Sun Sea
​Sun & Sea An opera-performance by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė Presented by the Hammer, MOCA and CAP UCLA
Thu, Oct 14 - Sat, Oct 16, 2021
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Sun & Sea tickets are sold out. Please check back for any tickets that may become available due to cancelations. Due to limited capacity, there will not be a standby line at the venue and we can not accommodate a waitlist.

“Rarely has an environmental message been so subtly, humorously, tellingly conveyed in an artwork.” 
—The Spectator (UK)

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 10 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. The touring vocalists will be supported by members of LA-based choral group Tonality, best known for concerts on themes of social justice.

This special ticketed program takes place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. 

The performance is viewed from above via a mezzanine with standing room only. Guests are encouraged to walk around the perimeter of the space to experience the performance from different perspectives. Limited seats are available upon request. If you have any questions regarding tickets and making a reservation or cancellation, please call 213-633-5351. Staff will be available to assist you from 11am–5pm, Thursday–Sunday.

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

Concept and development – Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė

Director and set designer – Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė

Lyrics – Vaiva Grainytė

Music and musical direction – Lina Lapelytė

Curator – Lucia Pietroiusti

Tour producer – Aušra Simanavičiūtė

Tour coordinator / stage manager – Erika Urbelevič

Technical director – Lique Van Gerven

Translator (Lithuanian to English) – Rimas Užgiris

Sound engineer – Romuald Chaloin Galiauskas

Live soundtrack – Salomėja Petronytė

Singing performers – Evaldas Alekna, Aliona Alymova, Svetlana Bagdonaitė, Marco Cisco, Auksė Dovydėnaitė, Saulė Dovydėnaitė, Claudia Graziadei, Artūras Miknaitis, Vytautas Pastarnokas, Eglė Paškevičienė, Kalliopi Petrou, Ieva Skorubskaitė, and Nabila Dandara Vieira Santos.

Performers – Raminta Barzdžiukienė, Dovydas Korba, Vincentas Korba, Jeronimas Petraitis, Juozas Petraitis, Mantas Petraitis, Pranas Petraitis, Jonas Statkevičius, Salomėja Petronytė, Tonality and others.

Visual identity – Goda Budvytytė

Catalogue and vinyl concept and design – Åbäke

Founding producer – Neon Realism

Co-producers – Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Akademie Schloss Solitude Goethe-Institut, Münchner Kammerspiele, National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, The Momentary,

Sponsor – JCDecaux

Commissioner (Sun & Sea (Marina), Venice, 2019) – Rasa Antanavičiūtė

Founding Patrons (Sun & Sea (Marina), Venice, 2019) – Lithuanian Council for Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Laurenz Foundation in Basel, Vilnius City Municipality

Major support of Sun & Sea is provided by the Annenberg Foundation, the Getty Foundation through Pacific Standard Time, and the LLWW Foundation, with generous funding from Laura Donnelley, Lenore and Bernard Greenberg, Michael Silver, Hope Warschaw and John Law, and the MOCA Environmental Council. Additional support provided by David D. Colburn and Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

This exhibition is net-zero. Special thanks to the MOCA Environmental Council.

Champion Supporters: Anna Wong Barth & Donald S. Barth, Marcy Carsey, Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein, Jackie Gottlieb, Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard, The Herzer Foundation, Suzanne and David Johnson, Cindy Miscikowski, Carolyn Clark Powers, Pamela West, and Sonya Yu


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