d’bi. features at york university’s creative writing series jan 14, 2015.

d'biyoung reads at York University

Creative Writing Reading Series York University
PRESENTS
Author d’bi.young anitafrika

Wednesday, January 14 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm Founders College Room 305

ALL ARE WELCOME

d’bi.young anitafrika is an internationally celebrated African-Jamaican-Canadian dub-artist, arts-educator and emerging theatre director. Her trans-disciplinary explorations of identity, gender, sexuality and the human experience have made an indelible mark upon the Canadian & global cultural landscape. She is the published author of eleven plays, two collections of poetry, six dubpoetry albums and is anthologized in numerous publications worldwide. Her achievements include the Canadian Poet of Honor accolade and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

d’bi. is the Artistic Director of YEMOYA International Artist and her latest creation is The Watah School, a not-for-profit w/holistic artist development institute in Toronto, Canada. Her mission is to nurture the artist as healer, mentor and keeper of the sacred.

d’bi will be reading from her new play Ssshe Mami Wata.

Presented by the Creative Writing Program in collaboration with the Department of English. For more information, contact Andrea Thomas at acthomas@yorku.ca.
Light refreshments will be served.

Images by Wade Biblical Hudson and Noncedo Charmaine
www.dbi333.com

More Opportunity to Support The Watah School… IndieGoGo Invites Watah School To Continue Its Funding Drive…

After a successful funding campaign closing out 2014, The Watah School begins the new year with renewed vigor. We have been invited by IndieGoGo to continue accepting your contributions to building The Watah School. It takes an incredible amount of resources to provide tuition-free training without any private or government funding. The Watah School depends on your individual generousity to continue our mentorship.

Please visit

WWW.TINYURL.COM/WATAHOURROOTS

to continue supporting love-o-lutionary works of (he)art!!!

THANK YOU FROM THE DEPTHS OF OUR BEING FOR THE LOVE!!!

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Black Skins White Masks performed by the Performing Arts Training Intensive, directed by d’bi.young anitafrika and composed by PRIM3TIM3 LIV3, is inspired by Frantz Fanon’s book of said title. The piece is a movement based artistic exploration of our collective humanity and was presented at The Watah School’s Mikey Smith Raw Works Festival in December 2014.
Images by Anthony Gebrehiwot and Anique Jordan

Watah Offers It’s First Workshop of 2015 | My Womb Song: Womb-Healing, Self-Mastery & Cultivating The Sacred-Self | Register Now!!!

womb song workshop

My Womb Song is a seven week workshop at The Watah School that explores womb-healing, self-mastery and cultivating the sacred-self using the Sorplusi Method, facilitated by D’bi.young Anitafrika. The workshop runs weekly every THURSDAY from JANUARY 29 to MARCH 12, 2015 5:00pm-7:00pm. WORKSHOP FEE is $700.

My Womb Song using the sorplusi method
facilitated by d’bi.young anitafrika
DURATION: 7 consecutive weeks
TIME: 2 hrs weekly with class + one 1 hr private mentorship session with d’bi.
PLACE: the watah school toronto canada
REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mywombsong
CONTACT: register@watah.org
http://www.watah.org
Image by Wade Hudson

d’bi. writes new play exploring african mythological snake god/dess Mami Wata…

ssshe mami wata flyer

The Audre Lorde Festival – March 2015 at The Watah School

The Audre Lorde Works-In-Progress Festival is named in honour of self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” African-Caribbean-Americanr/evolutionary Audre Lorde. The 2nd annual festival of The Watah School, Audre Lorde Fest features the trans-disciplinary works-in-progress of almost 40 artists-in-residence sharing almost 35 new works of art, continuing on from the Mikey Smith Raw Works Festival (www.mikeysmithfestival.wordpress.com).

Curated by Watah’s Artistic Director, d’bi.young anitafrika, the showcase will also feature her new play ‘Ssshe Mami Watah’ about the life of a young Black queer womban living in present-day Jamaica named She. Raised in the violence and silence of homophobia and homosexuality, She lives on the margins of church, the GoGo Club and wimmin’s thighs; protected and provoked by the ancient mythic presence of the African snake god/dess Mami Wata. Womban meets church meets queer meets Black meets magick in this cauldron of chaos and salvation.

Audre Lorde (born Audrey Geraldine Lorde, February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was an African-Caribbean-American writer, radical feminist, womanist, lesbian, and civil rights activist. Lorde served as an inspiration to women worldwide, one of her most notable efforts being her activist work with Afro-German women in the 1980s. Her identity as a Black lesbian put her in a unique position to speak on issues surrounding civil rights, feminism, and oppression. She died of breast cancer in 1992, at the age of 58. (From Wikipedia).

Venues: The Watah School
9 Trinity Street #317
Distillery Historic District
Toront Ontario Canada

Date: March 2015
FREE Youth Arts Day TBA
Wholistic Health Day TBA

Info: admin@watah.org / 416.868.9282
Image: Noncedo Charmaine

Watah Offers It’s First Workshop of 2015 | My Womb Song: Womb-Healing, Self-Mastery & Cultivating The Sacred-Self | Register Now!!!

womb song workshop

My Womb Song is a seven week workshop at The Watah School that explores womb-healing, self-mastery and cultivating the sacred-self using the Sorplusi Method, facilitated by D’bi.young Anitafrika. The workshop runs weekly every THURSDAY from JANUARY 29 to MARCH 12, 2015 5:00pm-7:00pm. WORKSHOP FEE is $700.

My Womb Song using the sorplusi method
facilitated by d’bi.young anitafrika
DURATION: 7 consecutive weeks
TIME: 2 hrs weekly with class + one 1 hr private mentorship session with d’bi.
PLACE: the watah school toronto canada
REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/mywombsong
CONTACT: register@watah.org
http://www.watah.org
Image by Wade Hudson

Apply To Watah Trans-Disiciplinary Arts Institute For 2015 Admission…

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The Watah School is a Trans-Disciplinary Arts Institute that nurtures the artist as healer, mentor & keeper of the sacred using The Sorplusi Method Originated by d’bi.young anitafrika.
Apply now for 2015 admission:
Trans-Disciplinary Artist Program (TAP) https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/tap2015to2016
Performing Arts Training Intensive (PATI)
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pati2015to2016
YEMOYA Intl Artist Residency
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/yemoyahawaii2015

photo by Anthony Gebrehiwot of The Performing Arts Training Intensive Mikey Smith Raw Works Fest 2014 'Black Skins White Masks' 
by Frantz Fanon

Day 6 Of The Mikey Smith Raw Works Festival Features d’bi.young, moon anitafrika, Oakwood Youth Theatre & Performing Arts Training Intensive!!! Not To Be Missed!!!

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SATURDAY DECEMBER 20, 2014 @ MIKEY SMITH RAW WORKS FESTIVAL

DAY PROGRAM

Saturday December 20, 2014 | 1PM-4PM | FREE ADMISSION

Watah Our Roots Youth Arts Day
Featured Artists: Nydia Dauphin . Oakwood Library Youth Theatre . Clover Fannin . Sashoya Simpson . Moon Anitafrika’s Premiere Book Launch . Domanique Grant

NIGHT PROGRAM
Saturday December 20, 2014 | 7PM-10:30PM | $10
Featured Artists: d’bi.young anitafrika & Waleed Abdulhamid . Performing Arts Training Intensive (PATI Skins & Masks Directed by d’bi. Composed by PrymTym)

TICKETS: http://www.mikeysmithfestival.eventbrite.ca
https://www.facebook.com/events/307189036142770/?pnref=story
http://www.mikeysmithfestival.wordpress.com
http://www.watah.org