Phantom Limb Co. – 69º S.

Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922), one of the first polar explorers, forms a link between Groningen and New York in 2011. His life story and quest for the Magnetic South Pole are narratives of courage, endurance, hardship and also of tender humanity. The New York company Phantom Limb Company was inspired by his story and used it as the basis for its beautiful puppet theatre performance.

In conjunction with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet (which produced the marvellous soundtrack) the ThreeASFOUR collective (that designed the costumes), and director Sophie Hunter with additional development by acclaimed director Tony Taccone, Phantom Limb Company continues its trail-blazing activities with Erik Sanko’s fascinating puppets. Against a grandiose backdrop (with a ship and costumes made in Groningen), not only is Shackleton’s journey across Antarctica revitalized but the dazzling series of tableaux vivants also transports you to the ice-cold continent of the year 2011.

69º S. is a co-production of ArKtype, Noorderzon, Grand Theatre and NNT.

Client Phantom Limb Co. & Noorderzon
Link Phantom Limb Co. – 69º S.

Created by
Phantom Limb Co.
Directed by Sophie Hunter
Conceived in Collaboration with David Harrington/Kronos Quartet
Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann
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
Original Lighting Concept by André Pronk
Recorded Performance by Kronos Quartet
String Arranger Jacob Garchick
Live Performance and Additional Music by Skeleton Key
Sound Design and Music Treatment by Martin J.A. Lambeek
Contributing Sound Designers Tei Blow, Zachary Layton and Andy Green’