Ticket Prices

$18 youth, $22 adult

About this performance

8 p.m. Yardley Hall

This new work by puppet theater company Phantom Limb re-enacts the extraordinary events of 1914 when Ernest Shackleton and 27 others set out to be the first team of explorers to cross Antarctica.

The plot combines a dark aesthetic with fantastic music to lead us to the ultimately happy ending.

In this video, Jessica Grindstaff and Erik Sanko, co-artistic directors for Phantom Limb, explain the origin of 69° South and detail what you'll see and hear during the performance.

Grindstaff and Sanko will deliver a pre-show talk.

Created by Phantom Limb
Directed by Sophie Hunter
Choreography by Andrea Miller
Conceived in Collaboration with David Harrington/Kronos Quartet
Developed with Tony Taccone
Composed by Erik Sanko
Set Design by Jessica Grindstaff
Puppet Design by Erik Sanko
Video Design by Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty
Costumes by threeASFOUR

  • Family-friendly Show
  • Pre-event Talk
  • Outreach Education

Arts Education

Workshops, Master Classes, Outreach Activities
November 9-10, 2011

School/Community Show
9:45 a.m., November 11, 2011

Grades 4 up
Curriculum connections: writing, science, history, interpersonal relationships

The Shackleton Project aims to bring the unknown Antarctica to the audience, reinvigorating the spirit of foregoing individual glory for the sake of collective survival.

This is a re-enactment of the 1914 Ernest Shackleton Expedition whose team of 27 were the first explorers to cross Antarctica. Ancient and universal themes include the price of knowledge, the inevitability of adversity and struggle, and ultimately, the power of endurance and camaraderie.

Outreach activities include set design, puppetry, creative teamwork, leadership and trust.

School/Community shows are hour-long performances connect students with curriculum standards. Tickets are $5 each and include online study guides that provide artist information to enhance the live performance. Call 913-469-4445 to purchase tickets.

Artists can also provide performances at your school, master classes and workshops for students, and professional development. The fee for performances at your site is $3 or $5 per student depending on group size. For more information, e-mail Angel Mercier, Arts Education program director, or call her at 913-469-8500, ext. 4221.

Additional funding for 69° South – The Shackleton Project, provided by The Map Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.