LARS JAN is a director, writer, visual artist and the founding artistic director of Early Morning Opera, a genre-bending performance and art lab whose works explore emerging technologies, live audiences and unclassifiable experience. An award-winning director and media artist, Jan is “mind-bendingly creative,” states Philadelphia City Paper and “… has done that rare thing: created something that feels entirely new,” says Los Angeles Magazine. For more information on Jan, visit MAPP.
GOEFF SOBELLE is a theater artist dedicated to the “sublime ridiculous.” He is the co-artistic director of rainpan 43, an actor-driven performance company based in Philadelphia, and has been a company member of Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theater Company since 2001. Sobelle’s show Object Lesson won three major awards at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival: the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, the Total Theatre Award for Visual/Physical Performance and the Scotsman Fringe First Award. For more information on Sobelle, visit Geoff Sobelle.
NICHOLE CANUSO, “a gifted choreographer, one who makes dancing seem inherently meaningful, social and compelling” – Dance Insider, artistic director of Nichole Canuso Dance Company, takes on collaborative projects that defy any one genre. Her choreography keeps the audience very much in mind, often inviting direct participation by the viewer. Her projects include The Garden, an immersive performance experience built for six audience members that premiered in 2013 at Power Plant Productions and will be presented at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge this fall; TAKES, a dance installation and cinema, that premiered at Philadelphia FringeArts Festival in 2010; and more. For more information on Nichole Canuso, visit Nichole Canuso.
Three of today’s most revered performance-makers collaborate for the first time to conjur PANDÆMONIUM, bridging movement, theater, rock concert and a cinematic space where infinite worlds collide. Centered around a couple separated both physically and emotionally, the work explores themes of interconnectedness and isolation in our digitally enhanced world with influences ranging from filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point, photographer Richard Misrach’s Desert Cantos, and choreographer Anna Halprin’s work in the natural world. A creation from three of their generation’s brightest, including pioneering dancer/choreographer Nichole Canuso (Midway Avenue, HERE, 2015), acclaimed physical theater performer Geoff Sobelle (The Object Lesson, BAM, Next Wave, 2015, New York Theater Workshop, 2017; The Elephant Room), and visionary director Lars Jan (TIMe: The Institute of Memory, Under the Radar, 2016), as well as additional collaborators Xander Duell composing and performing live, Pablo N. Molina on video and interactive software design,and Swiss architect/artist Philipp Schaerer as set designer. Pandæmonium has been supported in part by the William Penn Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Color Reflections, and commissioning partners The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland and FringeArts.
Stage: Proscenium / Black Box
September 14 – 18, 2016 (World Premiere)| FringeArts | Philadelphia, PA
September 28 – October 1, 2016 | New York Live Arts | NYC