The Institute of Memory

The Institute of Memory (TIMe) (2015)

The Institute of Memory (TIMe) is a multimedia performance about how the future of remembering is changing right now. TIMe traces the transformation of archives from physical to digital structures and the corresponding evolution of national and personal remembering and privacy through the story of director Lars Jan’s father — an enigmatic Cold War operative and privacy-obsessed misanthrope.



  • Created by Early Morning Opera
  • Directed, Written, and Stage Designed by Lars Jan
  • Produced by CalArts Center for New Performance
  • Performed by Andrew Schneider and Sonny Valicenti
  • Composed by Mariana Sadovska
  • Dramaturgy by Anna Burzynska
  • Video design by Pablo N. Molina
  • Lighting design by Christopher Kuhl
  • Sound design by Nathan Ruyle  and Mikaal Sulaiman
  • Interaction design by Andrew Schneider
  • Costume design by Kate Fry
  • Technical Direction by Joshua Friedensohn
  • Additional video content by Ting Zhang
  • Associate Lighting Designer: Chu-Hsuan Chang
  • Produced with Miranda Wright
Funding / Commissioning / Residency:

  • This project is organized by Culture.pl as part of a program celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tadeusz Kantor.
  • The Institute of Memory (TIMe) is co-commissioned by the CalArts Center for New Performance, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, REDCAT, The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston.
  • TIMe has received generous support from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theatre Project and the National Performance Network’s Creation Fund.
  • Crucial residency support was granted by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, and technology support by FARO.