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d'bi.young anitafrika Artist Talk & Book Launch

d'bi.young anitafrika
Artist Talk & Book Launch


Soulpepper Theatre is excited to co-present an artist talk and book launch of dubbin poetry: the collected poems of d'bi.young anitafrika in our Tank House Theatre on Friday, September 8th from 7-9 PM. d'bi.young anitafrika will be performing poetry from their book and engaging the audience in a conversation about their artistic practice and the creation of this new book. Copies of the book will be available for sale. You do not want to miss this special event!

All are welcome to attend - RSVP to attend below.


d’bi.young anitafrika, a nonbinary African-Xaymacan-Tkarontonian playwright-performer, scholar and activist, champions liberatory art practices. The celebrated three-time Dora Award winner is renowned for their contributions to theatre and performance. With a diverse portfolio that includes twelve plays, seven albums, and four collections of poetry, anitafrika's influence extends globally. Their PhD research explores how Black womxn theatre-makers in Canada foster decolonial praxes and transformative pedagogies through performance, advancing their Anitafrika Method, a Black-queer-feminist paradigm derived from Anita Stewart's dub theory.

For twenty years, anitafrika has produced literary and theatrical works, pioneered a decolonial framework, and launched Black-queer-feminist ventures such as fiwi aat space, anitafrika dub theatre, Spolrusie Press, Watah Theatre, and the Ubuntu! Decolonial Arts Centre. These initiatives offer decolonial artist-mentorship opportunities that have nurtured hundreds of artists globally. anitafrika’s latest onstage role in Trey Anthony’s ‘da kink in my hair as Stacey-Anne garnered their most recent Dora nomination.

At present, anitafrika is involved in multiple impactful projects: they're curating an anthology of Anita Stewart's writings alongside their own collection of plays, authoring an inaugural monograph on the subject of Black womxn's theatre in Canada, and spearheading the establishment of the Ubuntu! Decolonial Arts Centre in Costa Rica, poised to be a global platform for artists to explore and practice decolonial arts. d'bi.young anitafrika is excited to guide the Decolonial Performance Praxis & Biomyth Monodrama Module at the 2023 Soulpepper Theatre Academy.


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