Original Phantom Limb Company Production
OZ Arts, Nashville October 2018
BAM Next Wave Festival, NYC November 2018
The Kennedy Center and The Laboratory for Global Politics and Performance at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. April 2019

Falling Out is the final piece in Phantom Limb’s trilogy about people’s changing relationship to nature over time. A highly anticipated and deeply researched production, Falling Out examines the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear meltdown that ravaged the region of Fukushima, Japan in 2011, marking the most fatal natural disaster in history. Blending puppetry with the distinct Japanese art of Butoh, Phantom Limb Company collaborates with Dai Matsuoka of Sankai Juku to investigate the shared language of Butoh and puppetry to express loss and life afterwards. Flex dancer Klassic Carella, in the unique language of this rising street style, brings another movement texture that strikes a deep chord in this story.


Already, Phantom Limb Company has completed several artistic residencies to build this work: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space on Governor’s Island, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, CalArts Center for New Performance and most recently, a development and technical residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI. With funding from the Asian Cultural Council,  Artistic Director Jessica Grindstaff was able to travel for 3 months to Fukushima and Northern Tokohu this past spring to interview residents, scholars and scientists, create original video footage as well as see these devastated areas for herself. We are now ready to synthesize all we have learned to bring "Falling Out" to life and share it with our audiences. 

Photo Bessire Photography, OZ Arts Nashville

Photo Bessire Photography, OZ Arts Nashville

Photo Bessire Photography, OZ Arts Nashville

Photo Bessire Photography, OZ Arts Nashville


Direction and Scenic Design: Jessica Grindstaff
Original Music and Puppet Design: Erik Sanko
Butoh Master: Dai Matsuoka
Video Design: Keith Skretch
Costume Design: Henrik Vibskov
Lighting Design: Brian H Scott
Sound Design:  Darron L West
Dramaturg: Janice Paran
Production Manager: Meg Kelly
Stage Manager: Randi Rivera  
Associate Director: Adin Walker

Performers: Nobuyoshi Asai, Banks Artiste, Emeri Fetzer, Takemi Kitamura, Dai Matsuoka, Kevin Boateng, Carlton Cyrus Ward 

Produced by Octopus Theatricals
Executive/Creative Producer: Mara Isaacs
Associate Producer: Ronee Penoi
Production Coordinator: Bryan Hunt

Banner Images and Japan Documentation by Sierra Urich
Special Thanks :
Moving lines projected onto tulle inspired by the work of Light Artist Christine Sciulli |


Falling Out is commissioned by BAM for the 2018 Next Wave Festival and is made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Falling Out was developed through residencies at John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts in Sheboygan, WI; CalArts Center for New Performance; Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden; the Hermitage Artist Retreat; and as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Process Space program.

Falling Out is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program; the Asian Cultural Council;the Jim Henson Foundation, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; New Music USA; and with the assistance of New York Live Arts. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit my project page: