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The Industry presents


A mobile opera for 24 cars

How many cars does it take to create an opera?

Imagine getting in a car without knowing the destination. Sharing the car are singers, actors, and instrumentalists who draw you into a story. The car stops at an incredible site, where another chapter of the story commences – until another car pulls up, with different artists, depicting another chapter of the story.

And so on, and so on, in a 90-minute journey throughout the unsuspecting city.

This was Hopscotch, The Industry’s original opera, that took audiences on a dazzling and disorienting ride through the streets of Los Angeles in 24 different car journeys.

This website offers you the chance to go deep into this once-in-a-lifetime sonic and civic adventure. Exclusive video for each chapter, plus in-depth reflections from director Yuval Sharon and other artists, lets you explore Hopscotch for yourself.

The 10 animated chapters of Hopscotch act as narrative tent-poles for the story, created by an international team of 6 animation artists. Whether you watch them before or after you experience the opera, or if the animations are the only way you experience the piece, the animations complete the narrative world of Hopscotch.

Music by Gnarwhallaby. Audio produced and mixed by Lewis Pesacov, engineered by James Hurwitz and Lewis Pesacov, assisted by Christopher Knollmeyer. Musical Direction by Marc Lowenstein.

The Central Hub

Only four audience members at a time experienced the opera in the intimacy of a car – but the Central Hub is where everyone could share in Hopscotch for free. This temporary structure at SCI-Arc, used technology so visitors could focus on all 36 chapters.

“Awe-inspiring. One of the more complicated operatic enterprises to have been attempted since Richard Wagner staged The Ring of the Nibelung in 1876. Hopscotch triumphantly escapes the genteel, fenced-off zone where opera is supposed to reside.”
Alex Ross, The New Yorker