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Sun & Sea (Marina)

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Sun & Sea

An opera-performance by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė

Sun & Sea
An opera-performance by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė
Presented by the Hammer, MOCA, and CAP UCLA
October 14-16, 2021
Ticket sale information to follow


Step into a sunny day by the sea. This theatrical installation stunned audiences at the 2019 Venice Biennale, earning its all-female creative team the coveted Golden Lion. The Hammer, MOCA, and CAP UCLA present Sun & Sea’s Los Angeles premiere, transforming The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with 13 vocalists and 25 tons of sand. Sunbathing characters offer up a range of seductive harmonies and melodic stories that glide between the mundane, the sinister, and the surreal. From the sprawling tapestry of their lives emerges a piercing exploration of the relationship between people and our planet, captured in one afternoon on a crowded beach.

This special ticketed program takes place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Details and ticketing information will be announced at a later date.

Direction and set design by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė
Libretto by Vaiva Grainytė
Music and musical direction by Lina Lapelytė
Curated by Lucia Pietroiusti

Originally produced by Neon Realism.

Co-Commissioned by the Momentary, Bentonville (AR), Goethe-Institut; Münchner Kammerspiele; National Gallery of Art, Vilnius; Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts; Staatsschauspiel Dresden; Hosting venue: Akademie Schloss Solitude.

Commissioned for the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, 2019 by Rasa Antanaviciute.

Additional funding by Lithuanian Council for Culture; Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania; Laurenz Foundation, Basel; Vilnius City Municipality.

Sponsored by JCDecaux.