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In 69°S., Phantom Limb Company's Jessica Grindstaff and Erik Sanko recreate one of the greatest survival stories of all time, Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914-1916 Antarctica expedition. Three-foot-high marionettes share the stage with icebergs and a shipwrecked vessel, with inspiration drawn from historic records, a trip to the South Pole, and conversations about the continent's future with polar scientists and environmental researchers.

What does it take to bring 69°S. from the South Pole to the stage?

photoIn this digital scrapbook, 69°S. co-commissioner the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College invites you to snoop through Phantom Limb's original research. Erik and Jessica's travel journals, design sketches, interview footage, photographs, and residency notes take you deep inside the creative process. Ideas are explored, focused, refashioned, and occasionally discarded in preparation for the North American Premiere in September 2011. Join them on the ice, before seeing them in the theater.

Shackleton puppet