Sun & Sea 

Arcadia Exhibitions

2020
$360,000

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Sun & Sea (Marina), opera-performance by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė, La Biennale di Venezia, 2019. Photography by Andrej Vasilenko, courtesy of the artists.

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Sun & Sea (Marina), opera-performance by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė, La Biennale di Venezia, 2019. Photo by Martynas Norvaišas.

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Sun & Sea (Marina), opera-performance by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė, La Biennale di Venezia, 2019. Photography by Andrej Vasilenko, courtesy of the artists.

A contemporary Lithuanian opera will address ecological concerns through the inner monologues and melodies of a chorus of beachgoers. On an artificial beach viewed on all sides by the audience from a mezzanine above, swimsuit-clad singers will convey anxieties ranging from sunburn to environmental catastrophe. Singing a composition incorporating elements of folk music, church hymns, and operatic arias, the performers will go about their day, applying sunscreen, checking phones, and playing badminton. The looping, hourlong piece by director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, librettist Vaiva Grainytė, and composer Lina Lapelytė earned a Golden Lion for best national presentation at the 2019 Venice Biennale. The Philadelphia iteration of the performance will feature the opera’s original cast with support from extras sourced from the local community. The Philadelphia performance, presented in collaboration with FringeArts, is part of a planned US tour that will include performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; The Momentary, Bentonville, Arkansas; and The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, as part of a collaboration between The Hammer, MOCA, and the Center for the Art of Performance.

The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.