Benu

  • Saturday, February 6, 2010 15h00
    Saturday, February 6, 2010 20h00
    Tuesday, February 9, 2010 20h00
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010 20h00
    Thursday, February 11, 2010 20h00
    Friday, February 12, 2010 20h00
    Saturday, February 13, 2010 15h00
    Saturday, February 13, 2010 20h00
    Sunday, February 14, 2010 15h00
    3700, rue Saint-Dominique
    Montréal (Québec)
    • In person

“Few performers have the raw charisma of d’bi.young, her ability to command attention every second she’s on stage… (benu is) a riveting journey through her psyche, equal parts blood and magic.” —Serafin Lariviere, Eye Weekly

Having recently given birth and now negotiating her own mortality, benu, a 30 year old woman, contemplates life and death. Her blood pressure mysteriously rises, like a phoenix, in a Toronto hospital, triggering a series of strange physical and mental ailments that lead her down a path of fear, discovery, and renewal. Reality meets myth, magic meets ritual, and a bio-myth-o-graphical narrative unfolds in firesome ways, paralleling the mythology of the Egyptian predecessor to the phoenix, the benu bird.

d’bi.young is an Afrikan-Jamaican-Canadian visionary who has performed, published, and lectured internationally. An award-winning dubpoet, writer, and theatre practitioner, she has produced five dubpoetry albums, authored two dubpoetry collections and is the playwright/performer of the published double Dora Award-winning, one-person show blood.claat. d’bi.young recently launched the radical arts centre anitAFRIKA! dub theatre and she is presently completing her first non-fiction on dubpoetry and dubtheatre.

A La Chapelle and Festival Voix d’Amériques coprésentation. An anitAFRIKA! dub theatre production.

  • Text and actor:
    Direction: Natasha Mytnowych
    Music composition and performance: Tova Kardonne
    Lighting: Kimberly Purtell