ALAXSXA | ALASKA
Spellbinding history and cross-cultural encounter in the 49th state
Oct. 5 & 6, 2018
Sydney Laurence Theatre
"Cultures collide and coexist in Ping Chong + Company’s sumptuous anthropological collage ALAXSXA | ALASKA. This theatrical feast bursts with vitality as vast as its subject." -Time Out New York.
Created by innovative theater masters Ping Chong + Company, ALAXSXA | ALASKA (uh-LUCK-shkuh) weaves puppetry, video, recorded interviews, and yuraq (Yup'ik drum and dance) in a collage of striking contemporary and historical encounters between Alaska Native communities and newcomers in our state.
Performers Ryan Conarro, Gary Upay’aq Beaver (Central Yup’ik), and puppeteer Justin Perkins reveal little-known histories — at times humorous, at times tragic — and juxtapose them against their own personal histories as “insider” and “outsider” in The Last Frontier. Experience intimate encounters with a multimedia performance as epic as the changing landscapes of Alaska.
Since 1975, New York-based Ping Chong + Company has produced 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.
Contains explicit language.
Tickets start at $26 with a subscription of 3 or more shows. Tickets for just this show start at $32.50.
“ALAXSXA | ALASKA weaves a spellbinding history of the 49th state.”
– The Village Voice
TYPE OF EVENING
Powerful portrait of place
History date night
WHAT TO EXPECT
Thoughtful and inventive contemporary theater
Boundaries ready to be pushed
"Mr. Chong is a theatrical magician with heart and an acute sense of history."Buy tickets
–The New York Times
Enjoy a post-show dialogue sessions hosted by First Alaskans Institute in the Voth Hall at the PAC after the show.
Encounters | Alaska
An archive of real stories of cross-cultural encounter in
Alaska. During the making of ALAXSXA | ALASKA, Ping Chong + Company
artists spent time in numerous Alaska communities, asking questions about cross-cultural
encounters in The Last Frontier. The full range and scope of those stories is
shared in Ping Chong + Company’s curated archive: encountersalaska.org
2018 Alaska Tour Dates
- Sydney Laurence Theatre, Anchorage - Oct. 5-6
- Nanwalek School, Nanwalek - Oct. 9
- Mariner Theater, Homer - Oct. 12-13
- Presentations & Dialogues at First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference, Dena’ina Center, Anchorage
– Oct. 15-17
- Unalakleet School, Unalakleet – Oct. 19
- Anthony A. Andrews School, St Michael – Oct. 23
- Tukurngailnguq School, Stebbins – Oct. 25
Anchorage Concerts Art Exhibition6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 and 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, Voth Hall at Alaska Center for the Performing Arts (PAC)
Celebrating the work of Alaska Native artists, including Percy Avugiak, Allie High, Benjamin Schleifman, Drew Michael, Heather Hanak Dongoski, Tammy Holland, William Kozoloff, and Danielle Larsen, the exhibition's curator.
Image features works by Tammy Holland, Heather Hanak Dongoski, and Danielle Larsen