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The Institute of Memory (TIMe)


Friday, January 8 - Sunday, January 17

The Public: Martinson Hall


Running time: 80 minutes

Postshow discussion: Saturday, January 9

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.

Large portions of text within the performance have been assembled from archival records concerning Henryk Ryniewicz from The Institute of National Memory (Warsaw), Mass General Hospital, and Youville Hospital. The video design is composed of medical scans, X-rays, etc. of Ryniewicz's body courtesy of Mass General Hospital, and laser scans of several actual environments where Jan spent time with his father as a child.

TIMe was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund/Forth Fund Project co-commissioned by REDCAT/CalArts Center for New Performance in partnership with The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston and NPN. Crucial residency support was granted by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, with technology support from FARO. TIMe is organized by as part of a program celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tadeusz Kantor.