A New Work by Phantom Limb Company

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 contemporary flex dance and Japanese butoh tradition 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.

Premiere Fall 2018.  Available for touring beginning November 2018.

Creative Team

Director and Scenic Design: Jessica Grindstaff

Composer and Puppet Maker: Erik Sanko

Butoh Master: Dai Matsuoka

Featuring additional music by Jennifer Charles

Video Design: Keith Skretch

Lighting Design: Brian H Scott

Sound Design:  Darron L West

Dramaturg: Janice Paran

Creative Producer:  Mara Isaacs/Octopus Theatricals

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Falling Out is commissioned by BAM for the Next Wave Festival and is made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Falling Out was developed through residencies at John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts in Sheboygan, WI; CalArts Center for New Performance; Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden; the Hermitage Artist Retreat; and as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Process Space program.

Falling Out is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program; the Asian Cultural Council;the Jim Henson Foundation, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; New Music USA; and with the assistance of New York Live Arts. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit my project page: