d'bi.young anitafrika: Concrete Jungle

Photo: Jakub Fulin
Photo: Jakub Fulin
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Concrete Jungle (2019) by d'bi.young anitafrika is a poetic movement-monodrama on Blackness, imprisonment and death. As Afrofuturism meets dub poetry and dub theatre in a state of mythic witchery, Concrete Jungle defies linearity of time and space, occupying an abstract suspension in our psyche through a soundscape of electronic Afro-spiritual dubs scored by Mohammed Rowe, asking us to question our understanding of Emancipation.

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

Please note this performance contains partial nudity.

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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