Phantom Limb Company, New York City-based, is known for its work with marionette-puppetry and focus on collaborative, multi-media theatrical production and design. Co-founded in 2007 by installation artist, painter and set designer Jessica Grindstaff and composer and puppet maker Erik Sanko, Phantom Limb has been lauded for its unconventional approach to this venerable format. This is a place for what is in the NOW, tests, works-in progress, related commissions and other current good things..
And now in the last week of rehearsals- still working like mad to have all of the details come together both in performance and design. One couldnt ask for a better team than we have here in both areas- we are lucky collaborators. Below are a few shots- final shots will come soon and if you are in Copenhagen, by all means come see the show at Republique!
There are those lights that we made the tiny sketch for…
The Wedding Party. It reminds me of the early spiritualist photos
One of my favorites from that time
And the sea…
In November we began a rehearsal process in the foyer outside of the theatre while the sets were being fabricated inside the theatre by an incredibly hard working and detail oriented group of Danes. We looked at costume mock ups, talked about lights- lots of lights- embedded in costumes etc, met with hat makers and worked alongside props and scenic painters- not a lot of rest but a lot of fun. We taught the performers how to string and operate marionettes which had shipped in crates from NYC. We spent two weeks in the rehearsals with the team and then handed all over to Rolf only to return again in January.
Sketch for Peer’s name in Lights.
One of the mourners masks
Stig Anderson- Danish hatmaker extraordinaire- 2nd generation- when asked when he started making hats- he said, “When I was born.”
A blank canvas (our marionette stage)
The canvas getting full, the table getting full and our Peer bunraku puppet in action with the pig puppet….
Becca Barnet- RISD graduate and former Phantom Limb intern has started her own company Sisal and Tow and PLC commissioned her to make us a deer head piece mask. Pictures of it in action coming soon- below Erik dons the mask.
The set with its clothes off…
String begins with a spider puppet of course. Never start with the easiest thing.
Working on the big Peer head that you saw pictures of earlier.
Testing out the multiple PEER idea… it works!
And our fearless director Rolf Heim on the case.
We had two fantastic artists from Australia working with us this summer- Ashley Hughes and Lauren Redpath. Here are some images from the studio of the puppet making process. Peer Gynt is a play about identity- the perfect opportunity to make 20 different versions of the same man…
Lauren and Ash working away in our Bushwick studio. Photo: Alex Pines
Making the pattern for the big head. Photo: Alex Pines
Pattern Making Photo: Ash Hughes
And we have a big head pattern. Photo: Ash Hughes
Lauren working at Erik’s bench- note the Danish flag… Photo: Alex Pines
Naked puppets Photo: Ash Hughes
Starting the many masks Photo: Ash Hughes
Hand puppets Photo: Ash Hughes
Arms and Legs Photo: Pakayla Biehn
Phantom Limb has been working on a collaboration with director Rolf Heim and Republique Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark for the past year. Opening night is this Saturday 1-18-14 and we thought we’d take some time to show you a bit of the process. The show is an adaptation of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. We start with a set model.