Response to she at FemFest

It was a captivating performance.

In she, Jamaican-Canadian artist d’bi.young takes us on a politically-charged narrative that peeks into the lives and struggles of black Canadian women and challenges patriarchal, colonialist ideas of what it means to be a woman.

She is a play in development by the young artist from Toronto, who works in a genre she calls biomyth monodrama, which, as she explained after the performance, mixes biographical truths with poetic license to create a symbolic but deeply personal performance.

This play was rich, earthy beautiful and sincere. young’s physicality was expert. She was captivating as she tumbled around as an energetic young child, and carried her energy throughout the performance, as she introduced us to a variety of captivating women, interspersed throughout a flowing rhythmic monologue. young’s body and voice moved to an enchanting internal beat throughout the performance.

I thoroughly enjoyed she and the discussion with the audience that took place afterward, during which young asked for feedback to help her continue to develop the piece. With more work, she can only get better as young works to perfect her piece, and I’m excited to see what young has in store for her audiences in the near future.

-Sandy Klowak

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