in february i had the incredible offering of
speaking at greenpeace free the arctic 30
top ten event (pictured above)
‘breathe deeply. smile lovingly. act compassionately’ – d’bi.
welcome to the 3rd month of 2014
for those of us living in an outdoor ice-box
who formally lived in an outdoor sauna
we welcome the passage of time
as the sun begins to befriend us again
teasing and taunting and flirting with our feelings
i am cultivating patience. i am cultivating patience. i am cultivating patience
and wait for the spring fever to arrive deep in my bones
there are some yummy goodnesses
offerings from WATAH womb arts academy of healing
and upcoming gatherings, storytellings and speechifyings
which i thought you might want to know about
the nucleus of the arts-mentorship works i am creating and sharing
is self-actualization towards community mobilization
this is what i was taught and what i observed
growing up in maxfield avenue kingston 13 jamaica
and having the gift of being surrounded by dubpoetry
and african-jamaican forms of storytelling through
the pantomime, miss lou, drama school, reggae and dancehall
and a whole-heapah-oddah-sumting whe mi cyaan fit inna da
tiny likkle love lettah yah :)
check out what’s on the horizon bringing the sunshine into my life
in love and solidarity
(until april :)
p.s. YOU CAN SUBSCRIBE TO MY MONTHLY TINYLETTER OF LOVE HERE
APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!!!
YEMOYA (yemoya.org) is a three week international artist residency that i have been curating for 7 years. it combines trans-disciplinary arts training with wellness practices for the (w)holistic development of people using the Sorplusi Method (sorplusimethod.com). YEMOYA alumni include international artists such as Ngozi Paul, Che Kothari, Amanda Parris, Lishai Peel, Webster McDonald and Ria Hartley. Residencies have been hosted in Canada, England, South Africa, Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas. The upcoming residency is in Hawaii in August and the applications are now open on the YEMOYA website. to see the official press release visit the yemoya website.
womb arts academy of healing
I AM! a six week self-recovery course using the sorplusi method
this is the first course of 2014 that i am facilitating for WATAH. there is still one more space left. the course runs on saturdays beginning march 1st until april 5th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. course fee is $600 and all materials are provided. if you are interested, you can fill out the registration form here
YEMOYA international artist residency indiegogo campaign
we are gearing up for our first indiegogo campaign to raise funds to publish a hard-cover coffee table photo-journal of the first 7 years of YEMOYA international artist residency. the book features over 25 artists from around the globe who have been mentored through YEMOYA using the sorplusi method. it also features the black womben mentors of mine who are the foundation of the sorplusi method. i am so excited about this one!!! look out for the campaign.
womb arts academy of healing
SEEKING-SPEAKING-HEALING TRUTH: a six week course on finding your poetic voice using the sorplusi method
this is the second course of 2014 that i am facilitating for WATAH. it is primarily for performance artists but not exclusively. the course runs on saturdays from april 12th to the may 17th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. course fee is $700 and all materials are provided. if you are interested, email info at dbi333 dot com.
art works d’bi.
if you ever feel like getting any of the artworks i have created in the past decade, it’s pretty easy to do so :). visit my bandcamp site and everything can be purchased online.
the sankofa trilogy
playwright’s canada press will be publishing the sankofa trilogy. a dvd version of the plays will also be available. the 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 is 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 my own life with the herstory and mythology of my jamaican heritage, this monodrama storytelling brings a cast of characters on the stage, each with their own distinct personality and voice. the individual works have been produced and performed in various theatres internationally and each play stands on its own merit. the first time i performed each of the trilogy monodramas, collectively in one venue was 2011 at tarragon theatre. audiences had the immediate pleasure of reflecting upon the fluidity of time, and the connection between past and present, as they attended each part of the sankofa trilogy.
the art(is)t shaman sessions
is an ongoing exploration of our sacred gatherings at the crossroads of the life, art, ritual, healing and magick primarily in the lives of continental and diasporic african womben and wimmin of colour. i conceptualized the project as an extension of research around the sorplusi methodology; the project engages black wimmin and womben of color through ritual gatherings that explore their processes of (w)holistic self-actualization. the asp collective comprises of hawa mire, rania el mugammar, natasha adiyana morris and chiedza pasipanodya. the sessions happens monthly on the last tuesday of the month. the march gathering happens on march 25th, 2014. visit the art(is)t shaman sessions for more info
dare to wear love
dare to wear love is a yearly fundraiser for the stephen lewis foundation and i get to contribute my storytelling to help raise funds. for more information on this year’s dare to wear love which will be on friday march 28th, 2014 visit http://www.blog.daretowearlove.com/
speaker at waldorf academy
feature at sassl performance event
keynote speaker at the feminist art conference
WATAH womb arts academy of healing
art(is)t shaman sessions
shemurenga black supah shero comic
the sorplusi method
d’bi. bandcamp artworks site