Presented by Graeae and Circo Crescer e Viver
Directed by Jenny Sealey and Vinicius Daumas
  • The Guardian "‘Pioneering in the way it uses many different kinds of language – physical, spoken and sign – to create layers of meaning.’ " Read more...
  • Huffington Post "‘A truly breathtaking collaboration’ "
  • "‘Belonging is both humorous and poignant at times’ " Read more...

‘There is no house like the house of belonging’ David Whyte

Where do we long to be?

This bittersweet aerial production, featuring hoops, trapeze and silks, brings together a group of international artists exploring the idea of belonging and delving into what connects and divides us as people.

Co-directed by Jenny Sealey and Vinicius Daumas, this artistic collaboration between the UK’s Graeae and Brazil’s Circo Crescer e Viver features performers from the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony and a collection of Brazilian actors, musicians and dancers.

April – May 2014

Performances in Brazil:
17 – 19 May 2014
Cidades das Artes, Rio

23 – 25 May 2014
SESC Pinheiros, Sao Paulo

Tue 15 – Sat 19 April 2014
The Roundhouse, London

In Partnership with British Council Transform and People’s Palace Projects and SESC – Social Service of the Commerce.
Supported by EY.



In March, Graeae in partnership with Circo Crescer e Viver worked with 30 students from Fortismere and Blanche Nevile secondary schools as part of the Belonging education programme. Young people were given an introduction to Clowning and began their creative exploration into ‘what it means to belong’.

As part of our informal education provision, young artists from Graeae’s Youth Programme will be joining the cast of Belonging for the show’s Good Friday’s performance, giving their perspective on what it means to belong.

‘An absolutely fantastic day that really inspired our students. Having the opportunity to meet the Brazilian artists and explore clowning skills was a unique opportunity and one the students have been discussing since. They were captivated by the artistic values of the artists and saw how entertainment and happiness were fundamental in life and art.’ – Teacher, Fortismere School

All performances include audio description and work across four languages; English, Portuguese, British Sign Language and Brazilian Sign Language

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  • Performer
    Lyndsay Adams
  • Performer
    Sara Bentes
  • Performer
    Stephen Bunce
  • Performer
    Sean Gittens
  • Performer
    Milton Lopes
  • Performer
    Viviane Macedo
  • Performer
    Andre Melo De Sousa
  • Performer
    Tiiu Mortley
  • Performer
    Jez Scarratt
  • Performer
    Marcos Silva
  • British sign language interpreter
    Jude Mahon
  • Brazilian sign language interpreter
    Jhonatas Narciso
  • Director — Jenny Sealey and Vinicius Daumas
  • Composer/Sound Designer — Lewis Gibson
  • Designer — Sofie Layton
  • Lighting Designer — Ian Scott
  • Aerial Specialist/Choreographer — Tina Carter
  • Aerial and Circus Specialists — Luis Carlos Gomes & Sara Deull
  • Production Manager — Tom Barnecut
  • Rehearsal sound technicians — Dom Kennedy & Ricardo Rocha
  • Lighting Technician — Dan Terry
  • Costume Maker — Debbie Williams
  • Session musicians — Björn Dahlberg, Martijn van Galen, Christopher Preece, Bernd Rest, Simon Russell, Mike Simmonds
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