Early Morning Opera/Lars Jan’s latest work, The Institute of Memory (TIMe), will perform at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s annual TBA Festival on September 12 & 13, at 6:30pm.
Two men hunt each other as a kinetic light sculpture hovers and cuts through the air, signaling keystrokes from a hacked ’50s typewriter. Featuring archival wire-tap transcriptions, the missives of communist spies, and MRI brain scans, The Institute of Memory (TIMe) conjures a portrait of director Lars Jan’s enigmatic father — a Cold War operative whose story exhibits how the future of privacy looks dangerously like the darkest era of its past. Jan packs TIMe with a brilliant set of collaborators that include Pablo N. Molina, Nathan Ruyle, Chris Kuhl, Sonny Valicenti, composer and vocalist Mariana Sadovska, and Obie-winner Andrew Schneider, among others.
PICA’s annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) draws artists from across the country and around the globe for a convergence of contemporary performance and visual art. Installations and live performances fill out theaters, temporary galleries, and unexpected public spaces throughout Portland, activating the city with art and energy.
A lamentation of fierce urgency, the latest multimedia production from Cloud Eye Control is an imagistic, visceral work inspired by the nervous fear felt in the wake the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Half Life explores the psychological fallout of global disaster, and how it affects our emotions and imaginations. The Los Angeles-based collaborators— Miwa Matreyek, Anna Oxygen, and Chi-wang Yang —bring their signature mix of projected animation, live performance and music to summon the unseeable forces that govern our collective sense of personal safety and control.
HALF LIFE premiered in January at REDCAT, and will next be seen in Providence, Rhode Island in November.
Janie Geiser and company will travel to the Yard on Martha’s Vineyard for the East Coast premiere of FUGITIVE TIME on Friday, September 4 at 8pm.
FUGITIVE TIME is a multidisciplinary performance inspired by the dual histories of illness and health in early 20th Century Los Angeles. FUGITIVE TIME merges bunraku-like puppetry, miniature landscapes, live-feed video, animation, and music/sound to create an immersive, elliptical meditation on the body, illness, nature, and time. Puppets–always hovering between the animate and inanimate, life and death–are the perfect vehicle for this investigation. Geiser approaches this history with compassion and care, through examining the suspended, liminal state between illness and health.
More about Geiser’s “Experimental Narratives” from KCET.
Early Morning Opera’s ABACUS has been selected as one of six productions from the United States to be featured as part of the USA exhibition at this year’s Prague Quadrennial!
The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space is the largest event in the world exploring performance design in its entirety- through costume, lighting and sound design to new stage design and approaches such as site specific design and performance, applied scenography, street performances, and others. The PQ began in 1967, and gathers every four years, surveying the latest trends and accomplishments in stage design and scenography. Over 60 countries from around the world participate each year.
The US exhibition is designed and curated by USITT. We are honored to be part of their selection for this globally notable event!
“The USITT-USA design and curatorial team has created an interactive experience that reflects the dynamics and diversity of American performance and celebrates performance design as art. The USITT-USA National Exhibit offers an environment that goes beyond documenting the art of design and becomes a transformative performance experience.
The exhibit transports viewers from the climate of everyday real life into a world of surprising and unexpected possibility where extremes rule. In this world, the forecast of future events depends on the currents surging through the viewers’ mind, engaging all the senses to affect his/her interaction with the surroundings.”
ABACUS is in good company! Also part of the US exhibition: LA-based experimental opera company, The Industry, with their Union Station performance of Invisible Cities. The PQ opens this Thursday, June 18, and closes on June 28, 2015.
For the complete US exhibition listing, visit pq15.usitt.org/exhibition/production/
To learn more about the Prague Quadrennial: pq.cz/