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A Place to Belong

Friday, May 13, 2022 - 7:30pm to Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 3:00pm

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Department of Performance, Play & Design

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.

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Attend in person:
Fri, May 13, 2022, 7:30 p.m
Sat, May 14, 2022, 7:30 p.m
Sun, May 15, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
Thu, May 19, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Fri, May 20, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Sat, May 21, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
Sun, May 22, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

Ticket required for entry and available at in April.
Doors are scheduled to open to patrons 30 minutes prior to event start time.
If you have a disability-related need, please contact the Arts Events Office at as soon as possible.

Be prepared to show the following COVID-19 documents.
UCSC students: green clearance badge
UCSC employees: symptom check clearance email
1. complete the UCSC Symptom Check on the day of the event and show the clearance email to the ushers at the door
2. Show proof of vaccine -OR- negative PCR test completed within 72 hours (home tests/antigen tests are not accepted)
Please familiarize yourself with the full COVID protocols here; we recommend you review this in advance.
All attendees must wear an approved face covering, while inside the venue, for the duration of the event.

Parking $5.
Purchase a permit 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.