Sun & Sea

Lithuanian Pavilion
11 May—31 Oct, 201911 May—31 October, 2019

An opera-performance by

Rugilė Bardžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė

Imagine a beach - you within it, or better: watching from above - the burning sun, sunscreen and bright bathing suits and 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. And below them: the slow creaking of an exhausted Earth, a gasp.

A new opera-performance by filmmaker and director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, writer Vaiva Grainytė and artist and composer Lina Lapelytė, Sun & Sea (Marina) brings a varying cast of more than 20 participants and singers together for a durational installation/performance blurring the edges between fiction and reality and addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Sun & Sea (Marina) takes place on an artificial beach composed through light, architecture and music. Vacationers in colourful bathing suits are lying next to each other on a sandy ground, while the audience observes them from above, as though from the point of view of the sun. In the heat of midday, characters begin telling their stories. Frivolous micro-stories slowly give rise to broader, more serious topics and grow into a global symphony, a universal human choir addressing planetary-scale, anthropogenic climate change. In the work, the physical finitude and fatigue of the human body becomes a metonym for an exhausted Earth. The setting—a crowded beach in summer—paints an image of laziness and lightness. In this context, the message follows suit: serious topics unfold easily, softly—like a pop song on the very last day on Earth.

An ecological play at its very core, Sun & Sea (Marina) concerns itself with the way in which we—our human species—consistently fails to recognise those planetary-scale threats and urgencies we ourselves are the cumulative cause of.

This is the second opera-performance by the award-winning trio, after the highly acclaimed, internationally touring opera, Have a Good Day!

Opening Events

10.5.2019 16:00
Opening Talk
Daisy Hildyard

Daisy Hildyard is a novelist and academic. Hildyard has a PhD on early-modern scientific literature. Her first novel, Hunters in the Snow received the Somerset Maugham Award and a ‘5 under 35’ honorarium at the USA National Book Awards. She currently runs a research project on animals and fiction at Northumbria University, and is working on a novel about nonhuman forms of life. Her latest book, The Second Body, is an essay on the Anthropocene.


Tue–Sun, 10:00–18:00


Sat, 10:00–18:00


Marina Militare,
Fondamenta Case Nuove 2738c
Venice, Italy



Registration will open in the end of March

Presented by

Lithuanian Council for Culture
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania


Danutė Mallart
Lewben Art Foundation
JCDecaux Lietuva

Vilnius Academy of Arts
Marina Militare, Arsenale di Venezia

Vilma Dagilienė
Alma Jauncemienė
Monika Mačiulytė
Mindaugas Raila
Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art
David Roberts Art Foundation
MO Museum
Vilnius Coding School 

Gabija Grušaitė & Justas Janauskas
Rachel Haber
Lina & Tomas Kučinskai
Goethe-Institut Litauen 
Dione Ice Cream

Nicoletta Fiorucci Russo
Žaneta Fomova
Agnė Grigaliūnienė
Monika Mačiulytė
Danutė Mallart
Peter Meanwell
Vytautas Michelkevičius
Ilma Nausėdaitė
Evaldas Rimšelis 
Kristina Spalveters & Vaidas Grincevičius
Kotryna Stankutė
Darius Žakaitis
Gallery Vartai
Global Lithuanian Leaders

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