Production

69°S.

November 2 – 5, 2011


Alternate Title Sixty-Nine Degrees South
Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description 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.
Identifier 2011f.01075
Season Fall 2011
VenueBAM Strong (Majestic, BAM Majestic, BAM Harvey Theater, The Rudin Family Gallery)
adapterErik Sanko
choreographerAndrea Miller
composerErik Sanko
contributorTony Taccone
costume designerThreeASFOUR
lighting designerAndrew Hill
set designer/decorJessica Grindstaff

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