Arts and Activism Combine in Powerful Performance
Arts and Activism Combine in Powerful Performance

As part of the UtahPresents 2019-20 Season, a powerful pairing of environmental science and performing arts is presented with Phantom Limb Company’s performance of Falling Out, the third installment in the company’s trilogy on people’s relationship to nature over time. The piece is a mesmerizing depiction of love, loss, and survival in the aftermath of the nuclear fallout in Fukushima, Japan.

Falling Out will be performed on Friday, March 20 at 7:30PM at Kingsbury Hall Hall. Tickets: $20-30 general public, $5 U of U students, and $10 for all other students. Tickets are available at or by calling 801-581-7100.

Blending multimedia theatre with marionette puppetry, Japanese Butoh, and krump dancing, Phantom Limb’s Falling Out is an evocative exploration of what hope means in a time of climate chaos. The performance focuses on the efforts to clean contaminated areas surrounding the nuclear plant, and the company hopes that it inspires empathy and action from audience members. In a 2017 interview published on the website Artists & Climate Change, artist, director, set designer, and Phantom Limb co-founder Jessica Grindstaff explained that “direct, instructive, didactic information about climate seems to slide right off of most people’s back. [But] the puppets somehow manage to creep into our most vulnerable parts and resonate.” 

The performance is presented in partnership with the University of Utah Sustainability Office and the Global Change and Sustainability Center. Prior to the performance, Grindstaff and other company members will participate in workshops and lectures with students from both sustainability and theatre disciplines, exploring the issues from the play and the larger theme of using the arts to inspire change and impact global conversations about environmental issues.

A video trailer of the performance can be viewed here:

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.