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Memory Telephone: An Interactive Installation

Inspired by an old rotary-dial phone booth set in the outskirts of Otsuchi, Japan, where residents and family members of the countless victims of the 2011 Tsunami record thoughts they wish to share with lost loved ones, Phantom Limb offers an interactive visual and audio installation designed to accompany the World Premiere production of Falling Out, presented at OZ Arts Nashville, October 12-13, 2018.

This Memory Phone is both an opportunity for community members to voice their thoughts and feelings on love, water, nature and loss in an enclosed and serene environment. Their private expressions are recorded and become part of an audio archive of the Memory Phone installation in all of its settings. For those who grant permission, those recordings may be used in future performances and/or a website documenting the experience.

Phantom Limb Company (PLC), based in New York City, is known for its work with marionette-puppetry and focus on collaborative, multi-media theatrical production and design. Co-founded in 2007 by installation artist, painter and set designer Jessica Grindstaff and composer and puppet maker Erik Sanko, Phantom Limb Phantom Limb harnesses theatrical elements (puppets, scenic design, movement and music) to create spellbinding, non-verbal, multi-media theatrical events. Phantom Limb includes a large rotating cast of friends, collaborators, artists, dancers and puppeteers. In their short career, Phantom Limb has produced The Fortune Teller, Dear Mme., The Devil You Know with Ping Chong, Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 69 ̊S. with The Kronos Quartet, and Peer Gynt with Republique Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark. Phantom Limb been commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and has received grants and awards from the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Jim Henson Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the National Science Foundation, New York State Composer’s Grant, MAP Fund, New Music USA and others.

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