Live Window Revue: Phantom Limb
Meet the dynamic-duo behind the New York City-based, and critically acclaimed Phantom Limb, a company that specializes in the reinvention of traditional theatrical forms. Wonder what will be up their sleeve this Thursday night!?
Bergdorf Goodman: Hi guys! So great to have you here talking about Fashions Night Out, and a few other topics.
Jessica Grindstaff: Great to be here! Thanks for having us.
BG: Okay, so like I mentioned, we’re here talking about this year’s Fashions Night Out. Is this your first time performing in a store window?
Erik Sanko: Yes, but a few of our marionettes did runway work for the G.I. Joe Summer haute couture line.
Jessica Grindstaff: I used to do some work for Anthropologie and by accident you were often “caught in the act”. One of my favorite seasons was when we made a giant sized birds nests 25′ long. At one point, I was completely covered in sticks and vines from head to toe and you couldn’t tell the difference between me and the display!
BG: Very cool. Love being “caught in the act!” Now onto a trickier question… what would you say was your worst childhood fashion memory?
Erik Sanko: During nap time at kindergarten once I had to strip down to my underwear because I was wearing a white turtleneck sweater in May. The teacher thought I was going to pass out, and I was so traumatized I haven’t worn a white turtleneck since.
Jessica Grindstaff: When I was six: my mother carrying me onto the school bus. I was crying and struggling in a red and orange plaid dress (colors I still will not wear) for picture day. It was pretty bad. I ended up picking out a miniature leather skirt with fake plastic chains draped off of it, which was rejected for the dress my mother chose.
BG: Hilarious examples! What would you say was your most memorable blunder and embarrassing moment on stage?
Erik Sanko: While quietly placing a marionette in his position in the dark, I was mortified when the lights came up and I saw his head was on completely backwards. I had to go through the entire routine with him doing his finest Linda Blair impersonation.
Jessica Grindstaff: Being on-stage.
BG: Ah! Linda Blair impersonations, caught in the act, and being on stage at all… ouch! Alright next: What is your favorite costume you’ve seen or worn?
Jessica Grindstaff: I handmade a Koko the bird girl costume for Danny Elfman’s halloween party a few years back. If you can impress people at one of his parties, it must be a pretty amazing costume. I basically was a giant round lavender grey feather ball, he was an eastern european pimp, and his wife Bridget was Jesus. It was a winning look.
BG: Those do sound winning worthy. Okay, and last but not least, do you have any guilty pleasures you want to share with us?
Erik Sanko:: If I ever could, taking a nap in the middle of the day.
Jessica Grindstaff: Also sleep. Wait, isn’t that a necessity… I get these things confused.
BG: We understand, and could not agree more. As the days seem to get busier and busier this Fall, we’re living for those afternoon snoozes on the weekends!
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