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Phantom Limb Company's FALLING OUT examines 2011 Fukushima disaster through the lens of puppetry, butoh and dance.
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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.

Dai Matsuoka in Falling Out at John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Dai Matsuoka in Falling Out at John Michael Kohler Arts Center

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. 

REWARDS

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.
 

See example images: 

Fat Man by Erik Sanko
Fat Man by Erik Sanko
Mother Crow by Jessica Grindstaff
Mother Crow by Jessica Grindstaff
Rabbit Marionette by Erik Sanko
Rabbit Marionette by Erik Sanko
Forest for The Trees by Jessica Grindstaff
Forest for The Trees by Jessica Grindstaff

*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!

FOR MORE
Instagram | @phantomlimbcompany
Facebook | @phantomlimbcompany
Twitter | @PhantomLimbCo

To see past productions and learn more about our collaborations visit www.phantomlimbcompany.com

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    Have you always wanted a diorama or painting or marionette from Erik Sanko or Jessica Grindstaff but couldn't 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. (See campaign story for example images!) These original works of art will be yours to own and enjoy should you be the lucky name chosen when the campaign finishes.

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    11x17 Professional Print by Sierra Urich

    3/11 marks the day of the Fukushima disaster of which this play stands to explore and honor. For a $311 donation we would like to give to you a very special 11 x 17 high quality print (unframed) professional image for Phantom Limb Company's "Falling Out" SIGNED by photographer/filmmaker Sierra Urich. Photos taken in winter at Rockaway Beach in New York featuring Falling Out set design and original Phantom Limb puppet for the production.

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    Invited Rehearsal + Drinks with Company

    You are invited to get up close and personal with Phantom Limb Company as we work! Step into the studio with Jessica Grindstaff and Erik Sanko, performers (AND puppets!) and see behind the scenes in the building of the production. After rehearsal, join the company to chat, ask questions and share feedback at a local hot spot! First drink is on us.

    Window for rehearsals September 7 - 11 at Brooklyn Academy of Music. This opportunity is only available in NYC.

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    Premium Seating Tickets + After Party

    2 Premium Seating Tickets to Opening Night of "Falling Out" plus access to VIP After Party

    This opportunity available at OZ Arts in Nashville, BAM Harvey Theater in NYC, or Special Venue TBA in Washington D.C.

    Opening Nights October 12 (Nashville) or November 7 (BAM) or April 5 (Washington D.C.) includes VIP after party. If you are unable to attend, we will be happy to accommodate you at the performance of your choice for Nashville, New York City or Washington D.C.

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    Weekend Puppetry Intensive for 4

    In an exclusive and hands-on weekend puppetry intensive, you and three friends will learn the art of puppet making with Erik Sanko in Phantom Limb Company's Tribeca studios in New York City.

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    Original Puppet Commission by Erik Sanko

    Own your very own commissioned puppet by Phantom Limb Company's puppet craftsman Erik Sanko -- an irreplaceable piece of art for your own collection. Yourself, your dog, your favorite author, Harry Houdini or an Erik Sanko invented creature -- anything you can imagine!

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