On September 15, 2022, in New York City, Little Amal, a 12-foot-tall puppet portraying a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl, performs alongside members of New Victory LabWorks. The puppet is on display for the first time in the United States as a part of the exhibition Little Amal Walks NYC, which is open until October 2. The Walk Productions and St. Ann’s Warehouse are putting together a 17-day trip through all five boroughs of New York City with 55 events that will highlight the situation of refugees.
The Little Amal
The latest celebrity visitor, the little Amal, is causing heavy traffic in New York City. As part of theatre production to promote immigration awareness, Little Amal, a 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee, is on a 17-day blitz through every neighborhood in the Big Apple.
Playwright and director Amir Nizar Zuabi, who serves as the artistic director of Little Amal Walks NYC, stated, “When we talk about migration and refugees, we tend to forget that more than half of the people we’re talking about are children. “In actuality, they are children, and every child is lovely in their particular manner. And in my opinion, Amal brings it to the table.
She will travel to tourist hotspots like Times Square, Grand Central Station, the American Museum of Natural History, and Central Park, as well as Corona in the Queens borough and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn are removed from Manhattan’s flash.
Zuabi stated, “The project’s function is to discuss displacement, immigration, vulnerability in many circumstances, and each locale.
The 55 planned destinations will each have a unique event designed by local artists and leaders centered on the location. Amal will therefore go to the Brooklyn Public Library with youngsters her age to hear a reading of the inclusive picture book “Julián Is a Mermaid.” She’ll also be joined by a Kotchenga Dance Company stilt walker and listen to a drum circle performed by students from the Harlem School of the Arts when she visits Harlem.
One of the most significant theatrical productions ever produced in the city, according to Yazmany Arboleda, a Colombian American artist and the creative producer of the New York visit: “This is the biggest stage on Earth, and it comes from all the pluralism, of all the stories, of all the individuals who live here.”
After traveling 5,000 miles from the Syrian-Turkish border to Manchester in northwest England, the puppet arrives in the city. She has visited refugee camps in Greece and greeted Ukrainian refugees at a Polish train station while traveling across 12 nations. She has also met Pope Francis.
“New York is intriguing because it was created through migration, forced migration, and displacement. These components are what gave rise to the city. An exciting engine of creativity, innovation, and audacity looms in the metropolis. Bringing this initiative here is something we find quite intriguing,” added Zuabi.
Zuabi emphasized the central theme with his ten puppeteers at a recent rehearsal at the performing arts center and project co-producer St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. Four puppeteers are required to manipulate the puppet at any given time.
The 10-year-old girl gets lost in the city. He told them to stretch in a circle and to remember that whenever they were uncertain. In this metropolis, she is never secure. I believe we can create true magic if we realize that.
The puppet, created and constructed by the Handspring Puppet Company, also made stops at salsa dancing in Washington Heights, strolling along the boardwalk in Coney Island, and listening to drummers in Jackson Heights. She towered over admiring onlookers Thursday at Grand Central Station as they peered up and snapped photos.
We frequently pay attention to the suffering of immigrants and refugees, but Arboleda believes that this art draws our attention to the promise and the beauty. “We’re all going to learn while she strolls through New York.”
Amal will visit Liberty Island on one of her trips, where she will face the Statue of Liberty, which greets the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
The Handspring Puppet Company, one of the most significant puppet studios in the world, developed the puppets for the worldwide famous play War Horse. They also designed and manufactured the puppet of Little Amal.
Little Amal was developed over long distances and in numerous diverse terrains. Handspring meticulously created Little Amal from solid but lightweight materials like cane and carbon fiber to produce a puppet capable of such a physical task. This allows her to be handled for extended periods in many environments.
Little Amal is brought to life by four puppeteers: one inside walking on stilts, one on each arm, and one holding her back. This fourth puppeteer is also in charge of “the harp,” an intricate web of strings that moves Little Amal’s head, eyes, and face.
This project’s primary goal is to attack indifference like a stone at its core. It cannot be turned. It’s what it is. Something occurs the instant your indifference cracks.