Little Amal is coming to Amare

Little Amal, the famous giant puppet representing a nine-year-old refugee girl, will visit The Hague during Amare’s opening festival in November.

As part of the traveling international art project The Walk, Little Amal is currently on a journey of more than 8000 kilometres. The giant puppet represents a nine-year-old refugee girl travelling through Europe in search of her mother. Amal began her journey at the Turkish/Syrian border on 27 July and will end it in the UK in early November.

Amal’s presence is a call for attention for the millions of displaced refugee children around the world. The project was initiated by the Good Chance Theatre Company from England and the South African Handspring Puppet Company.

In charge of The Walk is Palestinian director Amir Nizar Zuabi. Little Amal’s journey is taking her from Turkey to Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, France and the UK.  Along the way, she tells the stories of the refugee children whom she represents. She is received in more than 70 cities with art, discussions and community projects.

Little Amal in The Hague
Amare has invited Little Amal to visit The Hague from 15 November to 21 November 2021, and will welcome her as a special guest at the Open Festival on 19 November. The Hague is the city of peace and justice, after all, so it really should be on the list of Little Amal’s destinations. She will be welcomed in Madurodam by hundreds of children, youths, humanitarian organisations, musicians and dancers, ushering in the next phase of her life after The Walk.

‘After the wonder and excitement of our major international project this year, The Walk, this significant stay in The Hague, city of peace and justice, will be the start of Little Amal’s new journey and life,” says director Amir Nizar Zuabi. “We can’t imagine a more wonderful place to make this happen, as Amare itself begins a new journey and life.”

The programme
The opening of Amare and Amal’s stay in The Hague are under the direction of theatre maker Ira Judkovskaja, formerly the artistic director at Tryater. Little Amal will be meeting various organisations and communities in the city from 15 to 21 November, who will receive her with workshops, discussions and exhibitions. An extensive educational programme is also being developed. Keep an eye on our website in the coming weeks for updates on the programme.

More about Little Amal
With her expressive gestures and dance, Little Amal creates encounters between people wherever she goes. Her nonverbal, universal puppetry reaches out to people with very different backgrounds. Little Amal draws attention to migration and refugee issues, but is also a reminder of the connection and hope that art can create. We are very honoured to welcome her in Amare.

Little Amal is on a journey of more than 8000 kilometres through eight countries. To build a doll capable of coping with such a physical challenge, the Handspring Puppet Company used strong but lightweight materials, such as reeds and carbon. Little Amal is brought to life by four puppeteers: one controlling each arm, one supporting her back, and one on stilts inside her body. Watch the video below to see how they do it.

The arrival of Little Amal is part of Wij Den Haag

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