Venice Biennale top prize-winning Sun & Sea launches nationwide tour September 15, 2021




Venice Biennale top prize-winning Sun & Sea launches nationwide tour September 15, 2021

The stunning performance will premiere at BAM in NYC and make stops in Philadelphia (Arcadia Exhibitions/Arcadia University as part of Philadelphia Fringe Festival), Bentonville, AR (the Momentary), and Los Angeles (the Hammer, MOCA, and CAP UCLA).




September 1526 
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
321 Ashland Pl.
Brooklyn, NY
Tickets $25
Sun & Sea inaugurates BAM’s fall season which features a fresh and forward-looking lineup of US premieres by artists from around the world in their BAM debuts. Like Sun & Sea, each artist will unleash their imagination at the BAM Fisher, exploring new ways to activate the space in unprecedented ways.

Bloomberg Philanthropies is the Season Sponsor. Leadership support for Sun & Sea provided by Compass. Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation. Leadership support for BAM Visual Art provided by Toby Devan Lewis. Leadership support for theater at BAM provided by The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.; The SHS Foundation; and The Shubert Foundation, Inc. Major support for Sun & Sea provided by the Arthur F. & Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation. Major support for female creators in the Fall 2021 Season provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

September 30—October 3
Arcadia Exhibitions (As part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival)
The Budd
3431 Fox St.
Philadelphia, PA
Tickets $25

Arcadia Exhibitions at Arcadia University is pleased to announce its presentation of Sun & Sea as part of the 2021 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Blurring the lines between music, theater, poetry, and visual art, the Philadelphia presentation of the work will feature a custom built set for the original cast, joined by non-singing beachgoers sourced from the community with opportunities to volunteer. Major support for Sun & Sea to come to Philadelphia has been provided to Arcadia Exhibitions by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from Arcadia University.

October 6—9 
The Momentary
507 SE E St.
Bentonville, AR
Tickets $20 General Admission; $16 Members; Free for youth ages 12 and under. (Ticket sales open August 27, 9 a.m. CT for members, August 30 at 9 a.m. CT to the general public.)

The Momentary, a satellite to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is thrilled to welcome Sun & Sea to the Heartland. Bringing the beach indoors in a decommissioned cheese factory turned contemporary art space, the Momentary will transform their interior Tower space to an unconventional and spectacular theater, offering unique perspectives and aerial views to audiences.

October 1416 
Presented by the Hammer, MOCA, and CAP UCLA
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
Tickets $25 General Admission; $20 Member Presale (Ticket sales open September 14-16 for members, September 17 to the general public.)

Making its West Coast debut, Sun & Sea in Los Angeles will be installed at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and transform the Frank Gehry-designed former warehouse space into a sunny day at the beach. The touring vocalists will be supported by members of LA-based choral group Tonality, best known for concerts on themes of social justice. The haunting yet catchy songs contemplate the impact of humans on the environment, presenting the urgent climate change conversation in a new light.

About the artists:
Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė works as a filmmaker, theater director and visual artist. In her creative practice, Barzdžiukaitė explores the gap between objective and imagined realities, while challenging an anthropocentric way of thinking in a playful way. Her recent full-length documentary film-essay Acid Forest was awarded at the Locarno International Film Festival among others, was shown at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Lincoln Center in NYC, American Film Institute festival in LA and many other events and venues for cinema and contemporary art. Sun & Sea is her latest collaboration in the medium of performance.

Vaiva Grainytės text-based practice shifts between genres, interdisciplinary theater works and publications. As a writer, playwright, and poet she takes action as an observant anthropologist: challenged by Grainyte’s poetic interpretation, mundane social issues take on a paradoxical and defamiliarized nature. Her book of essays Beijing Diaries (2012) and the poetry collection Gorilla’s Archives (2019) were nominated for the Lithuanian Book of the Year awards, and included in the top twelve listings of the most creative books in Lithuania. Her oeuvre has been translated into more than 10 languages. Her upcoming, bilingual, cross-genre novel, Roses and Potatoes (2022), deconstructs the contemporary enforcement of happiness.

Lina Lapelytė‘s performance-based practice is rooted in music and flirts with pop culture, gender stereotypes and nostalgia. Her works engage trained and untrained performers often in an act of singing through a wide range of genres such as mainstream music and opera. The singing takes the form of a collective and affective event that questions vulnerability and silencing. Her recent and upcoming shows include Cartier Foundation, Paris, Tel Aviv Museum of Art; RIBOCA2 – Riga biennale; Tai Kwun, Hong Kong; Glasgow International; Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels; Kaunas Biennale, Lithuania; Pompeii Commitment and Castello di Rivoli, Italy.

Each engagement will adhere to Covid-19 safety protocols. Please check with each venue accordingly.

Originally produced by Neon Realism

Producer, Aušra Simanavičiūtė.
Associate Producer and Stage Manager, Erika Urbelevič.

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



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