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Lars Jan/ Early Morning Opera/ UAE Premiere/ theater and dance


When / Wednesday - Saturday, November 16, 17, 18, 19, 2016, 4 - 9pm

Where / Next to Welcome Center

Performers inhabit a large aquarium in a visceral large-scale performance-installation that embodies the trauma of global climate change.

Lars Jan’s Holoscenes is a large-scale performance-installation that embodies the trauma of flooding. It is a visceral, cross-disciplinary project born out of the widely-shared concern that our troubled relationship to water will become the central issue of the 21st century. The project directly connects the everyday actions of individuals to global climate change, while contemplating the evolution of our capacities for empathy and long-term thinking.

Presented in public space, the centerpiece of Holoscenes is a large aquariumthat floods, drains, and floods again. The flooding aquarium is inhabited by a rotating cast of performers conducting everyday behaviors sourced from collaborators across the planet. Lars Jan is a director, writer, visual artist, and the founding artistic director of Early Morning Opera (EMO), a genre-bending performance + art lab whose works explore emerging technologies, live audiences, and unclassifiable experience.

Created by Lars Jan / Early Morning Opera Produced by MAPP International Productions

Presented in association with Abu Dhabi Art.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Lars Jan is a director, writer, visual artist, and the founding artistic director of Early Morning Opera (EMO), a genre-bending performance + art lab whose works explore emerging technologies, live audiences, and unclassifiable experience.

While living in Kyoto, Jan trained and performed as a Bunraku puppeteer under Abe Hidehiko, designated an “Intangible Cultural Treasure” by the Japanese government. He has since developed projects in Afghanistan, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Haiti, Canada and the US.

Jan’s multi-disciplinary original works — including ABACUSHOLOSCENES, and TIMe — have been presented and exhibited by The Whitney Museum, BAMNext Wave Festival, Under the Radar Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), The Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Ringling Museum of Art, Toronto Nuit Blanche Festival, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, and the Istanbul Modern.

His work has been supported by multiple awards from the NEA and Center for Cultural Innovation; MAP Fund; Rauschenberg Foundation; Adam Mickiewicz Institute; Surdna Foundation; NEFA’s National Theatre Project; NPN’s Creation Fund; New York State Council on the Arts; and the Sherwood Award. He has spoken at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Performa, and the 92nd St. Y, and held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Princeton Atelier, CalArts, Headlands Center for the Arts and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, where he was an inaugural artist-in-residence.

His performance installation HOLOSCENES — a triptych of massive aquariums inhabited by performers — explores the evolution of human endurance and habitual behavior in the context of natural catastrophe, particularly through the lens of mythic, contemporary and coming deluge.

Jan’s most recent performance, The Institute of Memory (TIMe), will be presented internationally and across the US in 2017. He is the son of émigrés from Afghanistan and Poland, and is a TED Senior Fellow.

Earlier Event: November 16
ABU DHABI ART
Later Event: November 16