The Walk with Little Amal
Complicité welcomes Little Amal at Dover
“no one would leave home
unless home chased you to the shore”
Complicité welcomed Little Amal for The Walk at St Margaret’s Bay in Dover, beneath the White Cliffs. Little Amal, a 3.5 metre-tall puppet of a nine-year old Syrian girl, is walking across Europe to shine a light on the stories of millions of young refugees. More than 15,000 migrants have made the dangerous journey crossing the English Channel, the world’s biggest shipping lane, since the start of 2021.
The Walk, a collaboration between Good Chance and Handspring Puppet Company, is a festival of art following Little Amal’s journey from Turket to UK. Little Amal has travelled through eight countries and been welcomed by hundreds of cultural events in cities, towns and villages all along her route.
Amir Nizar Zuabi, Artistic Director of The Walk, invited Complicité to create a welcome for Little Amal at Dover. Directed by Complicité Associate, Sasha Milavic Davies (everything that rises must dance The Suppliant Women), performed by Toby Sedgwick (A Dog’s Heart; The Noise of Time) and designed by Sarah Mercadé, with text from poet Warsan Shire. The performance of Little Amal’s encounter on the beach explores how human connection transcends borders and oceans.
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A collaboration with Good Chance and Handspring Puppet Company.
Directed by Sasha Milaivc Davies
Performed by Toby Sedgwick
Designed by Sarah Mercadé
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