La MaMa Kids: Akmani | Meeting Through Story, Puppetry, & Dance

October 14


The Downstairs | 66 E 4th Street

Saturday at 2PM

Distance Workshop with Ping Chong + Company, CultureHub & Alaska Native Heritage Center
With Gary Upay’aq Beaver (Central Yup’ik), Ryan Conarro, Justin Perkins

This special distance connection gives young people an experience of storytelling forms fromthe wider world beyond New York City! NYC youth meet Ping Chong + Company artists from the La MaMa production ALAXSXA | ALASKA, and connect with diverse artists and young people from Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. "Akmani" in Yup'ik means "over there across a great distance"; youths in this session will explore puppetry and indigenous drum and dance as means for fostering mutual understanding. For children 7 & up.
Alaska Native Heritage Center artists share traditional storytelling approaches from Anchorage. In New York, Yup'ik artist Gary Upay’aq Beaver shares his ancient dance form, and puppeteers Ryan Conarro and Justin Perkins offer playful approaches to puppetry--all inspired by ALAXSXA | ALASKA. CultureHub provides the connection - a center for art and technology connecting communities around the world.

About the Artists

Gary Upay’aq Beaver (Central Yup’ik) was born in Bethel, Alaska and raised in his family’s village of Kasigluk. 
Ryan Conarro is a performance maker, teaching artist, and facilitator of community engagement. He is Collaborator in Residence and Education and Community Projects Associate at Ping Chong + Company.
Justin Perkins is a New York based puppet artist and performer.
The Alaska Native Heritage Center continues to find innovative ways to fulfill our mission of sharing, perpetuating and preserving our unique Alaska Native cultures, languages, traditions and values through celebration and education. 
CultureHub is a center for art and technology that connects communities around the world, through live performances, exhibitions, web-based presentations, livestreams, and education programs.
Ping Chong + Company produces theatrical works ranging from intimate oral history projects to grand scale cinematic multidisciplinary productions addressing the important cultural and civic issues of our times, reaching the widest audiences with the greatest level of artistic innovation and social integrity.

About La MaMa Kids

La MaMa Kids is a series of creative workshops and performances for the young and the young at heart. Master artists from La MaMa perform family friendly shows and teach theatre crafts in workshops that encourage imaginative play and hands-on learning. Children and adults learn the basics of storytelling, dance, mask, puppet-making, and more! Fun for the whole family!