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APRIL 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14
O’Dell Johnson Performing Arts Center, Laney College
900 Fallon St, Oakland, CA 94607

Every fall, Co-Artistic Directors Sarah Crowell and Rashidi Omari hold auditions where they select 25 young artists to join them in a 9-month process of rehearsals, workshops, and scriptwriting sessions. In the spring, the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company premieres their new, full-length dance/theater production to packed houses of audience members of diverse ages and socio-economic backgrounds.

This year, JEWELS will take thousands of audience members on a journey into The Deep, a place underground where young people from the future have been sent because the world on the surface is becoming uninhabitable.  The journey unveils secrets that may be the key to helping the world survive and even thrive.  Along with the teenage members of the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, their 9-12 year old counterparts in the Destiny Junior Company, and a group of 14 fierce grandmothers who play the role of the Mothers of the Earth, the performance also features work from an array of guest artists, including: Suzanne Gallo and Rose Huey of the internationally-acclaimed vertical dance company, BANDALOOP, Antwan Davis from Molodi, a body percussion troupe from Las Vegas, Risa Jaroslow, artistic director of Risa Jaroslow & Dancers, Princeton Maharam, Destiny alum and local recording artist, and celebrated Bay Area performer/choreographers Jessica Wolf and Paula Dewart.