About the Grant

$35,000 to support 69˚S (MAP 2010), a new work inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition and Antarctica’s past, present and future. Co-conceived by Phantom Limb (Jessica Grindstaff and Erik Sanko, co-artistic directors) and Kronos Quartet, this visual narrative installation-in-motion melds theatrical performance, puppetry, architecture, photography, film and dance with original contemporary music and an unconventional acoustic palette to create a moving artistic and emotional journey.

About the Project

69˚ S. will bring unknown Antarctica to an audience, reinvigorating the spirit of foregoing individual glory for the sake of collective survival and seeking to find humanity in the face of crisis. Ancient and universal themes including the price of knowledge, the inevitability of adversity, and the power of endurance and camaraderie will provide emotional ballast that resonate powerfully in 21st Century hearts and minds.  69˚ S. unites a diverse range of contemporary musical, visual, and performance artists in collaboration to explore the inherently bittersweet and complex nature of the Shackleton experience and what the future may hold for this fragile environment.

Choreographed by Christopher Williams, directed by Gia Forakis with original composition by Erik Sanko, 69˚ S. is being developed at Hopkins Center for the Arts, Mass MoCA, Emerson College and the Noorderzon Festival in Groningen, Holland, and will make its European premiere in August 2011, with US premiere at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, and New York premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival.

An ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann project produced in association with Beth Morrison Projects.

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