2.11 – 14.11 2021

Sun & Sea is a critically acclaimed Lithuanian opera-performance created by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė. The Curator of the project is Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator of General Ecology, Serpentine Gallery, London. Sun & Sea was awarded with the Golden Lion for best contribution at the Venice Biennale 2019. The premiere at Malmö Konsthall is set for the 2nd of November 2021 and the work will be shown at Malmö Konsthall from the 2nd to the 14th of November  (postponed from Spring 2020 due to the spread of the coronavirus). Sun & Sea is a live installation without beginning or end. Each performance runs for four hours where the audience can come and leave as they please.


Friday 5.11 at 1–5 pm
Saturday 6.11 at 1–5 pm
Sunday 7.11 at 1–5 pm
Tuesday 9.11 at 1–5 pm
Wednesday 10.11 at 5–9 pm
Thursday 11.11 at 1–5 pm
Friday 12.11 at 1–5 pm
Saturday 13.11 at 1–5 pm
Sunday 14.11 at 1–5 pm 

The exhibition space is only open during the performance times above during the period 2nd –14th of November.

Imagine a beach – you within it, or better: watching from above – the burning sun, sunscreen, bright bathing suits, sweaty palms and legs. Tired limbs sprawled lazily across a mosaic of towels. Imagine the occasional squeal of children, laughter, the sound of an ice cream van in the distance. The musical rhythm of waves on the surf, a soothing sound (on this particular beach, not elsewhere). The crinkling of plastic bags whirling in the air. Their silent floating, jellyfish-like, below the waterline. The rumble of a volcano, or of an airplane, or a speedboat. Then a chorus of songs: everyday songs, songs of worry and of boredom, songs of almost nothing.

An ecological work at its very core, Sun & Sea takes place on an artificial beach composed through light, architecture and music. In the heat of the midday sun, vacationers sings their stories, unfold their thoughts. As these multiply, everyday micro-events slowly give rise to broader, more distributed anxieties on planetary-scale, anthropogenic climate change. The setting – a crowded beach in summer – paints an image of laziness and lightness. In this context, the message follows suit: contemporary crises unfold easily, softly – like a pop song on the very last day on Earth.

Malmö Konsthall will be the first art institution to show the work in Sweden, after its international success. The performance at Malmö Konsthall is part of a Nordic tour. At each location, local performers together with amateur singers will be recruited to join the original ensemble, which means that the performance is shaped by the place where it is displayed.

Of Sun & Sea, the artists have written: 

Sun and Sea started from the quirky image: vacationers are lying on sandy beach and singing, their half-naked bodies observed from above, from the sun’s perspective, as if humankind were insects. It took 4 years or so after that, until the exposed fragility of human bodies allowed us to find a parallel with the temporality of the colossal body – the body of the Earth. Even though we realized the piece would somehow tackle the topic of climate change, we were hesitant how such a big and pressing subject could be approached in a subtle and non alarmingly didactic way. The libretto of the piece is set as a mosaic of stories, inner monologues, dreams and thoughts, sung in solos and as a chorus by the beachgoers. This ‘soup’ of stories might sound like a mundane and carefree buzz, however, in this both liturgical, poppy and synthetic ocean of songs one can feel an impending threat. The picture of enjoyable holidays belies the consequences of this inertia – planetary resources being extracted as if sipping fizzy Piña Colada. 

Information for visitors

Drop in / no bookings in advance.

Each performance loops for four hours, for twelve days. As an audience, you have the opportunity to experience the work for 30 minutes. The audience takes part in the work from a plateau about three meters above the ground. If you visit the exhibition with children; hold the hand of the child throughout the performance. If you visit us in a wheelchair; talk to staff on site and you will be directed to a seat at ground level. The libretto for Sun & Sea will be able to be downloaded free of charge to a smartphone via a QR code on site. It is also possible to buy the printed libretto. The performance & libretto is in English.

Project partner: The Libraries of Malmö (Biblioteken i Malmö). With support from: The Sweden-Lithuania Cooperation Fund, Swedish Arts Council, Nordic Culture Fund, The Society for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Green Parks in Malmö (Plantan), the Culture Department of Malmö and the Environment Department of Malmö. We also want to thank the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania.

Sun & Sea

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

Director and Set Designer – Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė

Lyrics – Vaiva Grainytė

Composer and Music Director – Lina Lapelytė

Curator – Lucia Pietroiusti

Tour producer – Aušra Simanavičiūtė

Production manager / Stage manager – Erika Urbelevič

Technical director – Lique Van Gerven

Sound engineer – Simonas Žemgulis

Visual identity – Goda Budvytytė

Libretto translation (Lithuanian into English) – Rimas Uzgiris

Singing performers: Aliona Alymova, Teresė Andrijauskaitė, Milda Andrijauskaitė-Bakanauskienė, Bruce Boreham, Marco Cisco, Daniel Monteagudo Garcia, Sandro Hähnel, Claudia Graziadei, Stasė Žaltauskaitė-Malūnavičienė, Artūras Miknaitis, Vytautas Pastarnokas, Eglė Paškevičienė, Salomėja Petronytė, Kalliopi Petrou, Svetlana Statkevičienė, Lukas Vaičiūnas.

Performers: Raminta Barzdžiukienė, Vincentas Korba, Adomas Malūnavičius, Benas Malūnavičius, Darius Malūnavičius, Markas Malūnavičius, Jonas Statkevičius and all the volunteers joining us on the beach.

Live Soundtrack: Daniel Monteagudo Garcia

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, Arkansas

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

Sun & Sea is made possible by the support of the Libraries of Malmö, the Environment Department and the Culture Department of Malmö, Malmö Museer, the Sweden-Lithuania Cooperation Fund, the Swedish Arts Council, the Nordic Culture Fund, the Society for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Green Parks in Malmö, the Cultural Attaché of the Republic of Lithuania in the Kingdom of Sweden, the Lithuanian Culture Institute, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Kingdom of Sweden, Ställningsbyggarna i Skåne and AkkaFRAKT.



Image: Sun&Sea (Marina), opera-performance by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė at Biennale Arte 2019 Venice. © Andrej Vasilenko

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