Be-Longing: A Collaborative, Digital, Musical Performance

Be-Longing Official Trailer from Chimerik on Vimeo.

Directed by Fay Nass
Created by Fay Nass, Meghna Haldar & Sammy Chien
A Partnership with CHIMERIK 似不像

1:02:07 | 2020 | Canada | English, Spanish, Arabic & Cantonese

With Closed Captioning

Vancouver Premiere: December 16th – 20th 2020

Be-Longing is a digital theatrical performance incorporating ancient and contemporary lyrics, devised performance, movement and interdisciplinary media about the nature of queer desire, exile, mourning and migration in diaspora. A collaboration between three Canadian artists from Taiwan, Iran and India, Be-Longing is an elegiac ode to home and longing during a time of contagion.

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Photo by Kimberly Ho

About Be-Longing

“The piece is a hybrid between theatre, music, film and media arts,” says director & co-creator Fay Nass. “It will bring magic and a sense of joy to our homes and hearts in these isolated times.”

Helmed by powerhouse queer artists of colour Fay Nass (theatre),
Sammy Chien (media arts) & Meghna Haldar (film), Be-Longing unites us in a time of distance and uncertainty. A cast of four immigrant actors dance, sing and manipulate miniature sets, expressing a yearning that is both specific to queer people in diaspora, and universal to us all.

“The world is chaotic and unstable,” Fay adds, “more than ever, we need art to heal, to live, to build community. “

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Photo by Kimberly Ho

Artistic Team

Theatrical Direction – Fay Nass
Film Direction
– Meghna Haldar
New Media Direction
– Sammy Chien

Alexandra Lainfiesta, khattieQ, Jackson Wai Chung Tse & Baraka Rahmani

Music Direction and Original Compositions – Taymaz Saba
Sound Design
– Helena Krobath
Set & Maquette Design
– Jennifer Stewart
Costume Design
– Carmen Alatorre
Digital Design

Director of Photography –
Kaayla Whatchell
Production Manager
– Nicole Lamb
Stage Management
– Susan Miyagishima
Assistant Stage Management
– Katie Voravong

Inspired by “Diaspora,” a community devised projected developed with Queer Arts Festival & Rainbow Refugee