Phantom Limb Company is in the final stages of development of its evening length production FALLING OUT, premiering at OZ Arts Nashville and BAM's Next Wave Festival. FALLING OUT is the final piece in a trilogy of works surrounding the changing relationship of humankind and nature over time. Phantom Limb Company's work incorporates puppetry, set design, dance and original music to create vibrant worlds and gripping performances. Prior productions of 69°S and Memory Rings reached critical acclaim and played to sold out audiences.
"The web of life is under assault. Companies like Phantom Limb have conscripted miraculous puppets in this battle to defend the biosphere, and they have proven to be an impressive fighting force." - Charles McNulty LA Times
A highly anticipated and deeply researched production, FALLING OUT examines the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear meltdown that ravaged the region of Fukushima, Japan in 2011, marking the most fatal natural disaster in history. Blending puppetry with the distinct Japanese art of butoh, Phantom Limb Company collaborates with Dai Matsuoka of Sankai Juku to investigate the shared language of butoh and puppetry to express loss and life afterwards. Flex dancer Klassic Carella, in the unique language of this rising street style, brings another movement texture that strikes a deep chord in this story.
Already, Phantom Limb Company has completed several artistic residencies to build this work: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space on Governor’s Island, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, CalArts Center for New Performance and most recently, a development and technical residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI. With funding from the Asian Cultural Council, Artistic Director Jessica Grindstaff spent 3 months in Japan this past spring, traveling to Fukushima and Northern Tokohu to experience the aftermath of the devastation, interview residents, scholars and scientists and capture original video and audio for use in the production design. We are now ready to synthesize all we have learned to bring FALLING OUT to life and share it with our audiences.
Take a look at some of the amazing rewards through the campaign!
Phantom Limb Tote Bag
Raffle for Original Artwork by Erik Sanko or Jessica Grindstaff!
Have you always wanted a diorama or painting or marionette from these two but couldnt part with $1500-$5000 a piece?
Backers donating $50 can choose to be entered into a raffle to win a handcrafted puppet by Phantom Limb Company Puppet Master Erik Sanko or a diorama piece, painting or set model by Jessica Grindstaff. These original works of art will be yours to own and enjoy should you be the lucky name chosen when the campaign finishes. Winner will be contacted directly to select their piece.
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*This reward serves as a commission- if you like the puppets in these images, they can be remade for you if they are not available or you can commission something specific. If you like these dioramas and they are still available, you may have one of them. If they have sold in Erik and Jessica's exhibition this fall, you will have a private commission discussed between you and the artist.
11x17 Original Print by Sierra Urich - Choose 1 of 3 Selected Images Below
Risks and challenges
THE NEED FOR SUPPORT
We are off to a strong start. FALLING OUT is a recipient of the NEFA's prestigious National Theater Project Creation and Touring Grant, and we have received additional support from the Japan Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, The Rubin Foundation and New Music USA.
However, our work is not yet complete. Now we turn to our community to bring us to the finish line. Your contribution will go directly toward artist fees, travel and visa expenses for our Japanese collaborators, and materials to finish the physical production. How far does a contribution go? A $1,000 contribution pays for approximately 1 week of a performer's salary and benefits (we have 6 performers x 4 weeks). $5,000 pays for a designer's project fee (Set, Costume, Lighting, Sound, Video, Puppet). $1,500 pays for a round trip flight for one of our Tokyo-based collaborators (4 flights for rehearsal and performances at OZ and BAM). A single costume costs approximately $800 in materials and labor (there are 12 costumes in the production).
We are stepping outside of our comfort zone on multiple fronts: We are pushing our aesthetic boundaries by embracing the ethos and artistry of collaborators with radically different artistic practices, undergoing a sea change in the scale of our work to reach our impact goals, and deepening our commitment to moving the public discourse around climate action through our work. We are investing in building a production that can be nimble and tour with a light footprint so that we can bring FALLING OUT to more audiences than ever before.
As we near the end of our ten-year inquiry into the relationship between humans and the environment, we hope that FALLING OUT, the final work of our trilogy, inspires a new spirit of inquiry and hope.
Thanks to the support of our fiscal sponsor, New York Live Arts (a non-profit, tax exempt organization), your contribution is fully deductible to the extent allowed by law.
ABOUT OUR TEAM
Direction and Scenic Design: Jessica Grindstaff
Original Music and Puppet Design: Erik Sanko
Butoh Master: Dai Matsuoka
Video Design: Keith Skretch
Costume Design: Henrik Vibskov
Lighting Design: Brian H Scott
Sound Design: Darron L West
Dramaturg: Janice Paran
Production Manager: Meg Kelly
Stage Manager: Randi Rivera
Associate Director: Adin Walker
Japan Video footage courtesy of Sierra Urich
Performers: Nobuyoshi Asai, Klassic Carella, Emeri Fetzer, Takemi Kitamura, Dai Matsuoka, Kevin Boateng, Carlton Cyrus Ward
Produced by Octopus Theatricals
Executive/Creative Producer: Mara Isaacs
Associate Producer: Ronee Penoi
Production Coordinator: Bryan Hunt
SEE THE PERFORMANCE
OZ Arts Nashville presents FALLING OUT
October 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm
October 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm
BAM 2018 Next Wave Festival presents FALLING OUT at BAM Harvey Theater
Wed, Nov 7 at 7:30pm
Thu, Nov 8 at 7:30pm
Fri, Nov 9 at 7:30pm
Sat, Nov 10 at 7:30pm
Exciting engagement in Washington D.C. in Spring 2019 to be announced soon!
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