Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

The Night Circus curated by Denise Markonish

HOLOSCENES (photo of prototype rehearsal), 2013

Suitable for all ages

HOLOSCENES is produced by MAPP International Productions/NYC in partnership with Early Morning Opera.

HOLOSCENES is co-commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

HOLOSCENES has received generous support from The National Endowment for the Arts, The MAP Fund (a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Panta Rhea Foundation & the Surdna Foundation.

HOLOSCENES has also received generous support from the Harnisch Family Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and from many individual donors.

Critical research and residency support has been provided by the Experimental Media Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) (Troy, NY), and the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) UCLA (Los Angeles, CA).

Choreographed by Geoff Sobelle. Performed by Annie Saunders, Geoff Sobelle, Ben Kamino & Lua Shayenne. Show Control by Pablo N. Molina
. Sound Design by Nathan Ruyle. 
Costume Design by Irina Kruzhilina. Lighting Design by Chris Kuhl. Technical Direction by Eric Lin. Hydraulic Design by Larry McDonald. Automation Design by Erich Bolton.


Early Morning Opera
Lars Jan


HOLOSCENES is a performance installation that is a visceral, visual and public collision of the human body and water. It features a large aquarium like sculpture viewable from 360 degrees and inhabited by a single performer carrying out everyday human behaviour. Over 12 hours, several performers rotate through the aquarium conducting a variety of mundane behaviours — such as repairing a fishing net or cooking ramen — gathered from people around the world.

Filled and drained by a custom, programmable hydraulic system, the aquarium floods with up to 12 tons of water in less than a minute, deluging the performer within. As the water rises, the performer swims to the top for air when necessary and dives below to adapt their behavior to the new aquatic environment. As the water drains, the performer continues, soaked by these mini-floods. A submerged hydrophone transmits an underwater soundscape of movement and churning water to the audience.

HOLOSCENES weaves the unraveling story of water — the rising seas, melting glaciers, intensifying floods and droughts — into the patterns of the everyday. The ebb and flow of water and resulting transformation of human behaviour offers a portrait of our species’ collective myopia, persistence and, for better or worse, adaptation.

Lars Jan is a director, writer, artist, and founding artistic director of EARLY MORNING OPERA, a performance + art lab, whose works explore emerging technologies, live audiences, and unclassifiable experience.  The lab’s genre-bending work has been presented by The Whitney Museum, Sundance Film Festival, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center; and supported by the National Endowment of the Arts, MAP Fund, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Center for New Performance at CalArts. Jan is a TED Senior Fellow. 


Roundhouse Park

255 Bremner Boulevard (located in the park directly East of the Steam Whistle Brewing Company)

This project is outdoors.