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The premiere of the contemporary opera "Sun and Sea" at the National Gallery of Art on 1 of October at 12:00, 13:30, 15:00; 16:30; 18:00.
SUN AND SEA
Contemporary opera (installation version)
by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, Lina Lapelytė
October 1 st.,
12:00, 13:30, 15:00; 16:30; 18:00
In Lithuanian with English subtitles
Duration - 70 min
Sandy beach in a bright summer light is covered by vacationers, lying on their colorful towels. Mosaic of different stories, narrated by singing bodies gradually grow into the global chorus of one ecosystem. The beach is observed from the solar perspective, from above, as if mankind were bugs. Under the topology of lazy holidays - burning time and burning skin -there is a hidden intuition of the end: temporality of human bodies, as well as the body of earth.
Authors of opera "Sun and Sea" in their collaborative work put special attention on the relationship between documentation and fiction, realism and poetry, as well as on the crossover of theatre, music and fine arts. Their first work - contemporary opera "Have a Good Day!" (2013) got 6 prestigious awards and was shown in international music, theater and opera festivals in USA, China, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Portugal, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine and more than 10 international theatre festivals in France; opera was also broadcasted on National Radio and BBC3 Radio. The project "Sun and Sea" was supported by Akademie Schloss Solitude on the occasion of artists' residencies in 2016/2017. In 2018 artists are invited to work at Staatsschauspiel Dresden theatre.
Director and Set Designer - Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė
Librettist - Vaiva Grainytė
Composer and Music Director - Lina Lapelytė
Soloists: Aliona Alymova, Svetlana Bagdonaitė, Auksė Dovydėnaitė, Saulė Dovydėnaitė, Leona Kairienė, Artūras Miknaitis, Eduardas Paciūnas, Vytautas Pastarnokas, Eglė Paškevičienė, Violeta Savickaitė- Paciūnienė, Ieva Skorubskaitė, Jonas Statkevičius, Alfredas Tamulynas, Lukas Vaičiūnas, Eglė Valčiukaitė, Povilas Vanžodis, Šarūnas Visockis, Stasė Žaltauskaitė-Malūnavičienė
Keyboards - Tomas Dičiūnas
Sound Director - Valdas Karpuška
Production Manager - Dovydas Korba
Production Assistants - Vaida Stepanovaitė, Vaiva Martišauskaitė
Producer - A laukas
Co-Producers - Münchner Kammerspiele, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Staatsschauspiel Dresden
Partners - National Gallery of Arts, Arclights
Sponsor - Lithuanian Council for Culture
Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė (b. 1983) works as a theatre and film director. One of her creative strategies is exploring the tension between objective and imagined realities as well as punctuating on the gap between the vision and the speech. She is often keen in challenging anthropocentric way of thinking in a playful way. Rugilė completed her studies of theater directing and cinematography at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and screen documentary at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is currently finishing her full-length documentary "Acid Forest" - anthropological-philosophical research on how humans accept other species and vice versa.
Vaiva Grainytė (b.1984) is a writer, playwright, and poet, engaged in interdisciplinary theatre projects. Latest works - collaborative site specific performance "Lucky Lucy" (2016), radio plays "Axis deviation" (2015), and "Witches do not eat gummy bears" (2015) evince the main qualities of her oeuvre: biographical and collective memory, daily routine and social issues are in equilibrium with poetic, slightly absurd, ironic and surreal overtones. Her book of essays "Peking Diaries" was nominated for Book of the Year 2012 and shortlisted as one of 12 of the most creative books in Lithuania.
Lina Lapelytė (b.1984) is an artist and musician living and working in London and Vilnius. Her performance-based practice is rooted in music and flirts with pop culture, gender stereotypes, aging and nostalgia. Her works are fueled by expression, marked by pastiche and grotesque, contextual and conceptual musicality, theatrical suggestibility, stylized visuality. Her latest performance works Ladies (2015), Hunky Bluff (2014) and Candy Shop - the Circus (2013/2015) were shown in different contexts and locations including the Serpentine Pavilion in London, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Venice Architecture Biennial and MACBA (Barcelona).
The contemporary opera "Sun and Sea" is a part of Vilnius international theatre festival SIRENOS'17
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