Welcome to My Blog

Artist Statement

Hello, my name is d'bi.young anitafrika and welcome to my Blog. 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 model 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. 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. - d'bi.young anitafrika

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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.