Ping Chong + Company presents: ALAXSXA | ALASKA
Directed by Ping Chong & Ryan Conarro
Created by Ping Chong, Ryan Conarro, Justin Perkins, and Gary Upay’aq Beaver (Central Yup’ik)
Fresh off its Alaska tour and sold out world premiere, ALAXSXA | ALASKA will be making its New York run at La MaMa, October 12-29 2017.
ALAXSXA | ALASKA is a theatrical collage of multimedia, puppetry, and Central Yup’ik drum and dance, illuminating striking moments of cross-cultural encounter in the epic, changing landscapes of Alaska. The three performers use movement and puppetry to reveal a series of little-known historical narratives of collisions between people and cultures in Alaska. These histories–at times humorous, at times tragic–juxtapose against Beaver and Conarro’s own personal memories as “insider” and “outsider” in the Last Frontier.
The creators visited numerous Alaska communities in 2015-2016 to engage in interviews with residents. Excerpts of the interviews appear in the show, offering a prismatic perspective on Alaskan experience. Check out EncountersAlaska.org to read and listen to the interviews, along with additional audience dialogues during the Alaska tour. We will also be collecting audience reflections during the New York La MaMa run.
TICKETS HERE: http://lamama.org/alaxsxa/
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Ping Chong + Company produces theatrical works addressing the important cultural and civic issues of our times, striving to reach the widest audiences with the greatest level of artistic innovation and social integrity. In 2015 Ping Chong was honored with the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the United States government, presented to him by President Barack Obama. Find out more at pingchong.org.
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