A little girl on a BIG journey, Little Amal is the giant puppet of a 10 year old Syrian refugee girl, at the heart of The Walk.
Since July 2021 she has travelled over 9,000km across 12 countries representing all children fleeing war, violence and persecution and each with their own story, Little Amal’s urgent message to the world is “Don’t forget about us”.
In September 2021, Amal visited La MaMa Umbria International in Italy on her way from Rome to Assisi. Artists, immigrants, refugees, and community members celebrated her through dance, poetry, and music, wishing her well on her journey.
From September 14 to October 2 Little Amal will be walking through all five boroughs of New York City.
She has become an international symbol of compassion and of human rights. She carries a message of hope and solidarity for displaced people everywhere, especially children who have been separated from their families.
Amal finds that she isn’t the only little girl lost in the big city. With her new friend she walks through the street of the East Village looking for shelter. On their journey they will try to answer the biggest of all questions: how to make the world a better place?
A processional installation created with La MaMa and NYU (New York University).
Little Amal La MaMa partners:
- Village Alliance
- St. Ann’s Warehouse
- FAB NYC
- American Indian Community House
- Trinity La MaMa
- The New School
- Oran Etkin
- Earth Celebrations
- WOW Café Theatre
- KGB Bar
Photo by Igor Emmerich
Little Amal Walks NYC is a co-production between The Walk Productions and St. Ann’s Warehouse in association with Handspring Puppet Company. Between 14 September – 2 October Amal will be welcomed at 55 events across the five boroughs of New York City.
This program is supported in part by Cheryl Henson and The Jim Henson Foundation.