Ping Chong

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UNDESIRABLE ELEMENTS: JUNEAU HISTORIES -- CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is producing an arts and community engagement project that shares the people and stories of the Juneau community, with guest artistic company Ping Chong + Company. The piece will be created by Ping Chong, Ryan Conarro and Juneau artist Frank Kaash Katasse (Tlingit).

The project will explore the stories, experiences, and histories of those linked to the earliest Tlingit-Haida residents of the place we now call Juneau--with particular focus on families of the Old Indian Village (now referred to as “the Willoughby District”). The project will explore how those stories and experiences may affect our present and our future in the Capital City. The artists are also interested in engaging stories of Juneauites who may have personal or family connections to the Juneau Arts & Culture Center building, formerly the National Guard Armory.

January 2018: Conarro, Katasse, and Chong will conduct interviews with Juneau-area community members. Then, the artists will craft a theatrical script from these in-depth interviews, weaving together participants’ individual experiences with past events in a chronological narrative touching on the historical, the political, and the personal.

March 2018: Community participants will rehearse and perform their own stories in a series of theatrical performances at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center and engage in a series of facilitated community dialogues.

The aim of Juneau Histories is to engage the power and beauty of theater, personal testimony, and documentary research to create awareness and understanding in Juneau’s diverse communities, and to open avenues for dialogue about ongoing and future development in these historic and culturally vital neighborhoods.

Interested in participating?
No professional acting experience or memorization is required, and the ensemble will receive a stipend for their time.
Please fill out the questionnaire by January 10, 2018.
Online form OR printable form

Feel free to contact the artists at communityprojects@pingchong.org with any questions. Thank you for your interest!