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Inspiration: The Original Concept

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Erik:
It started originally with a staging idea, which involved putting marionette operators on stilts. Around the same time Jessica had been saying that she really wanted for there to be a boat in the next set that we did. So we pictured this vast white area and a boat in the set and we thought, 'Where do you see a lot of white stuff and a boat?' We thought of these iconic Frank Hurley photographs from Shackleton's trip.
 

Jessica:
We wanted to find out what impact that story has now. And that's how we sort of came around to this idea of looking at 69 degrees south and [Shackleon's] moment of crisis.


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photoPhantom Limb Company first traveled to Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) in 2009, when they performed The Fortune Teller at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Since then, the Hop has sponsored two developmental residencies for 69°S. and helped connect Erik and Jessica with resources on campus.
 

In its extensive Stephansson Collection, Dartmouth College's Rauner Special Collection Library holds Thomas Orde-Lees' diary from the Endurance expedition. Jessica and Erik visited Rauner during a 2009 residency and explored the Stephansson collection, taking notes and images from the diary.


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Video by Thom Bertelson

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