World, Latin, & Reggae, All Ages, Dance-Performance

Tjak Box

When: Fri., Dec. 4, 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 5, 8 p.m. 2009

Like chocolate and peanut butter, great but unlikely things can go together surprisingly well. Take hip-hop and Balinese dance — who’d ever pair them up? Well, it turns out they blend into something special. You can sample it for yourself at this weekend’s world premiere of TJAK BOX, an innovative new work created by two award-winning Oakland groups: Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a classical Balinese performance troupe, and Destiny Arts, a community resource that provides local youth with positive role models and safe, creative after-school pursuits, including dance. Inspired by the story of Kunti and Karna from the Mahabharata, this innovative collaboration connects the great Hindu epic with the life of Oakland kids through a mix of spoken word, hip-hop beats, live gamelan music, and Eastern and Western movement. The companies will round out the evening with works from their separate repertoires. At Rhythmix Cultural Works (2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda) on Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5. 8 p.m., $10, $15. 800-838-3006,, or

Claudia Bauer

Price: $15, seniors/youth $10

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