Trauma and the Black Body

#wakandaforever I have been thinking deeply about trauma and the way trauma impacts our entire humanity, in fact our entire planet; the intersectionality of trauma & the necessity for trauma recovery approaches to be grounded in anti-oppression. Working with myself and artists over the past 20 years, the root that we always end up digging up is #trauma. Trauma is generally defined as ‘a deeply disturbing and distressing physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, and or spiritual experience that impacts a person or group long after the traumatic incident or period.’ Where does this definition leave us all in this world of interconnected overlapping & intersecting systems of oppression? Are we all traumatized? And if we are all functioning from a place of trauma and don’t know it, how do we begin to heal? This is what I am interested in, through theatre, through activism, through poetry & through academia. I look at my entire body of creative work & I see an ongoing conversation about the impact of trauma & our possibilities to heal. I look at the #anitafrikamethod & it’s application as a mind-body healing modality, & it too targets trauma recovery. I want to innerstand & explore the theories around trauma & the #black body especially #blackwomen & sexual trauma. #growth#spolrusie #mentalwellness #black #watah #traumarecovery#strongblackwoman #study #ptss #newbeginnigs #blackgirljoy #blacktheory

d'bi.young anitafrika

From touring the world as a Dubpoet, to curating international residencies for artists in North and South America, Africa and Europe, to being heralded as a Womxn of Distinction in the Arts, the creative endeavors of African Jamaican D’bi Young Anitafrika are globally celebrated. A triple Dora award-winning published playwright-performer (of nine plays, seven books and seven Dubpoetry albums), director-dramaturge and educator-scholar, Anitafrika is also the creator of the intersectional, decolonial, queer Black feminist praxis — the Anitafrika Method. She is the founding Artistic Director Emeritus of the Watah Theatre where she taught emerging and established BIQTPOC artists in Canada (2008-2018) and the founding Creative Director of the Anitafrika Retreat Centre where she teaches artists globally. Addressing issues of gender, sexuality, race, class and the human experience, through her radical interdisciplinary arts practices, Anitafrika is currently engaged in postgraduate studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, researching the Processes, Politics and Pedagogies of Black Performance, the Anitafrika Method and Theatre of Ritual (Self) Recovery.