Tickets for 69°S at EMPAC

69 south phantom limb at empac

Antarctica. And puppets.

Update: Drawing's closed. Winner has been emailed!

We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for what looks like an interesting performance at EMPAC this Friday and Saturday: 69°S. From the blurbage:

Inspired by Sir Ernest Shackleton's harrowing expedition to Antarctica in 1914, Phantom Limb unites puppetry, dance, film, history, and photography with contemporary music to create a stunning vision of the great arctic continent--past, present, and future. Dim light plays across a lunar terrain dotted with icebergs. Shackleton's crew, played by half-life-size puppets, struggles to survive in this vast landscape, putting into stark relief the power of endurance and camaraderie and the price of knowledge. With sound that combines the junkyard dog aesthetic of the band Skeleton Key playing live, a score recorded by the Kronos Quartet, and glacial field recordings, 69ËšS. mines the inherently bittersweet and complex nature of the Shackleton experience and what the future may hold for this fragile environment.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What place in the Capital Region would you like to explore?

It could be a place you've already been -- or someplace that you just haven't had to chance to get to (for whatever reason). We'll draw one winner at random from the comments.

The performance of 69ËšS at EMPAC is a preview ahead of the work's premiere at Dartmouth later this year. The performances are at 8 pm both Friday and Saturday night. Tickets are $18.

Important: All comments must be submitted by 11:59 am on Tuesday (September 20, 2011) to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm on Tuesday and must respond by 10 am Wednesday (September 21, 2011).

photo: Sarah Walker


The tunnels under the Empire State Plaza are a sight I've never seen in the 30 years I've lived in the Capital District!!

The Bannerman Castle, *at night*, with a 10 million candlepower spotlight and a camera. But that's just me. I would settle for an extended stay in Crisan's kitchen.

Oh man. I would love to get into St. Joseph's Academy for a little urban exploration. Actually, that goes for any of the huge, decrepit warehouses down by the river.

Any abandoned place in the Capital Region...those places that you drive by and are always curious about, but can never get into (legally).

when i was little my gamma and i would ride around her neighborhood in saratoga on bicycles seeking out grand houses for sale with fantasy plans of pretending to be buyers in order to explore... i still kind of want to do this, but she is 90 now so it might be a little more difficult to execute our master plan ;)

Pebbles Island State Park

I was going to say Peebles Island but since Frank just said that above I will go with the Huyck Preserve. Both places sound great and I haven't yet been to either.

I keep meaning to go to the petrified sea gardens at Lester Park but haven't found the time. one of these days!

Howes cavern, I've been meaning to go there

Id like to go and explore Adams MA... I've driven through and it seems like a nice area.

I would like to explore the Appalachian Trail or canoe the Erie Canal.

I'd be happy exploring EMPAC! I work just down the hill yet I've never been...


I mean, I've been there once, but once is definitely NOT enough for such an astounding space.

Hmm, then I would like to wander up to the RPI observatory or perhaps out to Grafton Lake for a little star gazing... I've never been to either of those places.

And to complete this date night (that's what you wanted, right) I would like to shoot up to Esperanto for some late night tacos! Never been there either!

Looking forward to it!

The buildings around Washington Park in Troy. The old architecture is amazing.

I'd love to go and explore Secret Caverns. I've been to Howe, but never to secret. I'd love to see that huge waterfall!

Roads that lead up to the Adirondacks that AREN'T the Northway. I know I'm missing a lot of cool stuff and little towns.

There's a gorgeous HUGE white building at the corner of Colonie and Center Street that I am VERY curious about!

I would love to see the inside of some of the govt buildings downtown. Drive around them all the time, but have never gone in!

The Normanskill Creek and some of the landmarks on it: the Port of Albany, Kenwood Convent of the Sacred Heart, Watervliet Reservoir...

The Half Moon would be cool to explore while its docked in Albany.

I'm sure that if you dangled over the cliff on a rope there must be amazing caves at Thatcher Park that aren't accessible from the trails. Unfortunately I don't have those rope-dangling skills. Maybe Washington Irving was wrong and Rip Van Winkle actually fell asleep in the Helderbergs.

The abandoned ballrooms in Lea Donnan's Burden Letter Project.

the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway and the Canalway

Yes I know it's decrepit, but I must get inside Troy Proctor's theater.

you know what would cool, how about someone make an "unofficial" website or book dedicated to all these "must see" spots around the areas.

The places we all really need to see -- not the usuals.

hey slacker, if I win you can come with me!

This show was absolutely beautiful. Costumes, set, puppeteers on stilts(!), lighting, live music, this is a fantastic performance that you can still catch tomorrow (Saturday). If you do, sit in the first row.

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