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  • Odell Johnson Theater, Laney College 900 Fallon St Oakland, CA, 94607 United States (map)

presented by Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company
Friday-Saturday, April 3-4, 7:30PM,
Friday, April 10, 7:30PM, Saturday, April 11, 2:00PM and 7:30PM,
and Sunday, April 12, 5:00PM
Odell Johnson Theater, Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland
Adults sliding scale $13-$30, Youth 18 and Under $7

Warrior is NOT your kids' recital! It is an on-the-edge-of-your-seat dance/theater ride that will move and amaze audiences of all ages.

The nationally acclaimed model of youth arts and violence prevention organizations, Oakland-based Destiny Arts Center, presents the world premiere of Warrior.  Warrior is a movement/theater production created by Artistic Directors Sarah Crowell and Rashidi Omari in collaboration with the young artists of the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company and Destiny Arts Center teaching artists and alumni as well as well-known guest artists, most notably Nicole Klaymoon, artistic director of Embodiment Project, Amelia Rudolph, artistic director of the internationally acclaimed vertical dance company, BANDALOOP, and Afia Thompson, artistic director of Bahiya Movement.

Warrior is a full-length work featuring a cast of 45 talented youth ages 9 to 18 who perform a scintillating combination of hip-hop, modern and aerial dance, theater, spoken word, rap and song, accompanied by powerful video backdrop art. This year's 22nd annual production is based on the six principles of Destiny's Warrior's Code: love, respect, care, responsibility, honor and peace.  Each principle is personified as a peaceful warrior.  Each warrior has an enemy: hate, disrespect, neglect, apathy, shame and violence.  The show takes place in a video game called Warrior, where the goal of the game is for the warriors to defeat their enemies by any means necessary.  Or so it seems at first.  The warriors are lured into the pitfalls of romantic love, the distraction and obsession of social media, the horrors of racism and racial profiling, and the promise that violence can bring peace.  There is the wild and terrible character of MisEducation, who uses every opportunity she can to throw a wrench in the warriors' quest.  And there is the benevolent trickster, the Master of the Game, who points the warriors in the direction of true love. Warrior is a complex journey into the minds and hearts of a generation of young people who are passionate about making a difference in their own lives and in the lives of their communities through compassion, creativity, humor and a willingness to go beyond conventional ideas of right and wrong.  

Destiny Arts Center, a nonprofit violence prevention and arts education organization, has been serving youth for 26 years through after school, weekend and summer programs in dance, theater, martial arts, self-defense, conflict resolution, performance and leadership at their North Oakland center and in East Bay public schools.  The programs serve up to 500 youth at the Center and up to 4,000 youth through outreach programs in up to 45 public schools annually.  

The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company is a multicultural group of teens that create dynamic productions in collaboration with professional artists, combining hip hop, modern, and aerial dance, theater, song and rap, that express their experience, strength and hope for themselves, their communities and their world. Since 1993, Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company has performed for up to 25,000 audience members annually with a strong reputation for creating high quality, professional, original productions and performances.