D Days
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until the 2018 Commonwealth Games commence.
Longines Time
April 4 to 15 2018
  • Thu 5 Apr 2018

    Sun 15 Apr 2018
  • Surfers Paradise Beach, Gold Coast
  • Festival 2018
  • Free
Theatre Australian premiere

Holoscenes | Lars Jan / Early Morning Opera (USA)

Fresh from captivating crowds in NYC's Times Square comes this visceral performance artwork in which the human body and water collide in Holoscenes.

Watch with bated breath as an enormous aquarium-like tank unpredictably floods with water, engulfing those inside.

Performers must adapt to the rapid rise and fall of water as they continue to carry out everyday tasks - making a bed, getting dressed, reading a newspaper. Each lone performer stays in the tank for 45 minutes and each performance cycle lasts five hours. Set to a haunting soundtrack, Holoscenes combines beauty, lyricism and impact to explore our relationship with the rising seas, and to connect the everyday actions of individuals to global climate change.

Holoscenes has exhibited in London, Abu Dhabi, Miami, Sarasota, Toronto and at New York City's Times Square. Don't miss your chance to see Holoscenes in Australia.

"As the water level rises and falls, the actions take on the qualities of a fraught water ballet." creators.vice.com.

"Spectators sat mesmerized," NY Times. "Holoscenes: Lars Jan's 3500 Gallon Warning to Humanity." The Guardian.

Holoscenes takes place on the beach at Surfers Paradise everyday from 4 to 15 April, excluding Tuesday 10 April.

About the creator:
Lars Jan is a director, visual artist, writer, and founder of Early Morning Opera (EMO). 

EMO is an LA-based performance and art lab that explores new technologies, live audiences, unclassifiable experience and progressive activism. The company’s work has been commissioned and presented by the likes of The Whitney Museum, Sundance Film Festival, Under the Radar Festival and BAM Next Wave Festival. 


Thu 5 Apr 2018 — Sun 15 Apr 2018
Thu 5 Apr, 02:00pm - 07:00pm
Fri 6 Apr, 02:00pm - 07:00pm
Sat 7 Apr, 02:00pm - 07:00pm
Sun 8 Apr, 02:00pm - 07:00pm
Mon 9 Apr, 02:00pm - 07:00pm
Wed 11 Apr, 02:00pm - 07:00pm
Thu 12 Apr, 02:00pm - 07:00pm
Fri 13 Apr, 02:00pm - 07:00pm
Sat 14 Apr, 02:00pm - 07:00pm
Sun 15 Apr, 02:00pm - 07:00pm
Surfers Paradise Beach, Gold Coast

-27.9992435, 153.4314575

Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Accessibility information

Please refer to the detailed event information on the left for event-specific wheelchair accessibility information, and for details on performances of The Owl and the Pussycat with Auslan translation.


Created by Early Morning Opera 
Lars Jan, Director 
Geoff Sobelle, Choreographer 
Eric Lin, Technical Director 
Pablo N. Molina, Lighting & Show Control Designer 
Duncan Woodbury, Sound Designer & Engineer 
Irina Kruzhilina, Costume Designer 
Christopher Pye, Production Manager 
Madeline Barasch, Assistant Director 
Jeffrey Morton, Associate Technical Director 
Jesse Garrison, Associate Lighting, Show Control & Sound Designer 
Tanya Lee, Costume Dresser 
Alexandra Shepherd, Company Stage Manager 

Performers: Lua Casu, Benjamin Kamino, Robert McNeill, Francesca Owen, Orlando Pabotoy, Geoff Sobelle, Alexandria Yalj