Created as part of Little Amal’s journey across America


Created and directed by: Samar Haddad King
Rehearsal Director: Zoe Rabinowitz
Rehearsal Assistant: Yukari Osaka
Musician: Lonnie Holley

Performers: Kadence Cochran, Jolie Coone, Claire Devine, Jordyn Donner, Ciara Martin, Fallon Martin, Haley Moore, Mattie Morris, Olivia Osborne, Taima Alzoubi, Courtney Book, Emma Dunn, Nayeli Hogue, August Intoccia, Carys Jones, Zoie Jordan, Elsie Short, Sophia Albright, Suzanna Friedlander, Lilah Helmer, McKynzie Lomax, Mecheseney Martin, Ava Noble, Isabelle Shemwell, Julia Skeen, Christiana Thigpen, Marie Bennett, Miley Champagne, Jocelyn Gonzalez, Luci Inman, Ellie Irvine, Zoey Jenkins, Braylee Lynn, Christina Norman, Ryan O’Connor, Kamaya Welch, Lillian Wortham, Sara Beth Austin, Ally Campbell, Anna Campbell, Hannah French, Gabriella Skrobis, Lauren Walker

Cast: 45
Duration of work: 30 minutes

World Premiere: October 11, 2023 Birmingham, AL
Beginning point: CityWalk Park

Photos © Ambre Amari

Inspired by the 1963 Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, which helped lead to the eventual passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, When the children gather uplifts the power of youth in pursuit of social, climate, racial and economic justice. In this live site-specific performance created for City Walk BHAM, Little Amal gathers with over 50 youth in collaboration with musician Lonnie Holley for a march to raise the voice of young people.

When the children gather is created by Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre and produced by Create Birmingham, in association with the Alabama School of Fine Arts Dance Department under the direction of Wes Chapman (former Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre) and presented by The Walk Productions in partnership with Handspring Puppet Company and The Office Arts (US Production Partner).