Carthage concept


This production is a spellbinding fusion of dance, music and sign-language that approaches the unspeakable, contemporary debacle of forced migration, trafficking and slavery.


It is an adaptation of Carthage/Cartagena, written by Cuban/American playwright, Caridad Svich.

The script takes the form of ten "Cantos", that are presented as multi-lingual poems. The Cantos could be imagined as letters from afar.

Carthage/Cartagena is set in a despoiled, war-torn landscape that evokes the old city of the Carthaginian empire.

Each Canto conjures a metaphorical meditation on places of dislocation and the hope that we may find in the face of dehumanising chaos.


Presented for an International deaf and hearing audience; recommended age 13+


Carthage gives the quiet voice expression, a poetical plea through Signdance Theatre for cosmopolitanism, reason and compassion.



No Passport, New York



Performer/Creators Isolte Avila (USA, Cuba)

David Bower (UK)

Lionel Macauley (USA)

A. Schwammerlin (Austria)


Dramaturgy by Goro Osojnik (Slovenia)



Artistic contribution Joke Menssink & Pedro de Senna



Produced by Signdance Collective International