Azimuth Performance Lab presents The Anitafrika Method with d’bi.young anitafrika

Chinook - Studio A
10330 84 Avenue NW
T6E 2G9


Sat 16 Feb 2019 09:00 (480 minutes)

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Saturday, February 16, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, February 17: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This Intensive is ASL/English Accessible

The Anitafrika Method is a critical and creative autoethnographic praxis inspired by the foundational work of Dub poets Anita Stewart and ahdri zhina mandiela. Devised by D’bi Young Anitafrika, the method emerges from Jamaica’s socio-political Dub culture (music, poetry and theatre) and is informed by decolonial queer Black feminisms, intersectionality, pan-Africanisms and Black diaspora spiritualities. It aims at providing arts practitioners — particularly those who identify as womxn and BIQTPOC (Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, People of Colour) — with a reflexive social justice framework to enact in art making. The Anitafrika Method is an approach to performance training, creative devising and self-development that provides the practitioner with tools to navigate the entanglement of gender, race, class, sexuality and ability in our art practice and in our lives. The method has been utilised by Nightwood TheatreThe Stephen Lewis Foundation, The Banff Centre, University of Toronto, Ryerson and York Universities, MaRSWomen's College Hospital, and other institutions globally.

The acronym S.P.O.L.R.U.S.I.E represents the method's nine foundational principles of Self-knowledge, Politics, Orality, Language, Rhythm, Urgency, Sacredness, Integrity and Experience balanced by nine bodies: Beyond Body, Spiritual, Mental, Community, Emotional, Economic, Creative, Physical and Earth Body. Workshop exercises comprise of physicalising, vocalising, writing, dialoguing, meditating, reflecting, critically analysing and devising. Over the course of the workshop practitioners reflect upon their own lived experience, as a catalyst to creating new work, using the Anitafrika Method as guide.

Participants should wear clothing fit for movement and bring a notebook and pen.

This Intensive is offered on a sliding scale in the spirit of pay-what-you-will.

Full price $175, minimum $50.

Email if $50 is still prohibitive to your participation.

Note: An Event Fee is applicable - Service Fee $3.00
Type Price(s) Quantity
Option 1 $175.00
Option 2 $125.00
Option 3 $75.00
Option 4 $50.00