CARTOGRAPHY is a new theatrical work that explores the commonalities of migration and the concrete and metaphorical mapping at the center of worlds in motion. Created in collaboration with artist and writer Christopher Myers, the production draws on Schaal and Myers’ work with refugee youth in the United States and internationally. For audiences of all ages, CARTOGRAPHY aims to engage young people as core audience for contemporary performance. Visual tools like map-making and inventory meet performance tools like filmmaking and dancing; sculptures create a catalogue of interior and exterior journeys; sound sensor technology responds to the timbre of actors’ voices to activate a virtual storm; cellphones are used to mark memories, and distances traveled. The piece invites audiences to examine their own lives and the maps we have yet to draw.
CARTOGRAPHY developmental partners include New Victory Theatre LabWorks residency in New York, NY; New Visions / New Voices at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center in Abu Dhabi; and The Public Theater with Brooklyn College, Brooklyn NY. Kaneza Schaal is a 2019 USA Fellow.
The piece will premiere in early 2019 and tour nationally and internationally.
Creative Team and Collaborators
Christopher Myers, Jane Jung, Victoria Nassif, Cheyanne Williams, Vuyolwethu Sotashe, Eden Zane, Malaika Uwamohoro, Abrielle Kuo, Raquel Palmas, Kamal Nassif, Joshue Ott, Mateo Juvera Molina, Andrija Klaric, Grace Huang, Pierre Depaz, Tommy Kreigsmann and ArKtype.
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