diaspora Dub

60 mins
Toronto / Caribbean

Oct. 9 @ 4pm

In 1991 b current launched with the world’s first mounting of this dub theatre script by Ahdri Zhina Mandiela. As part of its 25th anniversary, photographer Michael Chamber joins in this re-imagining performance/ installation that combines the rhythms and dramatic choral repetitions of dub poetry with choreographed movement.

Building on a new tradition to support our belief that “our Panamericanism includes Canada”, Aluna is thrilled to present b current as our RUTAS 2016 local guest company.

Extending over decades of “social/political/economic events and emotion influencing the psycholgical make-up of the black psyche”, a woman reminisces about her past in the Caribbean and then turns to present day life in Canada. This new production and installation will incorporate public intervention performance with a visual homage to the movers and shakers of Toronto’s Black diasporas over the 25 years of b current’s history through parading imagery and photographic textiles.

Cast & Credits
ahdri zhina mandiela
installation curation
Michael Chambers
performance and works
seminal Black Canadian Artists TBA
About The Artist

For over 24 years, b current has produced outside of the box performance pieces, ideas, workshops, and mainstage productions. We splashed onto the scene in 1991, when ahdri zhina mandiela founded the company, and we brought to Toronto the first ever production of a Dub Theatre script, mandiela’s dark diaspora… in dub. The kinetic artistic energy from this fuelled our pioneer work feeding and shaping the future of Canadian performance art through culturally-rooted creation. Since inception, b current has developed scores of internationally celebrated artists and their works, with a focus always on engaging the community and creating space for diverse voices to be heard.