d’bi.young anitafrika Teams Up With Brilliant Emerging Photographer Anthony Gebrehiwot For She Mama Wata Photoshoot
d’bi.young anitafrika, Artistic Director of The Watah School, is an internationally celebrated African-Jamaican-Canadian dub-artist, arts-educator and emerging theatre director, whose Pan-African trans-disciplinary explorations of identity, gender, sexuality, class and the human experience, continue to make an indelible mark upon the Canadian & global cultural landscape. Her travels have taken her to Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia, North America, Europe & the United Nations, providing her with a world-wide lab to experiment with and expand upon her Sorplusi Methodology. d’bi. is the published author of eleven plays, two collections of poetry, six dub poetry albums and is anthologized in numerous publications worldwide. Heavily lauded for her work as an artist and leader, she is the recipient of the Toronto Vital People award, Canadian Poet of Honor accolade, two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the KM Hunter Theatre Award, and the Mayor’s Arts Council Award. d’bi. is the Artistic Director of YEMOYA International Artist Residency & the program designer-facilitator of the Arts Academy of The Stephen Lewis Foundation. Her latest artistic creation is the monodrama She Mami Wata & The Pussy WitchHunt directed and dramaturged by Owen Blakka Ellis.
Ssshe Mami Wata & The Pussy Witch/Hunt is a modern adult fable that speaks to gender, sexuality, divinity and their connection to the erotic snake dance of the ancient African God/dess Mami Wata. The monodrama chronicles the life of a queer-church-going-erotic-dancer living in present day Jamaica who is touched by the ancient African God/dess Mami Wata. Ssshe Mami Wata premieres March 2015 in The Audre Lorde Works-In-Progress Festival at Dancemakers Centre For Creation. Purchase Tickets In Advance Here
The production is delightful and disturbing as it dances delicately between the irreverent interrogation of established narratives and the passionate celebration of the feminine sacred. And it’s fun! says director Owen Blakka Ellis.
Anthony Gebrehiwot is a professional photographer and community leader based in Scarborough Ontario. He works under two emerging social enterprises, RISE (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) and XvXy Photo. At the age of 25, Anthony has helped put on several empowering events for thousands of youth over the past two years and has worked with some of Toronto’s most powerful and well rounded artists (Che Kothari, Kardinal Offishal, Jalani Morgan, Emmanuel Jal and many more).