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Sun & Sea

An opera-performance by
Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė
Presented by Arcadia Exhibitions

September 30-October 3

2021 Fringe Festival

1 hr


The BuddMap

Wheelchair Accessible

“a remarkable achievement”—The New York Times

A relaxing day at the beach. An opera with no beginning or end. A plea for our planet.

The premiere of this performance installation enthralled audiences at the 2019 Venice Biennale, earning its all-woman creative team the much-coveted Golden Lion.

For the Philadelphia stop on the production’s US tour, a portion of the former Budd railcar plant is transformed into a bustling beach with European singers and beachgoers sourced from the community, all viewed from above on a four-sided mezzanine.

Thirteen vocalists offer up a range of buoyant harmonies and melodic stories that glide between the mundane, the sinister, and the surreal. From the sprawling narrative of the sunbathers’ lives emerges a piercing exploration of climate change, shining light on the complex relationship between people and our planet.

The Philadelphia presentation of Sun & Sea is the second stop on a national tour from Sep 15—Oct 16 that begins in Brooklyn (BAM), and continues to Bentonville, AR (The Momentary), and Los Angeles (The Hammer, MOCA, and CAP UCLA).

Arcadia Exhibitions is currently hiring non-singing extras to join Sun & Sea. If you are interested in spending some time on the beach, please fill out this form.

Health & Safety

Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event. For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include: a physical vaccine card with your name on it or a digital photo of your vaccine card on a cell phone. Please plan accordingly.

Masks must also be worn for the duration of the performance.


Major support for Sun & Sea has been provided to Arcadia Exhibitions by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from Arcadia University.

Festival Icon Producers: Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer
Festival Star Producers: Mark & Tobey Dichter
Festival Producers: Andy & Bryna Scott; Carol Klein & Lawrence Spitz;
Lynne & Bertram Strieb
Festival Co-Producer: Judith Tannenbaum 


$25 general
$15 students/25-and-under
$2 FringeACCESS

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The Budd
2831 Fox Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132


An opera-performance by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė

Concept and development – Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė

Director and set designer – Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė

Lyrics – Vaiva Grainytė

Music and musical direction – Lina Lapelytė

Curator – Lucia Pietroiusti

Tour producer – Aušra Simanavičiūtė

Tour coordinator / stage manager – Erika Urbelevič

Technical director – Lique Van Gerven

Translator (Lithuanian to English) – Rimas Užgiris

Sound engineer – Romuald Chaloin Galiauskas

Live soundtrack – Salomėja Petronytė

Singing performers – Evaldas Alekna, Aliona Alymova, Svetlana Bagdonaitė, Marco Cisco, Auksė Dovydėnaitė, Saulė Dovydėnaitė, Claudia Graziadei, Lucas Lopes Pereira, Artūras Miknaitis, Vytautas Pastarnokas, Eglė Paškevičienė, Kalliopi Petrou, Ieva Skorubskaitė, and Nabila Dandara Vieira Santos.

Performers – Raminta Barzdžiukienė, Dovydas Korba, Vincentas Korba, Jeronimas Petraitis, Juozas Petraitis, Mantas Petraitis, Pranas Petraitis, Jonas Statkevičius, and others.

Visual identity – Goda Budvytytė

Catalogue and vinyl concept and design – Åbäke

Founding producer – Neon Realism

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,

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

Related Event

Dioramas of the Anthropocene
Panel discussion with artists Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė and project curator Lucia Pietroiusti

Sunday, October 3, 2021
11:00 AM– 12:00PM
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Employing the Academy of Natural Sciences’ collection of habitat displays as a platform for conversation, this event will explore artistic strategies behind the opera-performance Sun & Sea, widely celebrated as one of the most compelling artworks to address the climate crisis to date.

In a panel discussion moderated by Richard Torchia (Director of Arcadia Exhibitions at Arcadia University) in conversation with Sun & Sea curator Lucia Pietroiusti (beaming in remotely) and artists Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė and Lina Lapelytė, participants will discuss the bird’s-eye view — integral to the artists’ conception of the opera-performance — as a means to picture our species’ relationship to a warming planet.

After the program, attendees are invited to explore the dioramas of the Academy’s African and Asian halls on their own.

Admission to the Academy for this event is free.

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