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The Institute of Memory (TIMe)

DATE   TIME   PLACE
9 December 2016
10 December 2016
10 December 2016
  17:00
18:00
21:00
  Malopolska Garden of Art (MOS)
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Directed by:

Lars Jan

Author

Lars Jan

Production

Early Morning Opera

DURATION

80 min.

Tickets

35/60

This multimedia project by Lars Jan, produced by the Early Morning Opera in Los Angeles, is largely inspired by the director’s family history. The two performers on stage get more and more involved in complicated games with the past, going all the way back to the Cold War era. The audience observes a breathtaking sculpture with lighting installations, which not only gives structure to the piece, but also helps to shape its dramaturgy, supervised by Anna R. Burzyńska. The lights and the sculpture are closely linked to the interactive typewriter, which here belongs to the father of the director, who worked as a Cold War operative. Archival wire-tap transcriptions, the writings of communist spies, and brain scans make up an ambivalent portrait of Jan’s father. Reflections about this mysterious man, informed by the specific cultural and political context of the 1950s, turn into questions on the nature of fatherhood, privacy and above all the mechanisms behind memory. The director integrates emerging technologies with this performative laboratory of reminiscences, bringing together science and culture. While broken recollections, pieces of family history, information and gossip build up a truly Kantorian “palace of memory”. 

Commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

Team

Writing, Direction and Stage Design by Lars Jan

Dramaturgy and translation by Anna R. Burzyńska

Lighting Design by Christopher Kuhl

Sound Design by Nathan Ruyle, Mikaal Sulaiman

Costumes by Kate Fry, Stephanie Petagno

Videos, Interactive Software and Systems Integration by Pablo N. Molina

Composition and Vocal Performance by  Mariana Sadovska

Interactive Typewriter: Andrew Schneider

Technical Director: Joshua Friedensohn

3D Animations and Additional Video Content: Ting Zhang

Assistant Lighting Designer: Chu-Hsuan Chang

Stage Manager: Lauren Stern

Production Manager: Sarah Peterson

Producent: Early Morning Opera/Los Angeles Performance Practice and CalArts Center for New Performance

Cast

Andrew Schneider, Sonny Valicenti

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