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Fugitive Time

Janie Geiser / Automata

“Geiser shares with filmmakers such as Jan Svankmajer the rare ability to make children’s toys and seemingly innocent objects … resonate with the most unsettling, arcane, and adult fears. Better still, Geiser gives voice to the reaches of the unconscious, pointing to the abandoned splendor that exists prior to the rules of society and language.” – Holly Willis (Chair of Media Arts and Practice at USC)
Fugitive Time is a multidisciplinary performance that integrates performed objects and puppetry with live performance, and live-feed video manipulations of found, constructed, collaged, and human elements to form an integrated live “film-performance.” Using Bunraku–inspired puppets, cutouts, shadow puppets, and video, Fugitive Time explores the tension between the miniature and the magnified, the landscape and the body.

FUGITIVE TIME premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara in September 2014, followed by a full performance run in Los Angeles at Automata in October 2014.


Martha’s Vineyard / September 4 & 5, 2015

About Fugitive Time

Creative Team

Conceived and directed by Janie Geiser
Developed with the Ensemble

Music and Sound Design by Cassia Streb
Set Design by Vincent Richards
Video Design by Su-Hyun Cho
Lighting Design by Chu Hsuan Chang
Costume Design by David Moyer
Video Content & Puppet Design by Janie Geiser
Production Management by Cameron Squire
Produced by Miranda Wright

Performed by: Molly Allis, Baxley Andresen, Jocelyn Foye, Minjung King, Moira MacDonald, Erin O’Donnell, Luis Tentindo

Presentation History

The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard, MA) — September 2015
AUTOMATA (Los Angeles) — October 2014
On Edge Festival / MCA Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA) — September 2014


Coming soon.

  • Joan Didion's THE WHITE ALBUM
    Lars Jan + Early Morning Opera
    The Institute of Memory (TIMe)
    Lars Jan + Early Morning Opera
    Tungsten (artery)
    Janie Geiser / Erik Ehn
    Fugitive Time
    Janie Geiser / Automata
  • Surfacing
    Holcombe Waller
    Lars Jan + Early Morning Opera
    Clouded Sulphur (death is a knot undone)
    Janie Geiser + Erik Ehn / Automata
    This World Made Itself
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  • Half Life
    Cloud Eye Control
    You Should Have Stayed Home, Morons
    RADAR LA 2013 / with support from Center Theatre Group
    Cooking Oil
    by Deborah Asiimwe, directed by Emily Mendelsohn / Kampala, Kigali, Los Angeles 2010-2013
    A Suicide Bombing by Invitation Only
    Early Morning Opera / Hi-Lite Gallery / Los Angeles 2011