Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Event Slides Per Node 1415

Conceived and created by Kaneza Schaal and Christopher Myers

7:30 pm Thursday, October 14, 2021

“Cartography, a multimedia work inspired by migrants’ stories, presents their journeys as universal and heroic, not merely tales of suffering,” writes a New York Times reviewer.

It’s a performance rooted in the commonalities of migration and the metaphorical mapping at the center of worlds in motion. The show, featuring a half dozen young actors, integrates multiple mediums to reflect the technological hybridity of our everyday lives.

Visual tools, such as map-making and inventory, meet performance tools, like filmmaking and dancing. Sculptures create a catalogue of both interior and exterior journeys. Sound sensor technology responds to the timber of actors’ voices and a virtual storm is activated. Cellphones are used to mark memories — the distances we have traveled.

Cartography invites audiences to examine their own lives and the maps we all have yet to draw.

After the performance, the show’s director and co-creator Kaneza Schaal and cast members will engage in a moderated discussion with interested audience members.

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Adult $38
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $28

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This presentation is part of The Reflection Project, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

support provided by
Glenn and Nancy Gamble Endowment 

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.

A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.

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Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Thursday, October 14, 2021

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Kaneza Schaal, co-creator and director of Cartography, will be offered one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints seating is available on a first-arrival basis.