by Art Metropole as part of a performance residency Aisha led: Let’s understand what it means to be here (together). Aisha has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph, and a B.A. in African Studies and Semiotics from the University of Toronto. She was born in Montreal.