“SEE IT ALL. SHARE IT ALL. HAVE IT ALL.”
We are thrilled to announce our 2016 – 2017 season and that season tickets are available.
We are always excited to announce our new season, we’ve found some exciting, innovative, new artists and we look forward to seeing the community excitement around this new season. There’s diversity, favorites we’ve received consistent requests for, and consistent themes that run throughout the year. We hope you’ll join us!
The season focuses on bringing diverse young artists with tremendous talent and a fresh approach, but there are also some favorites presented in new ways. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, last here in 2011 with their Christmas show, returns as the season opener. We couldn’t ask for a better way to open our season, they’ll invigorate us just as the days begin to shorten. Celtic favorite Cherish the Ladies will be the holiday entry.
Another Fairbanks favorite The Intergalactic Nemesis will be here in January, with a brand new show: Robot Planet Rising. We had such a great response to them and have received so many requests to bring them back.
There’s a sense of wanting to serve the wishes and desires of our community, but there’s also this idea of ‘Hey, look what we found!’ That’s also important.
Some of the lesser known entries that have us jazzed are the Portland Cello Project who will record a new work about “break up” in Alaska next spring. To have a great touring ensemble create and premiere a new work about our natural environment is just so exciting. They’ll be making something that’s about us here in Alaska and taking it back out to the world.
Versa-Style Dance Company is an L.A.-based group, a natural follow up to last season’s Black Violin. Youthful energy is also inherent to Women of the World (truly the second coming of Sweet Honey), Rhythm Future Quartet, and Shane Koyczan, who I saw at a booking conference in Vancouver last fall. He had an entire auditorium of jaded old presenters literally screaming for more. I knew immediately that I had to get him to Fairbanks!
Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, who performs live, with violin and percussion in front of the controversial film Nanook of the North isn’t like anything you’ve heard before. I saw her performance two years ago with a colleague from Kodiak, walking out we looked at each other and said “well, our lives are changed.” We had hoped to bring her to the state last year, but this Polaris Prize winner was offered Coachella and Alaska had to wait. Those interested in traditional culture will find it compelling, but so will devotees of electronica, industrial and metal influences. In addition to offering a unique, culturally relevant experience, we hope it will be a springboard for community conversation.
Outreach, education and community engagement are hallmarks of FCA and next season will see continued expansion of these programs.
Literary giant David Sedaris wraps up the season. He has been to Alaska a couple of times since his last appearance in Fairbanks in 2006-2007, we weren’t about to miss this opportunity to present him again. We’ll end the season with a good laugh.
This year’s ten shows run from September through May and offer a variety of music, comedy, theater, dance and spoken word events. We encourage you to come out for what we believe will be an irresistible season.
Season subscriptions are available now. You’ll find lots of information on each artist. We hope you’ll explore. Dig deep and find the season of your dreams. Then hit the ‘Join FCA’ button and get your subscription completed.
Questions, complicated orders and installments can go though our office at (907) 474-8081.
The FCA office seats our season ticket holders, just let us know if you want the same seats or new ones if you’re renewing, and your preferences if you’re new to FCA.
Individual tickets will go on sale on August 1, 2016.
Welcome to the new season!