Good Chance Theater's THE WALK is a four-month Public Art spectacle following the journey of Amal, a 9-year old Syrian refugee represented by a 10-foot puppet created by world-famous HandSpring Puppet Co. Amal will walk from Turkey to the U.K. starting this July and ending in November, 2021. All along the route, Amal will be welcomed by communities across Europe offering her performances and inspiration.
Remote Theater Project is the only U.S. based cultural organization to have an interaction (albeit virtually) with The Walk. We are working with a group of teenage refugees from the Middle East and Africa, who reside in the Portland area, to create an original stories, monologues and song to share with Amal. Performers are working with two of The Walk’s commissioned artists from Syria, playwright Mudar Alhaggi (in Berlin) and Kinan Azmeh, renowned clarinetist and composer (in NYC) and RTP Producing Artistic Director, Alexandra Aron. They will be joined by the Pihcintu Choir for a live public performance at The Ocean Gateway in Portland on AUGUST 5th, which will include a live-feed, virtual interaction with Amal and The Walk (in Urla ,Turkey)
Just before the performance on August 5th, our partners at Mayo Street Arts are organizing a parade through downtown Portland to celebrate New Mainers! A pageant of music and puppets, this parade will include participation from local cultural groups and community organizations that support and represent the immigrant and refugee communities of Portland. The pre-show parade will culminate in a live, in-person performance at Ocean Gateway in Portland, ME on August 5th that is FREE and open to the public.
The project not only celebrates refugees but also Portland itself, a city that has been heroically embracing refugees from around the world, offering them sanctuary and services. RTP is working with community partner Creative Portland, to produce this event which will be documented and widely shared with all partners, and in social media, throughout The Walk and beyond.