Towards Belonging

Towards Belonging

By Anjanette Maraya-Ramey/Maraya Performing Arts

Produced in association with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s Arts Park @ Chollas Creek

A La Jolla Playhouse Commission

Begins May 1, 2021
Towards Belonging is available below and on YouTube.

Part 1

Part 2: Mining Southeast

About the Project

Towards Belonging is a powerful dance film with original spoken-word poetry and music. Choreographer Anjanette Maraya-Ramey and her company Maraya Performing Arts create a deeply moving piece that unapologetically acknowledges systemic racism, with an urgent call to act and create change. Filmed at the Arts Park @ Chollas Creek, home to Writerz Blok, this love letter to Southeastern San Diego shares the joys and challenges of the neighborhood through evocative narrative, graffiti art and movement, while shattering biases and celebrating the deep pride, culture and history of the region.

Towards Belonging is Made Possible in Part by Generous Support from Robin and Larry Rusinko.

Jasmine Rafael and Ala Tiatia. Photo by Beto Soto.

(L-R) Ala Tiatia, Gil Sotu and Jasmine Rafael. Photo by Grace Madamba.

Alyssa Junious

Jasmine Rafael

Ala Tiatia

Director/Choreographer Anjanette Maraya-Ramey (left) and Director of Photography, Eboni Harvey rehearsing a film angle. Photo by Beto Soto.

(L-R) Jasmine Rafael, Director/Choreographer Anjanette Maraya-Ramey (demonstrating lift in air), Ala Tiatia. Photo by Beto Soto.

La Jolla Playhouse’s “Towards Belonging” a harmonious mix of stories told through music, dance, art and poetry
» Read more at The San Diego Union-Tribune

Created by: Anjanette Maraya-Ramey/Maraya Performing Arts
Director & Choreographer: Anjanette Maraya-Ramey
Director of Photography: Eboni Harvey, a.k.a. EB OF COURSE
Wardrobe styling: Jessica Harris and Anjanette Maraya-Ramey
Music Composition: Adrian Cantero (Part 1) and Kristopher Apple (Part 2)
Sound Design/Editing: David’s Harp Foundation

Spoken Word Artist: Gill Sotu
Dancer/Collaborators: Romi Herrada, Alyssa Junious, Jasmine Rafael, Ala Tiatia, Hannah Pritchett, Natasha Ridley
Company Photography/Documentation: Beto Soto

»Towards Belonging Creative Team Bios

»For Educators: Download Supporting Curriculum for Middle/High School Students
(Please note that this production contains strong language)

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