This is Phantom Limb’s “Falling Out” photo by Sierra Urich

OZ Arts Nashville is set to delight local audiences with another world premiere in Nashville on October 2018 with a distinctive collaboration. The acclaimed New York-based Phantom Limb Company, which premiered its work Memory Rings at OZ Arts in 2015, returns for the world premiere of Falling Out, the final installment in the same trilogy. The company incorporates puppetry, original music, projection design and dance to heighten environmental awareness.

In 2015, the world premiere of Phantom Limb Company’s Memory Rings mesmerized OZ Arts audiences with its creative use of puppetry, storytelling, multimedia and environmental emphasis. Told from the perspective of the world’s oldest living tree, Memory Rings served as the second in a trilogy exploring human connection to our surroundings. The trilogy began in 2011 with 69ËšS., inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. This year, the trilogy completes with the world premiere of Falling Out, inspired in part by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan, and its resulting nuclear disaster.

“Each piece examines our current climate crisis through a specific lens, all with the same end goal: to go straight to the heart and then mind of the viewer, inspiring in them an energy to go out and create or conserve in a way that best serves their own communities,” says Phantom Limb Company founder, director and set designer Jessica Grindstaff.

The set design for Falling Out began taking shape when Grindstaff noticed the way her daughter’s tutu crept across the bedroom floor, impelled by the breeze of a nearby window. The unseen effects of radiation from Fukushima came to mind. Grindstaff and Erik Sanko, company founder, puppet designer and composer, are lifelong fans of the modern Japanese dance style Butoh—and the group Sankai Juku in particular. Butoh first appeared an artistic response to the bombings of Hiroshima, and the pieces began falling into place. Working with Sankai Juku Butoh master Dai Matsuoka, Phantom Limb Company started merging the principles of Butoh and puppetry. The story of falling out of relationship emerged on a personal scale, highlighting loss on a grander one. And still, upon reflection of this work, the trilogy and its larger lessons, Grindstaff discovered that while one person cannot solve the world’s enormous problems, an accumulation of many people doing small things does return a sense of hope and optimism for the future.

Falling Out, then, incorporates puppetry, video, original music, flex dance and Butoh, swirling in a diaphanous installation that promises to move, inspire and continue prompting questions about humans in relationship with the planet.  Falling Out will travel to New York following the OZ Arts premiere and will be part of the BAM Next Wave Festival.

The New York-based Phantom Limb Company has received support and grants from the Jim Henson Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artist and Writers Program, the New York State Composer’s Grant, MAP Fund, Edith Luytens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund, New Music USA, the New England Foundation for the Arts National Touring Project, New Music USA and the Japan Foundation, as well as being Hermitage Artist Residency Fellows, Rauschenberg Residency Fellows and recipients of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award.

Doors open at 7:00 PM

Performance starts at 8:00 PM

Run time:  80 minutes, no intermission

$60 per person (Appropriate for all ages)

Tickets available at www.OZArtsNashville.org

About OZ Arts Nashville

Since opening in 2014, OZ Arts Nashville, a 501(c)(3) contemporary arts center, has changed the cultural landscape of the city. Housed in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family, OZ Arts, under the artistic leadership of Lauren Snelling, brings world-class performances and art installations to the city, and gives ambitious local artists opportunities to work on a grand scale. The flexible 10,000 square-foot, column-free venue, nestled amidst five acres of artfully landscaped grounds, is continually reconfigured to serve artists’ imaginations, and to challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences. OZ Arts is supported in part by Metro Arts – Nashville Office of Arts + Culture.

For more information, please visit http://www.ozartsnashville.org/.