One little girl, one big hope
In The Walk we meet ‘Little Amal', a giant puppet representing a young Syrian girl and through her all the displaced children in the world. Little Amal makes a long journey of 8000 kilometres through Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom. This remarkable performance seeks to provide an artistic answer to our troubled times: a cultural odyssey that transcends borders, politics and language.
On 6 and 7 October, Amal will be with us in Brussels for an exceptional artistic stopover! In Brussels, circus artists and dancers create a dance performance around Amal, with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui as artistic advisor. At Abattoirs, the venue of the performance, we discover a little Amal haunted by her memories. All around her, what once seemed normal suddenly appears threatening. The Children's Choir of la Monnaie will be there to celebrate Amal with children, artists and adults all together.
A project of letters from all over the world for Amal is on its way to the National Theatre to give voice to thousands of children. A selection of letters will be read by the children at the Place de la Monnaie in several languages as a closing to these two days in Brussels. Participate and write a letter with your friends, your family or your class!
WEDNESDAY 6 OCT.'21
2:00 pm – Concert "L'arbre-chanson" at La Monnaie Square
By La Monnaie Children’s Choir
2:30 pm – Amal walks on!
Walk from La Monnaie Square to Anderlecht Abattoirs
5:00 pm – Performance "Chased" at Anderlecht Abattoirs
Dancers, parkour and circus artists will come together to create a dance piece exploring Amal’s traumatic memories of home.
Artistic Advisor Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Eastman - Rehearsal Director Oscar Ramos - Music Creation Sara Dziri - Musicians Kapsy N’dia and Tister Ikomo - Costume of little Amal Veerle Van den Wouwer - Dancers & Circus Artists Dries Laukens, Ewa Wróblewska, Jonas Vandekerckhove, Kazutomi "Tsuki" Kozuki, Legett Eimi, Lora Ensing, Luca Tomaselli, Mark Van Den Thillart; Mei Li Dong Páez "Lily", Nabil Dina, Pol Van Den Broek, Rachid Bolahrir, Rania Barhoumi, Rocio Garrat, Stanislas Bruynseels, Thessa Krüger, Tim Laukens, Tom Brewee, Xian Vancanneyt…
THURSDAY 7 OCT.'21
12:00 pm – Amal at Maximilien Park
Presentation of gift from children at participating schools, and artists
1:00 pm – Amal at Quartier des Quais
Walk to pedestrian city centre to La Monnaie Square
2:00 pm – Amal at La Monnaie Square
Polyvocal reading of letters by children and three poets and slam artists: Joy Slam, Carl Norac and Taha Adnan
Artistic Director: Amir Nizar Zuabi
Good Chance Production In collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company
For the Brussels artistic programme:
Artistic coordination: Chaire Mahmoud Darwich
Technical coordination: Joachim Pochet (Théâtre National)
In collaboration with the Mahmoud Darwich Chair, Bozar, the Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, la Monnaie, Cie EASTMAN, Circus zonder handen, Cultureghem, the Plateforme Citoyenne des réfugiés, De Kriekelaar, P.A.R.T.S and many other school and association partners.
Wednesday 6 October, 14:00 → 19:00
Thursday 7 October, 11:00 → 15:00
Access to the city parade and the performances is free. You do not need a Covid Safe Ticket to attend, but don't forget your mask!
With the support of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and the city of Brussels.