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BLOOD part 1 of THE SANKOFA TRILOGY
d’bi. kicks off her 3rd international tour, beginning in her hometown of Kingston Jamaica with a performance of her critically acclaimed one womban show BLOOD at Edna Manley College in Kingston Jamaica.
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As part of her tour launch, d’bi. is performing the award winning BLOOD solo show at Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts, where she spent the summer mentoring 4th year BFA theatre student Webster McDonald in the Sorplusi Method and Biomyth Monodrama. Webster McDonald will also be showcasing his solo show Who Am I, dramaturged and directed by d’bi.
in this one womban play by d’bi.young anitafrika, mugdu sankofa, a fifteen-year-old girl from Kingston, Jamaica, begins her journey into womanhood under the watchful gaze of her granny. With her mother gone to Canada, Mugdu chafes against the limitations imposed on her by her grandmother’s generation – even as she looks to her ancestors for strength. Like her mother and grandmother before her, mugdu attempts to embrace her femininity as she navigates the perennial danger that plagues the young women in her family: pregnancy. blood.claat received two Dora awards in 2006 and has toured extensively.
d’bi.young anitafrika’s sankofa trilogy features three extraordinary stories of three powerful women—mugdu sankofa, her daughter sekesu and her granddaughter benu—and their resolute belief in blood and truth. At the heart of this trilogy—and much of d’bi.young’s work—are the spirit of sankofa (‘return and get it’), and the mythical sankofa bird of the Ashanti, with its head turned backwards, holding an egg (the future) in its beak. Weaving together pieces of her own life with the herstory and mythology of her Jamaican heritage, d’bi.young anitafrika’s one woman performance brings a cast of characters on the stage, each with his or her distinct personality and voice.
The individual works have been produced and performed in various theatres internationally and each play stands on its own merit, but for this Edna Manley College performance the first play in the trilogy will be featured.
d’bi.young will host an informal question and answer period after her performance.