Average session duration 1 hour

Sun & Sea

Рассуждение о будущем планеты на песчаном пляже от обладательниц Венецианского золотого льва

The opera performance Sun & Sea created by the three Lithuanian artists Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė, has been received with great international acclaim for its humorous, beautiful, and relevant depiction of urgent issues to do with our own future and that of the planet. Presented as Sun & Sea (Marina), the piece was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion for Best National Participation at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019.

Watching from scaffolding above the stage, the audience looks down on a sandy beach, complete with sunbathing visitors, a mosaic of towels, bright bathing suits, and plastic toys.

Imagine a beach — you on 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 rustling of plastic bags whirling in the air, then silently 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)

Neon Realism (Lithuania)

Concept and development:

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė

Director and set designer:

Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė


Vaiva Grainytė


Rimas Užgiris

Composer and music director:

Lina Lapelytė


Lucia Pietroiusti

Tour producer:

Aušra Simanavičiūtė

Production manager / Stage manager:

Erika Urbelevič

Technical director:

Lique Van Gerven

Visual identity:

Goda Budvytytė

Singing performers

Aliona Alymova, Nabila Dandara, Claudia Graziadei, Sandro Hähnel, Atrūras Miknaitis, Vytautas Pastarnokas, Eglė Paškevičienė, Salomėja Petronytė, Kalliopi Petrou, Svetlana Statkevičienė, Annapola Trevenzuoli, Elisabetta Trevenzuoli


Raminta Barzdžiukienė, Vincentas Korba, Jonas Statkevičius and all the volunteers joining us on the beach.

Phonogram player

Salomėja Petronytė

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