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Created by Phantom Limb
Directed by Sophie Hunter
Created in collaboration with David Harrington/Kronos Quartet
Developed with Tony Taccone
Choreographed by Andrea Miller
Sixty-nine degrees south latitude, threshold of Antarctica,
foreboding and cold. In an attempt to cross the continent, explorer
Ernest Shackleton and crew have been shipwrecked, and now-through
the work of Phantom Limb marionette maker and composer Erik Sanko
and set designer Jessica Grindstaff (both at BAM with More Than
Four, 2007 Next Wave)-they emerge before us in the snow.
Grammy-nominated junk-rock band Skeleton Key performs live as the puppets-animated by ghostly figures on stilts-navigate the forsaken plain. A cryptic geologic language accompanies their journey, composed of field recordings layered over a gripping minimalist score (recorded by Kronos Quartet). As astral projections bathe the audience in a long polar night, hope rises with the sun and a darkly beautiful vision of the Antarctic future unfolds in this tale of survival at the end of the earth.
Composed by Erik Sanko
Live Performance by Skeleton Key
Recorded Performance by Kronos Quartet
Set Design by Jessica Grindstaff
Puppet Design by Erik Sanko
Lighting Design by Andrew Hill
Video design by Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty
Costumes by threeASFOUR
Sound Design and Music Treatment by Martin J.A. Lambeek
69°S. is an ArKtype project produced in association with Beth Morrison Projects in co-production with Noorderzon/Grand Theatre Groningen en NNT, and co-commissioned by Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage, Boston, MA, and Arts Centre of Melbourne, Australia via residency development with the Victoria College of the Arts, EMPAC - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and MassMoCA. Additional funding provided by The Map Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Production design support provided by The Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York).