Original Phantom Limb Company Production
Memory Rings is a part of a greater trilogy that includes 69˚S., united by ecological and environmental threads of narrative and research. The title refers to both the resonance and impact of 4784 years of a living being and the poetry of age shown through Dendrochronology, or aging using the rings at a tree's core. The memory of who we have been, the growth of the tree, and the changing environment are all represented with cycles and circles. The tree is a living record of everything that has transpired during its history as it stands in mute testimony of civilization’s encroachment.
Our story is told through a series of overlapping scenarios that come together to confront us with one profound choice. The epic tale of Gilgamesh, woodland creatures as storytellers, fairy tales full of enchanted forests, and a new fable - the disintegration of four people in an identity crisis - all overlap. Dance, puppetry, mask, installation, music, projections, costume, and the occasional bit of Nietzsche are all judiciously used to tell our otherwise wordless story.
Brooklyn Academy of Music Blog, Robert Jackson Wood | "Memory Rings - A Giving Tree"
Vice Media, The Creators Project | Culture Beat Episode 6
Vogue | "Behind the Scenes of BAM's Haunting New Show, Memory Rings"
Nashville Arts Critic | "Brilliant 'Memory Rings' Encourages An Essential Reconnection"
Origin Magazine | "100 Top Creatives"
PROCESS to PREMIERE
CONCEIVED BY Jessica Grindstaff and Erik Sanko
DIRECTION & DESIGN | Jessica Grindstaff
PUPPET DESIGN AND ORIGINAL MUSIC | Erik Sanko
CHOREOGRAPHY | Ryan Heffington
COSTUME DESIGN | Henrik Vibskov
SOUND DESIGN | Darron L. West
VIDEO DESIGN | Keith Skretch
COLLABORATING ARCHITECT | Gia Wolf
DRAMATURGY | Janice Paran
PRODUCER | Mara Isaacs, Octopus Theatricals
STAGE MANAGER | Randi Rivera
PRODUCING ASSOCIATE, COMPANY MANAGER | Bryan Hunt
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT | Corps Liminis
PROJECT CONSULTANT | Julia Glawe
FRAGRANCE DESIGN | Douglas Little
VOICE OF LITTLE RED | Freya Sanko
SPOKEN EXCERPT, "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" | Jennifer Charles
Media Courtesy of Sierra Ulrich, Pacific Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service, Prelinger Archives
Aaron Mattocks (Dance Captain)
Carlton Cyrus Ward
Lisa K. Locke
Memory Rings premiered at OZ Arts Nashville in June 2015 and is commissioned by BAM for the Next Wave Festival, CAP UCLA, the New York University Abu Dhabi Arts Center and ASU Gammage at Arizona State University. Development residencies provided by OZ Arts Nashville, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Rauschenberg Residency, MASSMoCA in North Adams, MA, and The Hermitage. Additional support provided by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Paisley Powell Elebash Fund, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; The Jim Henson Foundation. Memory Rings is made possible with the assistance of New York Live Arts.