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From Lithuania, the stage version of the installation-opera-performance on the climate crisis by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė, which received the Golden Lion at the 2019 Venice Art Biennale.
On a sandy beach lit by artificial sun, people in swimsuits enjoy a typical day at the beach. They sunbathe, read, play and talk as the audience walks along a walkway and watches them from above. This completely banal and everyday situation is transformed when the music starts. The songs reveal a number of both individual and collective concerns: from burned skin as a result of too much exposure to the sun, to fear of an environmental catastrophe. Frivolous micro-stories gradually make way for much more serious subjects and individual songs, and a universal chorus that addresses global concerns.
Sun & Sea is the stage version of the installation-opera-performance presented by the official Lithuanian pavilion at the 2019 Venice Art Biennale. The project, by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė (a film and theatre director and visual artist), Vaiva Grainytė (writer, playwright and poet) and Lina Lapelytė (musician and composer), won the Golden Lion for the best national participation. The project is a critical proclamation against the climate crisis which combines an artistic installation and theatrical performance.
Sun & Sea is the second collaboration between the three artists. Their contemporary opera for 10 cashiers, supermarket sounds and piano Have a Good Day!- created between 2011 and 2013 and still touring the world - won six international awards in Europe. It has toured more than twenty festivals and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and the Lithuanian National Radio.
WHAT THE PRESS SAID
"This is not the only work of the Venice Art Biennale that deals with the effects of climate change, but it is the one that has surprised the most by its originality. Up to three hours have been queued to access the Lithuanian pavilion grounds to watch Sun & See." Ópera actual - Lourdes Morgades
"Sun & Sea is an allegory of gross inaction: While the world dies, we remain inert, basking in the burning sun. [···] Barzdžiukaitė reorients viewers’ habitual perspective, placing us in an atypical position. [···] As we gaze down at them from above, the proposition that technology will save us appears a cruel irony. Perhaps Sun & Sea (Marina) is not an opera after all, but a requiem." Artforum - Erika Balsom
"Unabashed empathy and emotion has resulted in the Lithuanian pavilion. Word of mouth has spread and queues have formed. The most fiery art critics have been wiping their eyes. “The work that made the art world cry”; “Our ticket to the end of the world […] this astonishing performance slides into almost unbearable pathos and pain,” wrote The Guardian. “The opera often twists its metaphorical knife,” concluded The New York Times." About PrzeKrój - Kristina Sabaliauskaitė
Signs of the Apocalypse on the Beach. An interview with Vaiva Grainytė, Lina Lapelytė and Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė. echo gone grown - Agnė Sadauskaitė
Art & Ecology.An interview with curator Lucia Pietroiusti. Berlinartlirik - Aoife Donnellan
SINGERS AND PERFORMERS
CONCEIVED AND CREATED BY
Lique Van Gerven
Romuald Chaloin Galiauskas
MANAGEMENT AND STAGE MANAGER
Sun & Sea (Lithuania)
Neon Realism (Lithuania)
Nida Art Colony de la Vilnius Academy of Arts, Akademie Schloss Solitude Goethe-Institut, Münchner Kammerspiele, National Gallery of Art de Vilnius, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, The Momentary, Arkansas