Lars Jan and Early Morning Opera will open The Institute of Memory (TIMe) in New York City tonight as part of the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. Managed by Los Angeles Performance Practice, TIMe premiered at REDCAT in Los Angeles in May, followed by a presentation in Portland as part of the TBA Festival.
Two men play with the past in the glow of a kinetic light sculpture 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 fascinating story prompts questions about privacy, memory, and fatherhood.
Directed by Lars Jan, Early Morning Opera is a performance and art lab integrating emerging technologies, live audiences, and unclassifiable experience. EMO has presented its original works at the Whitney Museum, BAM Next Wave Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and more.
Over the last 12 years, The Public’s Under the Radar Festival has presented over 194 companies from 40 countries. It has grown into a landmark of the New York City theater season and is a vital part of The Public’s mission, providing a high-visibility platform to support artists from diverse backgrounds who are redefining the act of making theater. Widely recognized as a premier launching pad for new and cutting-edge performance from the U.S. and abroad, UTR artists provide a snapshot of contemporary theater: richly distinct in terms of perspectives, aesthetics, and social practice, and pointing to the future of the art form.
We are thrilled to be working with this incredible festival, as part of our ongoing work with Lars Jan and EMO.
The Institute of Memory (TIMe) runs tonight through January 17. Tickets available HERE.