Doing Our Thing Workshop & Performance
An initiative designed for artists of all disciplines seeking tools and ideas for exploring and incorporating different artistic practices.
The Doing Our Thing workshop provides a mechanism where artists can come together to share tools and techniques that foster collaborative artistic practices. This is the 2nd edition of Doing Our Thing, and explores dance and spoken word/theatre.
Workshop Leaders: Dr. Seika Boye, Dance/Movement and d'bi young anitafika, Artistic Director WATAH Theatre. Workshop will take place from 10am to 6pm. The workshop will take place at Dancemakers - MICHAEL J. BAKER STUDIO # 314 - 15 Case Goods Lane, Studio 301,
10:00am- 12:00pm: Workshop #1 - Dr. Seika Boye
12:15pm - 2:15pm: Workshop #2 - d'bi young anitafika
2:15pm - 3:30pm: Lunch (Provided to participants who have registered for lunch, participants not registered will get lunch on their own)
3:30pm - 5:30pm: Workshop #3 - Investigating movement and words in a collaborative session with d'bi young anitafika and Dr. Seika Boye
5:30pm - 6:00pm: Closing Remarks
The day concludes with an 8PM evening presentation by a roster of inter-generational artistic expressions. The performance will take place at Brigantine Room - Harbourfront Centre - York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.
We had the opportunity to ask Dr. Seika Boye, "How do you balance being both a scholar and an artist?" See her indepth answer below.
Who are our instructors?
Dr. Seika Boye is a dance scholar, artist and advocate. She is a Lecturer at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and Director of the newly established research centre Institute for Dance Studies at the University of the Toronto. Seika’s recent projects include movement dramaturgy for Djanet Sears’ A Black Girl in Search of God (Centaur Theatre/National Arts Centre) and her SSHRC funded doctoral dissertation “Looking for Social Dance in Toronto’s Black Population at Mid-century: A Historiography” was completed in 2016.
Artistic Director of Watah Theatre, d'bi is a black queer feminist Jamaican theatre practitioner, Canadian Poet of Honor, YWCA Womxn of Distinction in the Arts and three-time Dora Award winning Playwright-Performer. She is the author of five books, seven dub albums, seven plays and is the front-womxn of the Afro-Dub-Fusion Band d'bi. & the 333. d'bi has toured nationally and internationally and this bio is just skimming the surface.