d'bi.young anitafrika: Concrete Jungle

Photo: Jakub Fulin
Photo: Jakub Fulin
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Concrete Jungle (2019), d'bi.young anitafrika's latest performance piece, is a 45-minute biomyth monodrama about a young queer Jamaican immigrant womxn’s experiences in London. She navigates her mental wellness amidst personal fears concerning her physical wellbeing and global anxieties regarding the future of humanity. Pushing her body to its ultimate physical limit — simultaneously imprisoned and emancipated — the womxn finds salvation, through a musical landscape of ambient electronic moods, classic dub poetry, and old-school reggae rhythms. As Afrofuturism meets dub poetry and dub theatre in a state of mythic witchery, the solo performance piece defies linearity of time and space, moving from the Caribbean to the UK to Africa and back again; traversing dreamscape, reality and a spell-binding ancestral plane. Concrete Jungle is at once physical theatre, a dub poetic art intervention, and a right of passage of ritual recovery.

Concrete Jungle is scored by London's Mohammed Rowe and Cape Town's Sakhile Moleshe.

Join the artist for a conversation with Jade Foster following the performance.

d’bi.young anitafrika, is a queer Black feminist artist. Canadian Poet of Honor, YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Arts, and three-time Dora Award winning playwright-performer, d’bi.young is internationally celebrated for her work as a Dub poet, monodramatist, director and educator. She is the founding Artistic Director Emeritus of the Watah Theatre for emerging and established BIQTPOC artists and the founding Creative Director of the Anitafrika Retreat Centre. Addressing issues of gender, sexuality, race, class and the human experience, d’bi.young has written, performed and published four collections of poetry, nine plays and seven Dub poetry albums. She is currently engaged in postgraduate studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, researching Black feminist Performance and the Anitafrika Method - a decolonial arts praxis. d'bi.young's latest projects include her newly published dubbin poetry: the collected poems of d’bi.young anitafrika, concrete jungle - a new monodrama exploring entangled identities, and dubbin theatre: the collected plays of d’bi.young anitafrika (2020).

Jade Foster is a Black queer Artist-Curator interested in Sound, Performance, and Photography in relation to black diasporic narratives. They were a speaker and panelist during Contemporary Melanin Narratives in Sound and Music at The Tetley, supported by The Centre for Practice Research in the Arts (CePRA), University of Leeds; and curated (In)Visible Bodies: Artist Talk, an in conversation with artists Jade Montserrat, Rebekah Ubuntu, and Vivian Chinasa Ezugha. Jade works with Derby QUAD/FORMAT on Africa – Here, There & Everywhere (HTE) and as the creative programme coordinator at New Art Exchange.

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