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A Place to Belong
Written by Marisela Treviño Orta
Directed by Kinan Valdez
Choreographed by Vanessa Sanchez

Inspired by real life stories of San Francisco Bay Area teens, A Place to Belong follows a day in the life of a group of youth as they navigate the effects of gentrification, LGBTQIA+ intolerance, and systemic discrimination in the Bay Area. Taking us from the streets of Oakland, to the murals of San Francisco's Mission District, to the busking dance crews on BART trains, this work addresses what it means to feel like you don’t belong in a place you call home. In this Theater and Dance co-production, collaborators Kinan Valdez, director, and Vanessa Sanchez, choreographer, incorporate movement, percussive dance arrangements, and music to tell the stories of youth. By combining spoken word, technology, tap dance, and the Fandango tradition of son jarocho (from Veracruz, Mexico), A Place to Belong celebrates the resilience and resistance of lived experiences and survival.

Notice to audiences:

This production contains:

  • Transphobic Experiences, Police Aggression Towards Civilians, and Haze.
  • There will be no intermission.

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Attend in person:
Fri, May 13, 2022, 7:30 p.m
Sat, May 14, 2022, 7:30 p.m (a talkback directly follows the performance)
Sun, May 15, 2022, 3:00 p.m. (a Fandango dance event directly follows the performance)
Thu, May 19, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Fri, May 20, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Sat, May 21, 2022, 7:30 p.m.  (a talkback directly follows the performance)
Sun, May 22, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

Tickets available at UCSCtickets.com.
Tickets are available online only and there will be no sales window or will-call tickets for pick up at the event.
Doors are scheduled to open to 30 minutes prior to event start time.
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Be prepared to show the following COVID-19 documents.
UCSC students: green clearance badge
UCSC employees: symptom check clearance email
Visitors: Show proof of vaccine -OR- negative PCR test completed within 72 hours (home tests/antigen tests are not accepted)

For this event, all attendees must wear a face covering while inside the venue. (Note: the masking protocol for this event supersedes UCSC's April 10 policy change).

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Parking $5.
Purchase a permit in advance or use ParkMobile.
The closest parking lot to the Theater Arts Center is Lot #126.
See Transportation & Parking Services (TAPS) for visitor parking information, ParkMobile instructions, and a campus parking map.

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