A Message From The Artistic Director of The Watah School

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Dear Toronto

It is an incredible feeling to be home after living in the world for so many years. It is even more phenomenal to be creating The Watah School along with you. This dream of cultivating our very own version of Fame; remember that 80s performance show? Or Juilliard, an arts school with a serious legacy. The model is many; Edna Manley arts school in Jamaica and Toronto’s Fresh Arts Program, of which I am an alumni. The time has come to build a Black performing and visual arts training institute that can attract the phenomenally talented emerging artists we have in Canada and also set a new stage for world peoples’ growth and development as artists-healers-leaders. This is what our time needs. Ashe to all who have come before us; those who nurtured fertile soil for us to plant seeds in. We water these roots knowing that some of us will die before the first branches emerge to meet the morning sun. That is alright. Life is a cycle. Many came before and many more will come after; we continue to plant for 7 generations. The Watah School – grounded in African Oral Storytelling traditions – is a crossroads where the radical performance traditions of Dubpoetry, Caribbean theatrical storytelling and Black wombanist thought, intersect with critical Pan-Africanist theory-into-practice, Ifa-Tao-Buddhist principles, balanced by the global mind-body healing modalities of Ashtanga Yoga and Qi Gong. In this our inaugural year, we offer you an invitation to re-define artistic education. Welcome to The Watah School.

-d’bi.young anitafrika, September 2014, The Watah School

JOIN D’BI.YOUNG’S YEMOYA INTL ARTIST RESIDENCY DECEMBER 2014 IN PERU!!!

 

YEMOYA intl artist residency

HOW ABOUT SPENDING THE UPCOMING COLD COLD COLD CANADIAN WINTER IN A HOT HOT HOT COUNTRY!!!

PERU! PERU! PERU!

would you like to participate in a MAGICAL INTERNATIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCY mentored by d’bi.young anitafrika DECEMBER 22, 2014-JANUARY 11, 2015 in PERU!!!

apply to the upcoming YEMOYA international artist residency!!! http://www.yemoya.org. write to ADMIN@YEMOYA.ORG for more information.

CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE APPLICATION FORM

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/yemoya-dec-2014

d’bi.young speaks about building the PATI professional performing arts training program for young afri-canadian storytellers!!!


Please visit the #BuildingBlackTheatre campaign supporting 50 artists participating in the PIECE of MINE Festival. We are honoured to have d’bi.young as a guest curator who is sharing the brand new Watah School and directing a cast of 18 youth performing WORD.SOUND.POWAH!: a dub-opera. incredible. http://igg.me/at/pomf

Recent Alumni of The Watah School, Laura Kelsey Rideout, Shares Her Performance Poem ‘Rain’

Laura Kelsey Rideout created the poem ‘Rain’ as her culminating piece in the Dynamic Performance workshop, facilitated by d’bi.young anitafrika at http://watah.org

Laura Kelsey Rideout is a poet, performance artist and facilitator. Born in Ottawa, Kelsey comes from a mixed ancestral line of Indian, Portuguese, Armenian, British and Irish descent. She writes because her father wrote, her grandfather wrote, her aunt writes, her uncle writes, her sister films, her mother paints.

Kelsey uses the performing arts as a platform to investigate how political struggles are mapped intimately onto the body. She aims to create layered pieces that serve as platforms for humanization, that string political discussions into honest, urgent examinations of the self.

She believes art challenges us to both unsettle that which has stopped questioning and help settle that which is calling for home. In this way, she sees art as a process of intentional non-violent resettlement.

Currently, Kelsey is working on developing a series of public performance arts pieces that challenge how we consume violence, a collection of poetry, and a series of monologues focused on women and mental health.

Her poetry has been published in the anthology Ochun, by Sorplusi Institute Press (2014).

JOIN D’BI.YOUNG’S YEMOYA INTL ARTIST RESIDENCY DECEMBER 2014 IN PERU!!!

 

YEMOYA intl artist residency

HOW ABOUT SPENDING THE UPCOMING COLD COLD COLD CANADIAN WINTER IN A HOT HOT HOT COUNTRY!!!

PERU! PERU! PERU!

would you like to participate in a MAGICAL INTERNATIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCY mentored by d’bi.young anitafrika DECEMBER 22, 2014-JANUARY 11, 2015 in PERU!!!

apply to the upcoming YEMOYA international artist residency!!! http://www.yemoya.org. write to ADMIN@YEMOYA.ORG for more information.

CLICK HERE TO GO DIRECTLY TO THE APPLICATION FORM

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/yemoya-dec-2014

I AM! A SIX WEEK SELF-RECOVERY WORKSHOP WITH D’BI.YOUNG ANITAFRIKA USING THE SORPLUSI METHODOLOGY

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The Watah School
presents

I AM! a six week self-recovery workshop
with d’bi.young anitafrika
using the sorplusi methodology

COURSE OFFERING
$700

DATE & TIME
Wednesdays October 15th – November 19th
1:00pm-4:00pm

PLACE
The Watah School
9 Trinity Lane #317
Toronto Canada
Distillery Historic District

CONTACT
register@watah.org

SPACE
register now!!! space limited!!! click link below

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/iamwatahschoolworkshop

THE SORPLUSI METHOD
Sorplusi is a ground-breaking self-actualization, art creation and mentorship methodology for artists, instigators, educators and everyone in-between that A: focuses on the w/holistic development of the practitioner towards self-actualization, B: helps the practitioner to identify their personal and political integrities in art creation and dissemination C: equips the practitioner with the tools to mentor others in the development of community.

http://www.watah.org

WOULD YOU LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN A YEAR-LONG ARTIST RESIDENCY @ THE WATAH SCHOOL IN TORONTO CANADA!!!

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ma’at zachery, d’bi.young, babette burrell @YEMOYA international artist residency in hawaii summer 2014

The Watah Artists-In-Residencies (WAIRs) are year-long programs based in Toronto Canada, exploring the self, art, and community using The Sorplusi Method, facilitated by globally celebrated artist d’bi.young anitafrika. WAIRs are open to artists and non-artists, emerging, newly-emerged, mid-career and established. All are welcome. Each artist works diligently for the year, creating a unique work of art, catalyzed by their biographical experiences, supported by the womb of the Watah Residency.

To find out more about WAIR Programs visit

http://www.watah.org

For more info email

register@watah.org

To apply to a WAIR program

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/watahschoolresidency14-15

Based in Toronto Canada, WAIR has 5 tributaries: BMI – Biomyth Monodrama Intensive, TAP – Transdisciplinary Artist Residency, PATI – Performing Arts Training Intensive, YAM – Youth Artist Mentorship and YEMOYA Intl Artist Residency (hosted globally for 3 weeks yearly).

The Watah School (womb arts and healing) is a w/holistic artist development institute, grounded in d’bi.young anitafrika’s Sorplusi Method, that cultivates and nurtures artists as healers, mentors, and keepers of the sacred. Watah is a conceptual and physical space where the potentialities of arts and healing flow into an ocean of the self with(in) community. Arts-education meets meditation meets ritual and celebration in an ongoing exploration of our place on this planet and in this cosmos. Lovingly curated artist residencies, Watah workshops and one-to-one mentorship make The Watah School a womb-oasis in the city of Toronto.

The Watah School celebrates the artist as a whole human entity who mirrors society and helps to shape it circularly and inwardly. Like a mother’s loving womb where a human child is nurtured and cultivated in water for nine months, Watah is a cauldron of cultivation for a new generation of storytellers. Experiments with(in) global mind-body healing modalities and their intersection with and connection to art-creation, produce layered textures of explorations for the practitioners at The Watah School.