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Lars Jan/Early Morning Opera
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. He is the son of émigrés from Afghanistan and Poland.
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 has received multiple commissions from the Whitney Museum and developed his recent projects with major commissioning and residency support from the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). His works — including ABACUS, HOLOSCENES, and TIMe — also have been presented by The BAM Next Wave Festival, Sundance Film Festival, REDCAT, Hammer Museum, Symphony Space, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Ringling Museum of Art, MDC Live Arts, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Toronto Nuit Blanche Festival, and Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival.
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 Street Y, and held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Princeton Atelier, CalArts, and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, where he was an inaugural artist-in-residence.
In January 2016, an exhibition of HOLOSCENES-related video works will open at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, and Jan’s most recent performance, The Institute of Memory (TIMe), will be presented by the Under the Radar Festival. He is a TED Senior Fellow.
- Feature Article in The National
- Feature Article in The Gazelle
- Preview in The Guardian
- Standard.co.uk , The Great Fire of London
- New York Times: Holoscenes @ Miami Dade College for Art Basel
- Lars Jan on TED Blog
- Lars Jan on Vimeo
- Early Morning Opera website
- Holoscenes Website
- Interview with Lars Jan at the Ringling Museum
- Holoscenes Blog post on Fast Company
- Nuit Blanche 2014: Holoscenes
- Holoscenes @ Nuit Blanche
- "Cleaning ritual" - Holoscenes @ Nuit Blanche
- "Making a Bed" - Holoscenes @ Nuit Blanche