Falling Out | Oct 12 & 13
OZ Arts Nashville
Fri, Oct 12 8:00 pm

Falling Out 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 – What of love? What of loss, on both a human and planetary scale? Falling Out was inspired in part by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan, and its resulting nuclear disaster. The set design for Falling Out began taking shape when Jessica Grindstaff, Phantom Limb Company founder, director and set designer, 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. “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.” ~ Jessica Grindstaff October 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm October 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm  
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