Festival Co-Commission

Presented in Association with Long Wharf Theatre

Created by the award-winning team of Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis, (Be)longing is a powerful performance event reflecting our society’s collective emergence from large-scale tragedies. Locally cast singers, beatboxers, and hip-hop artists present an original, staged oratorio about belonging, isolation, healing, and community. Prompted by our collective understanding and judgments around the Virginia Tech and Newtown tragedies, (Be)longing reflects on the impact of violence and considers deeper ways to connect and build communities of safety and support.

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Conceived by
Byron Au Yong & Aaron Jafferis 
Composer Byron Au Yong 
Librettist Aaron Jafferis 
Director Charlotte Brathwaite 
Designer Ben Zamora 
Choreographer/Associate Director Ni’Ja Whitson 
Producer ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann 
(BE)LONGING is a ArKtype project, commissioned and co-produced by Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg, VA and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, CT 
(Be)longing is a commission of the Moss Arts Center and developed in partnership with International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, Connecticut. Residency development provided by The Flea Theater, New York City; Westminster Choir College; Theatreworks; Montalvo Arts Center; Millay Artist Colony; and Weston Playhouse. 
(Be)longing was developed, in part, at the 2014 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA. 

Made Possible by the Fund for the Future

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