my name is d'bi.young anitafrika. For the past decade I have been diligently crafting a framework, a praxis, a method, an approach to artistic training & human development that is grounded in integrity, intersectionality, feminism, love & the awareness of the complexities of oppression & how we proliferate it. Hundreds of artists & people globally, have co-created the growth of the Anitafrika Method by participating in my National & International Artist Residencies through ongoing workshops at the Anitafrika Dub Theatre followed by Yemoya, followed by The Watah School & Theatre & now the Anitafrika Retreat Centre. The world has been my lab.
The feedback I have received from these artists & change-makers is that the method works as not only a tool for social change but also as a new Integrity-Based, decolonialist praxis for artistic training & development. As I reflect on the choices I made over a decade ago to preserve my own artistic integrity & to embark on a sacred journey of finding myself which resulted in finding the Anitafrika Method, I thank the ancestors for their ever-present guidance.
Now I have a deep calling to further develop this sacred work through postgraduate studies. I begin a Masters in Word Theatres at Goldsmiths, Uiversity of London in fall 2018. Currently there is an ongoing fundraiser on the Go Fund Me platform to help pay the tuition and living expenses while I study. I want to understand how to contextualize the Anitafrika Method in a World Theatres environment and how to theorize-into-practice the intersectional anti-oppression framework that I am cultivating. I want to dig deeper into exploring the relationship between intergenerational trauma and the Black body and I want to expand on healing practices for the traumatized Black body using the Anitafrika Method (the intended focus of my PhD in Theatre, once I complete the MA). Studying world theatrical traditions through a critical intersectional, anti-oppression, decolonialist lens is what I am seeking, in order to expand my work, and I welcome your support. I hope that as we find our way through the fog of the present moment, we will embrace new systems of artistic training & development that rupture old systems of oppression. Please Contribute to my campaign. And If You Dare To, Please Share Too. spread the word. - d'bi.young anitafrika
Current & Upcoming Interests
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- d'bi.young anitafrika Keynotes the Canadian Writers Summit, along with Thompson Highway and Virginia Pésémapéo-Bordeleau
- Pre-order Memoir of an Ugly Duckling: My Life Art & an autobiography Method an autobiography by d'bi.young anitafrika
- Listen to d'bi.young anitafrika on CBC's q
- Listen to d'bi.young anitafrika on CBC's Ideas
- Watch d'bi.young's poem Black Womxn
- Yemoya International Artist Residency