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Opera | Visual Art | Theater Sun & Sea BAM Fisher
Sep 15—Sep 26, 2021


By Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė

Step into a sunny day at the beach with this striking theatrical installation for 13 vocalists, winner of the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion.

“one of the greatest achievements in performance of the last 10 years: wry, seductive and cunning in ways that reveal themselves days or years later.”
The New York Times (Critic's Pick)

The Guardian

“Surreal as it is profound”

“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 much-coveted Golden Lion. It comes to BAM for its US premiere, transforming the Fishman Space into a crowded beach. 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, brought to life by 13 vocalists and 25 tons of sand.

Audience members stand in the balcony to experience the performance, and are encouraged to move around the viewing area. Accessible seating is available upon request.

A limited number of timed-entry tickets will be sold in advance. Ticketholders will be admitted on a rolling basis as space becomes available, and once admitted, may stay as long as they like.


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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

Producer, Aušra Simanavičiūtė
Associate Producer and Stage Manager, Erika Urbelevič

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

Leadership support for Sun & Sea provided by Compass

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.

Leadership support for BAM Visual Art provided by Toby Devan Lewis

Leadership support for theater at BAM provided by
The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.;
The SHS Foundation; and The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

Major support for female creators in the Fall 2021 Season provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

Major support for Sun & Sea provided by the Arthur F. & Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation


All performances will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff.