Prompted by judgments around the Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook tragedies, (Be)longing reflects on the impact of violence and considers deeper ways to connect and build communities of safety and support with locally cast singers, beatboxers, hip-hop artists, and audiences.


Long Wharf Theatre
June 17 & 18, 2017, 2pm

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Byron Au Yong, composer
Aaron Jafferis, librettist
Charlotte Brathwaite, director
Stephanie Tubiolo, music director
Ni’Ja Whitson, choreographer/associate director
Ben Zamora, designer
Justin Partier, tech director
Joanne Pan, stage manager
ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann, producer

Performers
Aaron "Coach Hawk" Hawkins, Aldebaran Ryan, Amelia Sherwood, Anne Rhodes, Anton Kot, Arianna Rivera, Brianna Alexis Chance, Brittany Palmer, Clifford Schloss, Connor Lloyd, Dwannah McKnight-Alegria, Hanifa Washington, Jaezmyne J. Pheanious-Browne, Jalah Woods, Katie Jones, Keelin Mathews, Kejuan Simmons, Keona-Marie Gomes, Malcolm Welfare, Michael Bethune Jr., Muza Gornostaeva, Nijuan Simmons, Paul Davies, Salwa Abdussabur, Sara Culver, Chaz "Sunny Chi" Carmon, Tahjee Galberth, Vera Blaas, Wali Muhammad

Behind-the-Scenes


Interview with Valerie Richardson on Radio Something


Activate (Be)longing connects individuals and organizations who share a passion for keeping young people alive with artistic and participatory events:

June 8 Survival of the Fittest: Youth, Guns, and the Culture of Violence
June 14 Explore the Song in You
June 22 Life After Death: Healing from Grief and Loss

Visit Activate (Be)longing for a full list of events

Press Previews
· Christopher Arnott. A 'Reset' Arts & Ideas. Hartford Courant
· Susan Gonzalez. Festival celebrates arts and ideas. YaleNews
· E. Kyle Minor. Arts & Ideas New Haven shows aim to bring social change. New Haven Register
· Frank Rizzo. Taking Aim at Violence at International FestivalZip06
· Montana Telman. Aaron Jafferis on (Be)longing. Arts & Ideas Festival Blog


Bio in About. Past events in Archive. List of works in Music. Press coverage in News.
Dedicated to intercultural collaboration, Byron Au Yong composes songs of dislocation, music for a changing world. He teaches in Performing Arts & Social Justice at the University of San Francisco.

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