Lars Jan is a director, designer, writer, and media artist currently living in Los Angeles. He is Razia Jan’s only child. For his entire life, he has watched her move mountains with her generosity, selflessness, and compassion. Knowing just what it means to be the focus of Razia’s nurturing energy, Lars hopes to do whatever is in his power to support her efforts with other young people.
Lars is a director, designer, writer, media artist and artistic director of Early Morning Opera, a genre-bending performance + art lab. His original works have been commissioned and premiered by the Whitney Museum and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, and presented by the Sundance Film Festival, REDCAT, Symphony Space, 3 Legged Dog, Kirk Douglas Theatre, and the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. He studied Bunraku puppetry outside Kyoto for a year and taught physical performance at Kabul University’s fledgling theatre department. As a Princeton Atelier Fellow, he recorded elder women in rural Ukraine singing in a vanishing polyphonic style. He has made artworks about TED talks, mega-church media design, Laika the Soviet space dog, suicide bombing celebrity, a downed fighter pilot, and land art; and has choreographed seven women in burqas, two dancing Steadicam operators, and one giant panda with iPads for paws. Lars’s work has been supported by the Sherwood Award, MacDowell Colony, Center for Cultural Innovation, Swarthmore, Mount Holyoke, Amherst, UC Berkeley, CalArts, Harlem Stage, and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA among others.
Lars is a 2011 TED Global Fellow, 2013 TED Senior Fellow and a recipient of a 2012 Rockefeller MAP Fund award for HOLOSCENES, a new public spectacle set in jumbo aquariums about flooding and the future of empathy. He currently serves on the faculty at the California Institue of the Arts.
Photo credit: Ryan Lash