Oakland Ballet Company and Life In Motion Productions proudly present the Oakland premiere of
Starring and produced by Misty Copeland.
Friday, September 29th at 7:00pm
Performances by Babatunji Johnson, Krow, Angela Watson, Destiny Arts, and artists of Oakland Ballet Company.
Live performance by Oakland-based TURF dancers, and the screening of the Oakland premiere of Flower, introduced by Misty Copeland. The film is produced by Copeland and Emmy-winning writer-producer Leyla Fayyaz of Life in Motion Productions, directed by Lauren Finerman with music by Raphael Saadiq, and stars Misty Copeland, Babatunji Johnson, and Christina Johnson with choreography by Alonzo King and Rich + Tone Talauega ft. TURF dancers.
Tips for purchasing tickets: For the best experience, use a desktop or laptop to purchase tickets. In person sales will only be available the day of the performance. Customer support is available via phone at 1-888-348-4577 from 7 am-9pm Pacific Time.
- Click the seat(s) of your choice – use the legend below the map to help identify seating for ADA/Wheelchair accessibility, Limited Mobility seats, etc.
- Below the seating map, your choices will appear – click the drop down menu to select the desired ticket (Adult, Senior/Junior, discount codes)
- Click “Buy” to be prompted through the rest of the process
*Groups of 10 or more get a 10% discount. A new ticket named “Group ticket” will appear after selecting 10 seats. Select the new ticket from the drop down menu and then you can add as many as you need.
Alternative Options for Purchasing Tickets:
By Phone: 1-888-348-4577
Flower is set in Oakland, California, and was created with artists from the Bay Area community including local dancers. Music for the film is by Grammy-winning Raphael Saadiq with choreography by Alonzo King and Rich + Tone Talauega. In homage to Black silent films of the 1920s, Lauren Finerman directed a poignant story about a young woman named Rose (Copeland), who has had to place her dreams on hold to care for her mother, Gloria (Christina Johnson), who is living with dementia.
A potent subtext to the film is the housing affordability crisis that’s devastated the Bay Area. As Rose struggles to keep a roof over their heads, she watches the neighborhood around her fade away much like her mother’s memory, until the mysterious Sterling (Babatunji Johnson) helps to highlight the power of community and the strength found through unity, bringing Rose renewed hope for the future.
The project marks the first independently produced endeavor from Life in Motion Productions, founded by Copeland and Emmy-winning writer-producer Leyla Fayyaz and was co-created by legendary filmmaker Nelson George. Flower had its World Premiere at the 2023 Tribeca Festival, and is an official selection of the upcoming Hollyshorts Film Festival and Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival, both OSCAR® Qualifying Festivals in the Short Film category.
*This event is family-friendly. All ages require a ticket.*
The runtime is approximately 1.5 hours including intermission.
Doors open 60 minutes before show time.
No outside food or beverage is allowed.
Theatre Location: This event will take place at the Paramount Theatre Center in downtown Oakland: 2025 Broadway, Oakland (Broadway between 20th and 21st streets).
– We highly encourage using public transportation to get to the venue! The Paramount Theatre is 500 feet from the 19th Street BART Station. Take the stairs up from the station (“20th Street Exit”), and walk NORTH on Broadway toward 21st Street. For routing information, select “19th Street, Oakland” as your destination on this BART Trip Planner.
– While the Paramount Theatre does not have any parking of its own, it is surrounded by several major parking facilities. Parking is available at the City of Oakland’s Telegraph Plaza Garage located at 2100 Telegraph Avenue (at 21st Street). The garage is directly across the street from the Paramount Theatre’s Box office and 21st Street entrance. Entrance to the lot may be accessed via Telegraph Avenue.
– There is also limited designated street parking available on the blocks surrounding the Paramount Theatre.
Current COVID protocols:
Face masks and proof of vaccination are not required for this event. We do ask that you please stay home if you have tested positive for Covid or do not feel well and cannot attribute symptoms to another known cause, such as allergies or a pre-existing condition.
In order to provide a safe environment and expedite guest entry into the theatre, we strongly encourage guests to only bring essential items in bags 4.5” x 6.5” or smaller.
– Bags measuring 18” x 12” x 12” or smaller
– Bags with required medical items or equipment within the permitted bag size
– Diaper bags (1 per child) within the permitted bag size
– Bag must fit and be stored under your seat
– Bags cannot take up a seat or cause an obstruction
– All bags are subject to search at the venue’s discretion
– Bags larger than 18” x 12” x 12”
– Briefcases or any hard-sided bag
– Luggage of any kind
– Camera Bags