July – November 2021
photo: Bevan Roos
A huge doll – Little Amal, will walk from the Turkey-Syria border to Manchester. Kinitiras is among her friends and will participate in her reception in Greece.
• A 3.5 meter tall doll in the form of a nine-year-old refugee girl will travel 8,000 km, crossing Turkey and Europe. • Little Amal is a powerful symbol for the millions of displaced child refugees.
September 2 in Athens
Alone in an unknown city, in a land rooted in the myths of ancient gods, Little Amal feels fear. Which direction should she take? What if she loses her way forever? She ties a string of bright red thread to a nearby lamppost so she can trace her path as she walks through town. Soon many people come to join her, all holding their own thread. The entire city will be invited to join her, to co-create a vibrant, collaborative piece of public art.
Kinitiras will take the thread of an old myth and give it new form.
The red thread procession passes through the center of the city, towards Technopolis where Amal is confronted by a minotaur, which is inspired by Picasso’s bull of Guernica and is a creation of UNIMA Hellas. Amal’s fear grows and she wants to escape, but there is no way. She faces the beast. Now the minotaur is afraid of Amal. Can the two negotiate their fear and become friends?
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Following the international success of The Jungle, Good Chance Theatre in collaboration with the world-renowned creators of Warhorse, Handspring Puppet Company, will present their most ambitious work to date, The Walk, from July to November 2021.
The heart of the Walk is a 3.5 meter tall doll in the form of a nine-year-old girl, Little Amal, who travels more than 8,000 km across Turkey and Europe to find her mother. A powerful symbol for the millions of displaced refugee children who have been separated from their families. Carrying the urgent message “Don’t forget us”, Amal will start from the Syrian-Turkey border and travel through Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and France to reach the UK, shining a light on the stories of the refugee children she represents.
Along the route, more than 70 towns, communities and villages will welcome Little Amal with artistic activities – from street parades and public music, dance and theatre performances to small community events.
Every step of this journey will be recorded and available online, giving viewers from around the world the opportunity to share the story of Little Amal and the thousands of other people she will meet along the way.
As part of the “Countries in Exile” program, distinguished Syrian artists will create new public art works for many of the points along the Amal route. At the heart of these works will be the concept of exile, inviting the public to question what it is that we call “home”. A large educational program will run along with the artistic activities of the Walk. Before, after and during her journey, Little Amal will meet with young people from communities, refugee and non-refugee, through creative learning programs, specially designed for each of her stops.
The Walk will culminate in a major outdoor participatory event at the Manchester International Festival in November 2021.
You can find more information here.