The intention, creatively, for the artists is to explore the aesthetic of promenade collective creation with a politically focused and entertainment endgame in mind.
How does ensemble work in this format? Project Director/co-creator David Ferry has done a fair amount of site specific and found space creation as well as outdoor theatre (former artistic director of Resurgence Theatre Company) and has been invited to participate in the ‘Making and Breaking’ workshop at 2012 Summerworks, which is a workshop in site specific and found space theatre. He will be using the experience working with practitioners from Canada and abroad to investigate potential solutions to challenges to this project. The eventual constituency for this project will be the whole city of Toronto, and in particular the African-Canadian community. We believe that this story is a great story of a community within a community and an inspirational one. We also believe that the piece will be important to the neighborhood we hope to eventually perform it in (an area bounded by Harbord, Palmerston, Brunswick, Bloor.) This neighborhood where Mr. Jackson delivered mail was also one in which he lived. He was an owner or six or seven houses in the hood over the years. We hope to include at least one of them in our promenade. There is also a ‘Albert Jackson’ lane that we hope to start and end our promenade in.