Photograph of people in bathing suits laying on a sandy ground inside of a building with columns.
Special Programs

Sun & Sea

October 14–16, 2021
Presented by the Hammer, MOCA, and CAP UCLA

An opera-performance by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė
Ticket sale information to follow

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 25 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.

Attending this Program?

This special ticketed program takes place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Details and ticketing information will be announced at a later date.

About the Production

Direction and set design by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė
Libretto by Vaiva Grainytė
Music and musical direction by Lina Lapelytė
Curated by Lucia Pietroiusti

Originally produced by Neon Realism

 
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
 
Photo credit: Andrej Vasilenko