previously housed in a beautifully renovated 1400 sq ft loft in toronto canada’s liberty village, anitafrika dub theatre was founded in summer 2008 by d’bi.young, as an intersection of radical creativity, activity, and thought. under the mentorship of visionary dub aatist ahdri zhina mandiela, d’bi.young began theorizing her then developing sorplusi method of storytelling and testing those theories through a free artist residency program she created and ran out of the theatre. other adt theatre initiatives included performance training sessions, administrative workshops, and ongoing arts festivals.
anitafrika dub theatre’s present incarnation as a part of the YEMOYA international artist residency, represents the main performance space for productions emerging from the institute. we envision constructing an intimate 500 seater theatre with a malleable and flexible design so as to accommodate diverse theatre styles and aesthetics, such as theatre in the round, audiences incorporated into the ‘stage,’ and the option of removing conventional chair seating.
this physical anitafrika dub theatre building is a part of the long-term vision of YEMOYA.