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Meet Nova Han of Nova Han Productions in Glassell Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nova Han.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Nova. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
How it started? Following the beat of my heart. Growing up in Los Angeles, I fell in love with the LA rave scene when I was 15 years old. Not only did it lead me to a scene where people were wildly expressed, it lead me to relationships with dynamic people that lasted a lifetime. We formulated our little rave crew called the Orange Kids and from that spawned the Do Lab, Lightning in a Bottle and a variety of famous DJ’s, performers and clothing designers.

After graduating from college, I was too broke to afford going to a NYE event, but had a history of studying dance and theater. I figured I could just make a show and perform to get into the event. I hooked up with Dream Rockwell to create our first Lucent Dossier show. At the time, I didn’t realize it was going to be more than just that one show in 2005 but we went on to perform around the globe, putting on wild and avant garde shows as a neo circus troupe.

2012, I decided to cut my ties with the circus and went on to build my own production company, Nova Han Productions. I built 2 dance companies called Wilderbe and Bubble Gutter. I art direct for several festivals including Electric Forest and have had works showcased with artists like Deadmau5, String Cheese Incident and Bassnectar.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s never a smooth road. Listening to your heart is maybe the most courageous thing a person can do.

Committing to the circus was a big step. I remember the moment when I decided it was the right move. I was struggling to find a “real job”, angry that I had to work in this stuffy pizzeria, and had this side hustle of a circus that allowed me some form of escape and expression. But who the hell ditches the notion of getting a real job, to actually pursue running away with the circus?

Well one day, I heard Einstein’s theory of the bees, to which he said that once the bees become extinct, man would have 4 years before we would become extinct, because they are the beginning of the food chain.

And I thought to myself, “I wonder if bees had human consciousness, what would they be thinking”
They’d probably consider that they were small and insignificant in this world, that they were a cog in a wheel, slaving away for the “woman”, anonymous and to top it off, maybe they would be freaking out about their sex addiction. And lucky for us, they don’t have human consciousness, because then they’d be doing Ayahuasca in a jungle and we’d all be screwed.

And do you think that the bee does what it does because it knows that it holds the key to our existence? I’m not sure that it does. And does it matter if it is self realized in this way? I don’t think it does. All that matters is that it wakes up, and makes love to these flowers that are specifically designed to be attractive to these bees. And, so long as they follow their highest attraction, then the world will be in working order and harmony.

So in that regard, as one follows their excitement, the things that are specifically designed to light up our unique soul, then all we need is to trust that we are serving the world the way the world needs to be served. Any need to understand our impact or wanting to know that what we are doing is important or will be recognized, well that’s just ego.

So with that, I dove in, took a leap of faith, quit my job, joined the circus and never looked back.

Please tell us about Nova Han Productions.
Nova Han Productions is a full service production company specializing in art direction, design and production for stage shows, festivals, immersive art environments, media and specialized talent/characters.

Our mission is to create unique, once in a lifetime moments.

What we are known for is high level artistry, attention to detail and pushing the boundaries of immersive experiences. We always pay attention to the message and intention behind our works and believe in the power of inspiration. It is inspiration that evokes evolution. It is sharing the joy of an expanding world of possibility and showing people that we can go as far as the imagination will allow us. So, be daring and dream big. We are limitless.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Favorite? I’m not sure I know how to answer that. But, I was recently reminded by an old friend, that I used to come to elementary school with choreography to Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl.” I so desperately wanted to be one of her back up dancers. We would practice and practice every recess chance we got and I would revise the choreography until I felt like it was perfect. And we never performed it for anyone but ourselves. But what we did do, without even knowing it at the time, was we started an improvised comedy group. We used to dive so deep into our story lines and reading the moment, playing pretend and perform at our friends birthday parties for hours. And, I remember that feeling of purely trusting the moment and where it lead me. Something about that space felt effortless and free. A momentary break from childhood judgement and giving in to the moment. It was lovely. I’m actually really glad I remembered this moment. I haven’t thought about that in a long time.

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Tim McG Photo, Allan Amato, Electric Forest, String Cheese Incident, Roger Fojas

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