Month: September 2012

d’bi. on tour passing through new york city

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JFK international airport: d’bi. is a love ting world tour
getting close to usain while on our way to south africa. julene and i in jfk airport about to go to the hotel to catch some sleep before leaving for johannesburg tomorrow. julene was selected as the YEMOYA apprentice for 2012 and will teach with me in cape town for a few weeks. more tour photos to come… :)

next gig on tour – kingston jamaica!

anitafrika dub theatre and jamRAC
present
BLOOD part 1 of THE SANKOFA TRILOGY
by
D’BI.YOUNG ANITAFRIKA

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.

THIS IS D’BI.’s GLOBAL TOUR SEND-OFF EVENT
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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.

d’bi. is a love tour officially begun!

i am indeed on tour. i can feel it in my eyes (burning this morning). in my body (so excited from performance euphoria). and in my heart (having separation anxiety from my people in the village (the opening city of my world tour, toronto). thank you toronto for love. love. love. thank you manifesto! thank you university of toronto. check here for the upcoming global tour dates.

next gig on the ‘is a love ting’ world tour for d’bi.

Art has the power to change the world, to give people hope in hopeless times, and to present people with a new perspective on things. It has the power to transform (i.e. race relations, politics, geo-politics, etc.) and can be interpreted in so many different ways. This is a saying that everybody can relate to. This year’s Conference kicks off with a unique keynote address featuring Kardinal Offishall, d’bi young and Pharoahe Monch and each guest will share their personal interpretations of how art has been powerful to them.

SO MUCH THINGS TO SAY: FRESH ARTS 20 X MANIFESTO SUMMIT

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd 2012
Ryerson University – Engineering Building (on Church St. at Gould St.)
ENG Room
12:30pm – 2:30pm

KEYNOTE PANEL:  “ART IS POWER”

PHAROAHE MONCH

KARDINAL OFFISHALL

d’bi young

 This is a Pay What You Can event.

register here