Endlessly inventive theater artists Jessica Grindstaff and Erik Sanko offer an emotional call to climate action. Inspired by the catastrophic 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster, this rippling meditation on water, heartbreak, and toxic fallout fuses Japanese butoh tradition and contemporary flex dance with Phantom Limb’s singular style of puppet theater. Created in collaboration with Dai Matsuoka of the transportive dance troupe Sankai Juku, Falling Out weaves music, movement, and design into a haunting tapestry of collective collapse and renewal.

Image description: a man on his back, with his head and shoulders raised off the ground with a strained look on his face. His arms and legs are raised and are supporting a mannequin puppet that appears to be floating above him.

Dai Matsuoka in Falling Out. (Courtesy of John Michael Kohler Arts Center 1520).

Falling Out is presented as part of The Lab’s CrossCurrents, a city-wide biennial performing arts festival to highlight innovative artists from around the world who are harnessing the power of performance to humanize global politics.

The CrossCurrents Festival will feature a wide range of work at different stages of development and will engage conversations around critical topics with policymakers, artists, scholars, activists, and leaders.

Photo courtesy of Sierra Urich.

Phantom Limb Company (PLC), New York City-based, is known for its work with marionette-puppetry and focus on collaborative, multi-media theatrical production and design. Co-founded in 2007 by artist, director and set designer Jessica Grindstaff and composer and puppet maker Erik Sanko, Phantom Limb has been lauded for its unconventional approach to this venerable format with a particular focus on combining the body, dance and puppetry.  Phantom Limb includes a large rotating cast of friends, collaborators, artists, dancers and puppeteers.

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Banner photo courtesy of Sierra Urich. Falling Out is co-presented in collaboration with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

CrossCurrents is funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.