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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Sun & Sea "We loved it. It was Phillip Glass meets Benidorm. Beautifully hypnotic." #SunAndSea #Opera @theAlbanySE8 @WeAreLewisham @LIFTfestival @SerpentineUK

Last Saturday afternoon Stuart and I went to The Albany in glitzy Deptford to watch the climate opera Sun & Sea.
 
Beautifully sung on an indoor beach that you watch from above, Sun & Sea was Lithuania’s national entry for the 2019 Venice Biennale - winning the top Golden Lion award.
 
A day by the shore unfolds into a musical exploration of our relationship with our planet. The 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.
 
We loved it. It was Phillip Glass meets Benidorm. Beautifully hypnotic.


















 

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