Walk with Amal

The Walk & Education

An arts festival under the auspices and coordination of Good Chance Theatre from the United Kingdom

 

Free internet workshops for educators and youth group facilitators

 

Walk with Amal 

A 3,5 meter high puppet with the form of a 9-year-old refugee girl will travel for 8.000 klm,
crossing Turkey and Europe, from July to November 2021.

The Walk with Amal is a mobile - peripatetic arts festival where a multitude of state, humanitarian and artistic institutions and organisations participate, from European as well as Asian countries under the auspices and coordination of Good Chance from the United Kingdom.

Amal will be walking in Greece in August-September 2021 (specific dates will be announced), in a great march which in our country will set off from Chios island, will continue to Piraeus, Athens, Eleusina, Larissa, Trikala and will conclude in Ioannina and Igoumenitsa before departing for Italy. 

In every stop, we are planning to cooperate closely with the artistic community of each place and the scheduling and hosting of events which will showcase the cultural wealth of the city and will promote it to the international audience that follows closely Amal's walk in person or online.

For more on the international project, see here.


Educational project
Free online workshops
for educators and
youth group facilitators

An important part of this entire initiative is the educational project "One step forward", which will take place alongside the artistic activities of The Walk. Before, after but also during her walk, little Amal will bring young people in touch with each other through projects of creative learning, aiming to create a worldwide network of educators, organisations and groups.


 

The Walk in Greece

Amal in Athens

Amal in Athens

Athens, 2-3/9/2021

Event date: 9/2/2021 - 9/3/2021 Export event


Athens 2-3/9/2021
The City and Its Labyrinth

20:00 Asomaton Square, Thisio
21:00 Technopolis City of Athens*
*All events have free admission. Especially for the event in Technopolis City of Athens, a reservation is made due to limited seats at no extra cost. All COVID-related protocols will be adhered to.

Alone in an unknown city, a land steeped in legends of the old gods, Little Amal becomes afraid. Which direction should she go in? What if she loses her way forever?

She ties a thread of bright red yarn to a lamp post leaving a trail as she walks through the city. Soon others join her, all holding their own thread of yarn. The whole city will be invited to join her, to create a living, collaborative work of public art. An old myth in a new form led by the Kinitiras Artistic Network for Performing Arts.

The red yarn procession makes its way through the city centre toward Technopolis where Amal comes face to face with a minotaur, inspired by the bull of Picasso’s Guernica and created by members UNIMA Hellas accompanied by the music of QUILOMBO. Amal’s fear rises and she wishes she could escape but there is no way. She faces the beast. Now the minotaur is afraid of Amal. Can the two negotiate their fear and befriend each other?

We would like to warmly thank the Municipality of Athens for its valuable support, during Amal's stay in Athens.

Kinitiras Artistic Network: Antigoni Gyra, Afroditi Vervenioti, Christos Theodorou, Artemis Lampiri, Sania Strimpakou, Katerina Skiada, Kostas Giaxoglou, Joe Tornabene, Aliki Avdelopoulou, et al.

UNIMA Hellas: Stathis Markopoulos, Eleni Panagiotou - direction, the entire company - constructions, Erato Sioropoulou, Alexandros Monokandilos, Zeta Sakelariou, Giorgis Iordanidis Grammatikou, Babis Kostidakis, Despina Karouta, Stefania Avramidou, Evi Aresti, Christina Stouraiti, Danae Tombrou, Kiki Maltsaki, Nikos Michopoulos - puppeteers, Quilombo - music, Melina Mascha - lighting


 

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PRODUCTION

The educational project of The Walk is taking place with the collaboration of Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr) and UNHCR Greece, in the context of "it could be me; it could be you" project.

 

Production for the WALK: Good Chance Theatre
Production for Greece: Yolanda Markopoulou / Polyplanity Productions

Educational project coordinator: Dafni Kalafati, walkedugr@gmail.com

Workshop organisation: Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr) and UNHCR Greece, in the context of "it could be me; it could be you" project


Creative Team
Art director Amir Nizar Zuabi
Puppet design & construction Handspring Puppet Company
Puppet handling directors Craig Leo και Enrico Dau Yang Wey
Puppet handling assistant Sarah Wright
Costume designe Annie Symons

Production Stephen Daldry, David Lan, Tracey Seaward, Naomi Webb for Good Chance
Art directors fo Good Chance Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy
Executive producer Kevin Fitzmaurice
General management Sarah Loader
Production management Suzy Hawes
Production design Patrick Glackin
Producer for Turkey Recep Tuna and IKSV
Producer for Greece Yolanda Markopoulou
Producer for Italy Roberto Roberto and Ludovica Tinghi
Producer for France, Switzerland, Belgium & Germany Claire Béjanin
Producer for the United Kingdom Amaya Jeyarajah Dent