A crowded beach, the burning sun, bright bathing suits and sweaty brows and legs.
Tired limbs sprawling lazily across a sea of towels. The rumble of a volcano, or of an airplane, or a speedboat. The squeal of children, laughter, the sound of an ice cream van in the distance. Sunbathers sing languid songs of worry, of boredom, of almost nothing. Songs of early morning flights and half-eaten sandwiches in the sand, the crinkling of plastic bags whirling in the air then floating silently, jellyfish-like below the waterline. Stories that glide between the mundane, the sinister and the surreal.
Witness from above as an afternoon at the beach reveals a mesmerising exploration of the relationship between us and our planet.
Staged on an indoor beach at the Albany from 23 June – 10 July, this durational work will unfold on a loop over several hours. Audiences will watch from the balcony as dozens of performers bring the scene below to life. At first appearing to present a vision of a mundane afternoon at the beach, at the heart of Sun & Sea lies an urgent exploration of our relationship with the planet, the threat climate change presents and the dangers we face if it is ignored.
Presented as Lithuania’s national entry for the 2019 Venice Biennale, Sun & Sea’s all-female creative team – composer Lina Lapelytė, librettist Vaiva Grainytė and director Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė – received the festival’s top award, the Golden Lion.
“Sun & Sea remains 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. This is a performance that makes the extinction of the species feel as agreeable as a perfect pop song, and as unforgettable, too.”
— The New York Times
“A haunting manifestation of our messed up relationship with our planet.”
— Time Out London
“Compelling, heartbreaking, morbid and funny”
— The Guardian
Standard ticket: £15
Choose your entry slot and arrive on time, although there may be a short queue while you wait to enter (but it will be worth it!)
Premium ticket: £25
Pay a little extra and get priority access to the queue.
Being able to bring Sun & Sea to local audiences in London is really important to the Albany, LIFT and Serpentine. As charities, we kindly ask that anyone who can pay a little extra considers buying a £25 ticket. These tickets enable us to provide accessible £5 tickets, giving more people opportunities to enjoy Sun & Sea.
Please note all tickets are also subject to a £2 booking fee.
The UK premiere of Sun & Sea is presented by LIFT, the Albany and Serpentine as part of LIFT 2022, Back to Earth and We Are Lewisham.
We Are Lewisham is presented by Lewisham Council and the Albany as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2022.
Supported by the Leche Trust.