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November 8, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Falling Out is a richly imagined, genre-defying performance piece that explores the psychic dimension of environmental catastrophe. Created in response to Japan’s 2011 tsunami and Fukushima power plant disaster, it fuses butoh tradition with puppetry, contemporary Flex dance, original music, and haunting theatricality to tell a story of personal grief and global rupture. Developed in collaboration with butoh master Dai Matsuoka of Sankai Juku, Falling Out also serves as the final installment in Phantom Limb’s environmental trilogy. BAM previously presentedMemory Rings (2016 NWF) and 69° S. (a collaboration with Kronos Quartet, 2011 NWF). Taken together, these works demonstrate the company’s longstanding commitment to the principled intersection of art and environmental awareness.
The hybrid performance style of Falling Out deliberately juxtaposes different performing traditions: puppetry—a hallmark of Phantom Limb’s work; butoh, a hypnotic and hyper-controlled Japanese dance form; and Flex, a Brooklyn-born dance style utilizing a liquid movement vocabulary. More than the sum of its parts, Falling Out creates a stunning associative web of heartbreaking beauty and collective responsibility.