How do we remember the ghosts of the gone-too-soon... the young souls of a town in transition?

The Black (W)hole

Date: 04/17/2020

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Laney College, Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center - 900 Fallon St

The Black (W)hole is a healing and celebratory experience which mourns and honors the lives of six young people killed in and around Oakland before the age of 32. The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company (DAYPC) will work with the Elders Project, DAYPC Co-Artistic Directors Sarah Crowell and Rashidi Omari, and a team of powerful collaborators, including Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Brett Cook, and Yoram Savion of YAKfilms, The Elders Project, and BANDALOOP to create performance and art installations and a dance/theater piece for the six young ancestors, guided by conversations with their family members.

We believe we can heal, grieve, and celebrate in community. The collaborators will use this work of public ritual to respond to past/ongoing Oakland youth homicide, while gentrification displaces families and culture, asking: How do we remember the ghosts of the gone-too-soon… the young souls of a town in transition?

Created with funding from a Hewlett Foundation 50 Arts Commission, this process will be shared with the public through performances in April and May of 2020. Major funding also comes from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, and The MAP Fund and, The Rainin Foundation, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Event Dates:

April 17-18 @ 7:30 PM

April 24-25 @ 7:30 PM

April 26 @ 5 PM

May 1-2 @ 7:30 PM

May 3 @ 5 PM

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