DECEMBER 2019 | Volume 186
She, Mami Wata & The Pussy WitchHunt
by d'bi young anitafrika
The Frank Theatre
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Performance Works, Granville Island
Jan. 29-Feb. 1
www.pushfestival.ca or 604-449-6000
Written and performed by d'bi young anitafrika
The Frank Theatre presents the West Coast Canadian Premiere of She, Mami Wata& The Pussy WitchHunt. This Dora Award-Winning show takes on gender, sexuality, and the erotic in present-day Jamaica. Written and performed by d’bi young anitafrika, this piece celebrates the life of four friends – Niki, Michael, Kizzy and Everdon – as they navigate their complex relationships against the backdrop of misogyny and homophobia.
Powered by music, DJ Softieshan drops beats and loops that bring the iconic sounds of dancehall to the stage. Queer, erotic, and centred on Black voices, this show is another testament to d'bi young’s soaring talent as a multidisciplinary artist.
"This play is powerful" says Artistic Director Fay Nas, "d'bi's work continues to serve as an inspiration for queer narratives that exist outside of the Eurocentric framework".
"She Mami is scorching theatre" - NOW Toronto Magazine
★★★★ - DORA AWARD WINNER OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE
1218 CARTWRIGHT ST,
VANCOUVER, BC V6H 3R8
JAN 29 - FEB 1, 2020
SHOW TIME: 8PM
90 MINS, NO INTERMISSION
BOX OFFICE: WWW.PUSHFESTIVAL.CA
d’bi. young anitafrika
From touring the world as a Dubpoet, to being heralded as a Womxn of Distinction in the Arts, the creative endeavours of Jamaican Canadian D’bi Young Anitafrika are globally celebrated. A triple Dora award-winning artist, Anitafrika is also the creator of the intersectional Black feminist praxis — the Anitafrika Method. She is the founding Artistic Director Emeritus of the Watah Theatre, where she taught emerging and established BIQTPOC artists in Canada (2008-2018), and the founding Creative Director of the Anitafrika Retreat Centre where she teaches artists globally. Anitafrika is currently engaged in postgraduate studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is researching the Praxes, Politics and Pedagogies of Black Performance and the Anitafrika Method as a renewed approach to artistic training and development.
the frank theatre
the frank‘s mission is to explore what it means to be queer, and the place of queer individuals in society, by creating, developing, producing and presenting theatrical work that places queer issues on a global canvas. These are works wherein issues of queer marginalization intersect with other types of marginalization: i.e. economic, racial, gender, political. We embrace diversity of all kinds, encourage and nurture queer youth, and strive to build bridges between all socially marginalized groups and between queer and non-queer communities.
Written and performed by d’bi young anitafrika | Directed by Fay Nass | Featuring Shanique Kelly a.k.a DJ Softieshan | Sound Design by Miquelin Rodriguez | Costumes by C.S. Fergusson-Vaux | Set & Props by Jenn Stewart | Lighting by Jillian White | Stage Management by Heather Barr
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