The Kennedy Center



Friday, January 11, 2019 - Sunday, January 13, 2019

Performances For Young Audiences The Human Journey

Inspired by the stories of young migrants, this world premiere commission explores the navigation of those whose lives are tragically and wonderfully in motion. Age 12+

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World premiere Kennedy Center co-commission

Inflatable rafts on the Mediterranean. Dark holds of cargo trucks. Family photos wrapped carefully in a backpack that crosses border checkpoints. Author and illustrator Christopher Myers and director Kaneza Schaal, along with New York–based company Arktype, explore how the world is alive with movement and migration.

Inspired by the artists’ creative work with young refugees around the world, Cartography fuses map-making, dance, film, and sound sensor technology to explore the tragedy and wonder of lives in motion. From the effects of climate change to war and poverty, 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.

Most enjoyed by age 12 and up. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Deepen your Engagement
Prepare for the show with our Cartography CueSheet and Teacher & Parent Guide.

Stay after for a Creative Conversation 
Following the 1:30 p.m. performance on Jan. 12, young audience members can ask questions and hear stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with some of the artists.

This event is part of The Human Journey,collaboration between the Kennedy Center, National Geographic Society, and the National Gallery of Art. The Human Journey invites audiences to investigate the powerful experiences of migration, exploration, identity, and resilience through the lenses of the performing arts, science, and visual art.