Where to Belong is a tender and moving autobiographical story, that’s about to tour the UK. It’s the tale of artist and performer Victor Esses’ journey to find home.
This heartfelt piece uses a mix of video projection, photographs and music to explore how you find your place in a rich and complex world of identities. It asks us, what is ‘home’? Is it the four walls that surround us, is it the person we spend time with or is it a feeling and sense of place? If we had to leave where we live today, where would we go and what would we take?
Where to Belong
Where to Belong is written and performed by Esses in a subtle and innovative style. It draws on his personal story. Esses is Jewish-Lebanese, Brazilian, and gay. In 1975, Victor’s mother fled Lebanon as a refugee of the Civil War. And, in 2017, Esses visited Lebanon for the first time. In 2018, amidst the elections that saw Brazil choose a far-right president, he travelled from London to São Paulo to show his partner the city of his childhood. And this story sees Esses visit Lebanon for the first time; video calling his mother from the Lebanese flat she was forced to abruptly leave.
With his complex heritage and identity, many of his family won’t accept him for who he is. So, Where to Belong is not just about finding oneself but also about seeking acceptance from those who surround you. Esses explores the universal themes of identity, togetherness, compassion and empathy.
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When: 3rd September – 14th October 2021
Where: Touring to London, Oxford, Harlow, Bedford, Cardiff and Manchester
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the venue. Suitable for ages 14+
More info: www.victoresses.com