Sun & Sea

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė (LT)
Vaiva Grainytė (LT)
Lina Lapelytė (LT)

Imagine a beach. 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. 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.

Described as “a lament to the eclipse of the world … an astonishing performance” (The Guardian), the opera Sun & Sea took the 2019 Venice Biennale by storm as the Lithuanian pavilion, winning the coveted Golden Lion. Arriving at the Reykjavík Art Museum (Hafnarhús) for the Reykjavík Arts Festival following its triumph, this durational installation/performance will surprise, mesmerize and blur the lines between art forms. The Reykjavík performance features black sand from Iceland’s coastline.

The performance loops continuously, for four hours each day. The audience is free to come and go as they please.

Artists: Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, Lina Lapelytė
Curator: Lucia Pietroiusti
Technical Director: Lique van Gerven
Sound Engineer: Romuald Galiauskas
Tour coordinator and Stage Manager: Erika Urbelevič
Visual Identity: Goda Budvytytė
English libretto: Rimas Uzgiris
Originally produced by: Neon Realism
Producer: Aušra Simanavičiūtė
Co-commissioned by: 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 and Reykjavik Art Museum.

Would you like to join us on the beach? 
We are now looking for extras of all shapes and sizes to lie on the beach with the artists, doing as little as possible. Would you like to take part? 

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Sun & Sea is in collaboration with Reykjavik Art Museum


4. JUN - 5. JUN


4 June 2022, 12:00-16:00
5 June 2022, 12:00-16:00





Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė (LT), Vaiva Grainytė (LT), Lina Lapelytė (LT)


There is good wheelchair access to Hafnarhús and wheelchairs are available at the gallery.

BUS: 1, 3, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 55

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