Sun & Sea

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, Lina Lapelytė

Bauhaus Stadtbad

Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 June 2021

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Filmmaker/director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, writer/poet Vaiva Grainytė and artist/composer Lina Lapelytė will present the opera-performance Sun & Sea for two consecutive days in Luckenwalde’s Bauhaus City Stadtbad. Specially adapted as a durational work for the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, and awarded with the Golden Lion, Sun & Sea is the second collaboration of the three artists.

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 sing 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.

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. Lucia Pietroiusti


Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė (b.1983, based in Vilnius) works as filmmaker and theatre director. In her creative practice, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė explores the gap between objective and imagined realities, while challenging an anthropocentric way of thinking in a playful way. Her recent full-length film-essay Acid Forest was awarded at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2019.

Vaiva Grainytė (b. 1984) is a writer, playwright, and poet. Her creative practice usually crosses the confines of desk work and becomes an integral part of an interdisciplinary polylogue in the form of radio plays, operas, site specific performances, and musicals. Her book of essays Beijing Diaries (2012) was nominated for the Book of the Year award in the adult literature category and included in the top twelve listing of the most creative books for that year. Vaiva’s poetry debut Gorilla’s Archives was published in 2019 and according to critics recognized as a distinguished voice of neo-avant-garde poetry.

Lina Lapelytė (b.1984, based in Vilnius and London) is an artist, musician and composer. Her performance-based practice is rooted in music and flirts with pop culture, gender stereotypes and nostalgia. Lapelytė’s works were presented at KIM?, Riga, Rupert, Vilnius (solo exhibition), gallery 1857, Oslo, the Modern Art Museum, Malmo, MACBA, Barcelona and DRAF, London. Upcoming shows include Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris; Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Kunsthalle Praha.

Sun & Sea (Marina), Rugile Barzdziukaite, Vaiva Grainyte, Lina Lapelyte at Biennale Arte 2019, Venice. Photo: © Laima Stasiulionyte