We are seeking to build a dynamic collective of diverse voices and artistic backgrounds to develop a collectively created docu-theatre piece to be publicly presented in July 2017.
“Post No Bills” asks the question: What are the consequences of living in a city that chooses not to remember its past?
The instigator for this piece: a recent archaeological excavation of a parking lot near Toronto’s New City Hall, conducted to make way for city’s new state-of-the-art Courthouse of Justice.
The site, and the surrounding area, once known as St. John’s Ward, is pulsing with memory: memories of Indigenous lives from pre-colonial days, memories of Toronto’s earliest Black community, many of whom were refugee slaves who fled to Canada via the Underground Railroad, memories of what became Toronto’s first robust immigrant neighbourhood, with families of Irish, Italian, Chinese, African and Russian-Jewish descent living side by side in a time when intermingling was feared.
Why was this neighbourhood torn down? Why do we know so little about the Ward or about this land before it was a city? Who are we now? What will we choose to remember or forget?
We looking for collaborators who are interested in investigating their relationship to this place we call Toronto and its past, who are interested in working across communities and who enjoy the collaborative process of collective creation.
The creation process will begin in early November as a series 4-hour weekly rehearsals in downtown Toronto that will be held on the same day and time each week. Longer periods of rehearsal and development will be scheduled for 2017 leading up its public presentation in July.
This collective is built on artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. As such, we strongly encourage submissions from all artists, especially those who self-identify as culturally diverse. We champion artists who represent the entire spectrum of identities and abilities.
“Post No Bills” will be presented in association with Then They Fight’s Then Speak series, a programming of works created in response to Canada’s 150th anniversary.
To be considered please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
a) Your resume
b) A headshot
c) A brief statement about why you are interested in becoming part of this project
Please share with us whether you have experience in physical theatre and/or collective creation.
Deadline to submit: October 28th 2016. Early submissions are encouraged. This productio
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