concept CARTHAGE



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