Theatre Event

Phantom Limb Company presents

69° S: The Shackleton Project

Produced by Thomas O. Kriegsmann / ArKtype
Created by Phantom Limb
Directed by Sophie Hunter
Conceived in Collaboration with David Harrington/Kronos Quartet
Developed with Tony Taccone

Music composed by Erik Sanko
Set Design by Jessica Grindstaff
Puppet Design by Erik Sanko
Choreography by Andrea Miller
Video Design by Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty
Costumes by threeASFOUR
Lighting Design by Andrew Hill


An exhilarating team of contemporary musical, visual and performance artists recreate one of the greatest survival stories of all time, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1916 Antarctica expedition. Nearly 100 years after the legendary explorer Shackleton embarked on his iconic expedition to Antarctica, the miraculously talented performers of Phantom Limb Company bring this gripping tale back to life in a strange and beautiful form. Drawing inspiration from Phantom Limb’s recent Antarctic voyage, 69° South recounts the Shackleton saga in an eerie new work that blends puppetry, performance, visual art, and film.

Erik Sanko’s haunting, uncannily expressive three-foot-high marionettes, operated by white-clad dancer-puppeteers on stilts, share the stage with icebergs and a shipwrecked vessel, with inspiration drawn from travels in Antarctica and objects from Dartmouth College’s Polar Exploration collection. Featuring a haunting score by the Kronos Quartet, the show conjures up an unforgettable world of ice and darkness, where the only force stronger than the elements is the endurance of the human spirit.

In addition to this performance we have planned some exciting residency activities around this production:

OPEN DIALOGUE: Join us for an open conversation about collaboration and process with KSC Art faculty member Jonathan Gitelson and PLC artistic directors Erik Sanko and Jessica Grindstaff on Tuesday, February 14, at 12pm in the Harry Davis Room of the Redfern Arts Center.

MEET & GREET: The 69° S performance on February 15th will be preceded by a meet and greet with the artists at 6:45pm in the main lobby, and followed by question and answer session with the artistic directors and performers.

LOBBY EXHIBIT: Please stop by the Redfern lobby to see an historical exhibit of Shakleton’s crew and the chronological development of Phantom Limb’s 69° S.


Wednesday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.

Main Theatre
$35 - $15buy

Funded in part by Peerless Insurance and the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. Additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Access to Artistic Excellence program.