Youth Matters

The Youth Matters program provides educational exposure to the arts for New York City public school students in grades 6-12.  Youth Matters invites classes to high-caliber experiences in performances in dance, theater, spoken word, visual arts, and multimedia.

If you’re a teacher/educator interested in Youth Matters programming and class trips, please contact Susannah Abbate, Education Manager, at or 718-425-3512.

Memory Rings. Photo courtesy of Phantom Limb Company.

This year’s Youth Matters performance features Phantom Limb Company, a puppetry and dance company that tackles environmental and social issues.

Falling Out is the third part in a trilogy exploring environmental issues and will leave students thinking about man’s relationship to the environment and to each other.  This beautiful performance is an artistic response to the radiation crisis in Fukishima, Japan.  The themes can be connected to global history, creating cultural understanding, and exploring artistic career paths.  Phantom Limb Company is workshopping the piece in residence at Snug Harbor prior to opening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival.

The Youth Matters program will take place on May 2, 2018, and bring students to Snug Harbor for the performance and Q&A.  Students will have the opportunity for in-depth access to working artists at the age when they are most receptive to new cultural and career experiences.

New York City-based Phantom Limb Company (PLC) is known for their work with marionette puppetry and focus on collaborative, multi-media theatrical production and design. Co-founded in 2007 by artist, director and set designer Jessica Grindstaff and composer and puppet maker Erik Sanko, PLC has been lauded for its unconventional approach to this venerable format with a particular focus on combining the body, dance, and puppetry.  PLC includes a large rotating cast of friends, collaborators, artists, dancers and puppeteers.

Falling Out. Photo courtesy of Phantom Limb Company.

They have collaborated with Tony Taccone, Lemony Snicket, Danny Elfman, Jim Jarmusch, The Kronos Quartet, Gavin Friday, Ryan Heffington, Jeffery Zeigler, and Sophie Hunter, among other luminaries.

For the past decade, PLC has been developing a trilogy that grapples with human relationship to nature and climate change through several different lenses.  The first, 69˚S. opened in 2011 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and toured extensively.  The second, set to premiere this fall, is entitled Memory Rings.  The final piece, Falling Out, is a cross-cultural collaboration with Japan and is in development now.

Falling Out is commissioned by BAM and is made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Falling Out is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, the Asian Cultural Council, the Jim Henson Foundation, New Music USA, and The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Falling Out was developed as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space program and is made possible with the assistance of New York Live Arts.

This program was made possible with public funds provided by Councilmember Debi Rose and
Councilmember Steven Matteo and the New York City Council.