Phantom Limb Company to Bring Eco-Fable to BAM with MEMORY RINGS

Inspired by the world's oldest living tree, Phantom Limb Company weaves an enchanting eco-fable through marionette-puppetry, dance, and original music with Memory Rings at BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St), Nov 17-20. Tickets start at $30.

This production marks first-time collaboration with choreographer Ryan Heffington. Memory Rings is conceived by Jessica Grindstaff and Erik Sanko, with direction and design by Jessica Grindstaff, original music and puppet design by Erik Sanko, costume design by Henrik Vibskov, lighting design by Brian H. Scott, sound design by Darron L. West, projection design by Keith Skretch, dramaturgy by Janice Paran.

From the rich imaginations of the acclaimed Phantom Limb Company comes Memory Rings, a spellbinding journey into the woods of a vanishing past and even more precarious future. A phantasmagoric mix of marionette-puppetry, choreography by Ryan Heffington, projections, music, and macabre fairy tales, this stunning theatrical collage unfolds beneath the boughs of the world's oldest tree, chronicling 5000 years of environmental change.

Following the company's 69?S. (2011 Next Wave Festival), Memory Rings is the second in a trilogy of original works about environmental connection and degradation. Inspired by the Methuselah Tree, a California bristlecone pine estimated to be more than 4800 years old, the work creates a meditative space for thought and reflection by blending together scenes and images drawn from mythology and fairy tales-from Gilgamesh to Snow White-while marionettes and dancers with full-head masks depict the many characters lurking in our forests, blurring the boundaries between human and animal, present and past, dream and reality.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Talk: Humans and Nature: Examining People and Climate Change
With Jessica Grindstaff, Erik Sanko, and Daniel Schrag, moderated by Anne Rademacher
Nov 19 at 6pm, BAM Fisher Hillman Studio (321 Ashland Pl)
Price: $20 ($10 for BAM Members)

Master Class: Phantom Limb Company
With Jessica Grindstaff and Erik Sanko
Co-presented by BAM and Mark Morris Dance Group
Nov 10 at 10am, Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Ave)
Price: $30
For artists of all backgrounds

Visit BAM.org/master-classes for more information and to register.



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