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When the Waves Have Come and Gone: a Seaside Performance for The Walk Festival

The Walk - Little Amal - Photo by Nick Wall

Created by Palestinian choreographer Samar Haddad King in collaboration with dancers from Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (US/Palestine)When the Waves Have Come and Gone is an epic dance honoring the lives lost at sea in the ongoing refugee crisis. For this site-specific work, hundreds of dancers in life jackets will assemble on a beach in Marseille, France, on September 22. Together they will mix dance and puppetry to explore grief over lost life and the vivacity of the human body.

When the Waves Have Come and Gone is produced by Corinne Weber and Claire Bejanin.

This new work is just one step in The Walk, an innovative and adventurous public artwork spanning from the Syria-Turkey border all the way to the UK, bringing together celebrated artists, major cultural institutions, community groups and humanitarian organizations. The project -- a travelling fesitval of art and hope -- is headed by Good Chance in collaboration with Handspring Puppet Company, with producer Stephen Daldry and Artistic Director Amir Nizar Zuabi leading the initiative.

At the heart of The Walk is Little Amal, a 3.5 meter-tall puppet depicting a young refugee girl. Representing all displaced children, many separated from their families, Little Amal will travel over 8,000km from July to August, emploring the public to not forget about displaced persons.

“As the daughter of a refugee myself, I understand that refugees are people: each containing distinct stories, heartbreaking decisions, and individual hopes and dreams. It's an honor to be part of this momentous work...to share the stories and celebrate the humanity of these displaced people, and to remember those who were lost along the way. Little Amal is a towering reminder that a refugee is not a number or statistic or symbol; they are our daughters, mothers, brothers and sons, they could be you or me.” - Samar Haddad King, Artistic Director, YSDT

To support this initiative and help The Walk advocate for young refugees, donate here.

About Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre

Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (YSDT) creates invigorating performance and education programs that expand access to--and promote understanding through--the arts. Led by Artistic Director Samar Haddad King, YSDT believes art should be liberating, transformative and accessible to all. The company operates out of the United States and Arab World--between Palestine and New York City--and is committed to uniting diverse artists and audiences in the creative process. Since 2005, the non-profit has produced more than 30 original works that have been seen in 10 countries across four continents.

About Good Chance

Good Chance was founded in September 2015 by playwrights Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, creators of the multi-award-winning play The Jungle. In spring 2021, Amir Nizar Zuabi joined as Artistic Director of the company. Good Chance established its first Theatre of Hope, a 12m geodesic Dome, in the heart of the refugee and migrant camp in Calais in 2015, promoting freedom of expression, creativity and dignity for everyone. The Dome has since risen in London, Paris, New York, Coventry and Sheffield, in areas with high refugee populations, with the aim to create meaningful opportunities for immigrant and local communities to engage and connect through art. In addition to the Dome theatres, the company creates groundbreaking Good Chance Productions, with the multi-award winning, five-star play The Jungle playing in London, New York and San Francisco to unprecedented critical and audience response. The company also works with artists from across the world through the Good Chance Ensemble, an ensemble of refugee performers born out of the domes in Paris. Good Chance is a recipient of the Evening Standard Editor’s Award (2016), an Empty Space Peter Brook Award (2017) and the Genesis Award (2018).

The Walk - Little Amal walking with children - (c) Bevan Roos