Ping Chong + Company’s new multimedia workALAXSXA/ALASKA premiered at the Harper Studio Theater at the University of Alaska, Anchorage on August 31, 2017.
The title ALAXSXA/ALASKA is two different words for Alaska: Alaxsxa, an ancient word of the Unangax tribe, meaning the land against the sea breaks, was changed, by Russian traders in the eighteenth century, to Alaska. The juxtaposition of the two names suggests social, political, and cultural encounters and clashes between the natives and new settlers.
Integrating multiple theatre languages such as puppetry, video projections, movement, and music within a small performing area with a table in the center and two stools, ALAXSXA/ALASKA portrays past encounters between indigenous Alaskan Native communities and newcomers with three performers. [Read more…]