Conceived and Created by Kaneza Schaal & Christopher Myers
Directed by Kaneza Schaal
Written & Designed by Christopher Myers
Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann
“A wonder of theater-making, Cartography is a production full of cracking story-telling...” – DC Metro
Inflatable rafts on the Mediterranean. Family photos hidden carefully in a backpack. Cartography brings a world alive with movement and migration as the effects of climate change, war, and poverty give shape to where people come from and where they are going. Created by author and illustrator Christopher Myers and theater director Kaneza Schaal – and inspired by the artists’ collaborations with young refugees around the world, Cartography fuses map-making, film, and sound sensor technology to explore the tragedy and wonder of lives in motion. A performance rooted in the commonalities of migration, this powerful story examines the forces that send youth into unsure waters of their future – and invites audiences to consider their own maps and journeys.
About the Making of CARTOGRAPHY
The New York Times reports there are more displaced people scattered throughout the globe now than at any time in recorded history. For each person, the journey to find a place to lay one’s head is just the beginning of a longer journey to discover oneself and define one’s place in a world of ever-shifting borders and ceaseless conflicts. In their work with children who migrated to Munich on their own, artists Kaneza Schaal and Christopher Myers found that map-making and storytelling provided the young people a framework from which to unpack the complexities of their maps, both internal and geographic.
“It’s such a gift to understand the world as one of migration as opposed to these hot points of tension and trauma,” explained playwright Christopher Myers. “We wanted to use theater 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.”
This engagement of Cartography is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts
Support funded in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and the Cultural Affairs Committee
Post-Performance Discussion with the cast members following the program.
Review of Cartography in New York Times, This New York Times article details how Cartography teaches young audiences about the experiences of refugees and focuses on optimism and hope.
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