PHANTOM LIMB COMPANY: Falling Out (Work In Progress)

Evening Performance

7:30 p.m.

A disconnected telephone becomes a portal between the living and the dead, the searchers and the sought, in Phantom Limb Company’s moving new work titled Falling Out. Inspired in part by the 2011 tsunami in Fukushima, Japan, and its aftermath, Falling Out is a mesmerizing performance installation exploring love and loss on a human and planetary scale. A delicate sea of tulle transforms into earth and ether, swaddling and shroud, as puppetry, video, original music, butoh, and flex dance fuse in a web of heartbreaking beauty and collective responsibility. Falling Out is the third and final installment in Phantom Limb’s trilogy about our changing relationship with nature.

$15 ($10 member)


Phantom Limb Company, Falling Out. Photo: Daniel Efram, 2016.


The Arts Center’s first technical residency hosts Phantom Limb Company, April 8–20. Phantom Limb Director Jessica Grindstaff and composer/puppet-maker Erik Sanko collaborate with Japanese butoh master Dai Matsuoka and an ensemble of actor/dancer/puppeteers in the creation of an intimate and poetic final installment to their environmental trilogy.

Arts Center visitors are encouraged to peak in and see the work in creation when Phantom Limb is here for two weeks. Their residency culminates with a work-in-progress showing. This is an exciting opportunity to experience a production in its developing form. Attendees are invited to meet the company for coffee the following morning at 9:00 a.m., April 20, at Paradigm Coffee & Music for further conversation about the work that is set to premiere fall, 2018.

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Crane Group.  Funding was also provided by the Kohler Trust for the Arts and Education, Kohler Foundation, Inc., and the Frederic Cornell Kohler Charitable Trust.