Cartography at the Hop
Live Arts

CARTOGRAPHY

by Kaneza Schaal and Christopher Myers
April 30 Ticket Info

In CARTOGRAPHY, the world is alive with movement, migration and uncertainty.

19/20 Hop Presents

Inflatable rafts on the Mediterranean. Dark holds of cargo trucks. Family photos wrapped carefully in a backpack that crosses border checkpoints. These are some of the powerful images of modern-day humanity-in-motion as depicted in CARTOGRAPHY. Author and illustrator Christopher Myers joins forces with theater director Kaneza Schaal, who cut her theatrical teeth with such highly regarded ensembles as Elevator Repair Service and The Wooster Group. Sewn from stories of young Eritrean and Syrian refugees, CARTOGRAPHY fuses dance, film, map-making and sound sensor technology to explore the tragedy and wonder of lives—especially young lives—in motion.

Myers and Schaal, who have collaborated before, began developing the piece after working in Munich with young refugees. Although separated by language and tradition, the children had critical experiences in common from their migrant journeys. “There was one moment where a young woman from Syria, who was living in the same residence as someone from Nigeria, realized they had both been on inflatable rafts on the Mediterranean,” says Schaal. “There was this moment of understanding between them: you know what I am talking about.” Cartography aims to extend this moment of understanding beyond those who are classed as refugees and out towards the audience, especially young people. “It’s such a gift to understand the world as one of migration as opposed to these hot points of tension and trauma,” says Myers. “We wanted to use theatre to create a point of contact through which people who have experienced this kind of hardship and the people who have never experienced this kind of hardship could meet and see each other.”

“Stunning … finds an immediate and visceral strength in ancient codes of mourning.”

The New York Times (on “Go Forth”)

“These adventures are exquisitely visualized by Myers in black and white. Pen and ink was, of course, the proper medium for this project … Myer’s beautiful drawings make their case, and the book will set children’s imaginations free.”

New York Times
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