Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė (b.1983, based in Vilnius) works as filmmaker, theatre director and artist. In her creative practice, Rugilė explores the gap between objective and imagined realities, while challenging an anthropocentric way of thinking in a playful way. Her recent full-length documentary film-essay Acid Forest was awarded at the Locarno International Film Festival last year and is extensively traveling in film festivals around the world.
Vaiva Grainytė (b. 1984) is a writer, playwright, and poet. Her creative practice usually crosses the confines of deskwork 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 ofneo-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? in Riga, Rupert in Vilnius (solo exhibition), gallery 1857 in Oslo, the Modern Art Museum in Malmo, MACBA in Barcelona, DRAF in London. Upcoming shows include Cartier Foundation in Paris, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Kunsthalle Praha.
Sun & Sea (Marina) is the second collaboration for the three artists. Their contemporary opera, Have a Good Day! premiered in 2013 is touring worldwide. Have a Good Day! won six international awards in Europe, and it has been performed in more than twenty festivals, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and the Lithuanian National Radio. In 2018 at the Golden Cross awards in Lithuania the artists were awarded the Borisas Dauguvietis prize for their innovative and original ideas. In their collaborative practice, the artists pay special attention to the relationship between documentary and fiction, reality and poetry as well as the overlap of theatre, music and the visual arts.
Commissioner and Producer Dr Rasa Antanavičiūtė is the developer and the executive director of Nida Art Colony of the Vilnius Academy of Arts. She acts as curator, producer and manager of art and education projects such as residencies, exhibitions and the Nida Doctoral School. Rasa has a PhD degree in art history. Her research focuses on symbols of political powers in public spaces and their functions as identity builders and memory constructors.
Honorary Commissioner Jean-Baptiste Joly is the founder, former head and art director of Akademie Schloss Solitude — the largest artist residency program in Germany. Joly is a Board Member of Kunstmuseum in Stuttgart, a member of the advisory board of Transcultural Exchange Boston, the Honorary Professor of Berlin Weißensee School of Art, and a board member of numerous cultural foundations.
Curator of the pavilion, Lucia Pietroiusti is Curator of General Ecology and Live Programmes at London’s Serpentine Galleries. Pietroiusti has programmed and curated performances and series including Park Nights, Serpentine Cinema and the long durational symposium on interspecies consciousness, The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish (with Filipa Ramos). As part of the General Ecology project, Pietroiusti is currently researching eco-feminism, new materialisms, mysticism, environmental humanities and complexity theories across disciplines.
Performers: Evaldas Alekna, Aliona Alymova, Milda Andrijauskaitė Bakanauskienė, Teresė Andrijauskaitė, Arūnas Arlauskas, Emma Grace Arkin, Svetlana Bagdonaitė, Amanda Balnionytė, Francisco Bois, Bruce Boreham, Ugnė Bulavaitė, Ana Carolina de Paula Oliveira, Dominyka Čiplytė, Marco Cisco, Nabila Dandara, Auksė Dovydėnaitė, Saulė Dovydėnaitė, Daniel Monteagudo Garcia, Claudia Graziadei, Stefano Imperi, Rachael Haber, Jenni Lea Jones, Vincentas Korba, Magdalena Kozlovskaja, Lucas Lopes Pereira, Austėja Masliukaitė, Augustas Lapinskas, Chiara Maccatrozzo, Artūras Miknaitis, Justina Mykolaitytė, Hazar Mürşit, Yates Norton, Vytautas Pastarnokas, Eglė Paškevičienė, Jeronimas Petraitis, Juozas Petraitis, Pranas Petraitis, Kalliopi Petrou, Susan Proctor, Alessandra Quattrini, Alizée Rekettyei, Sara Righetto, Ieva Skorubskaitė, Anna Tarca, Annapaola Trevenzuoli, Elisabetta Trevenzuoli, Lukas Vaičiūnas, Eglė Valčiukaitė, Enrico Zagni, volunteer beach goers
Assistant Curator: Caterina Avataneo
Visual identity: Goda Budvytytė
Catalogue & vinyl concept and design: Åbäke
Communication: Lina Vaitiekūnaitė, Jogintė Bučinskaitė, Miles Evans
Production and organisation: Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Mindaugas Reklaitis, Marco Scurati, Neon Realism, Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts
Architects: Mindaugas Reklaitis, Alessandro Zorzetto
Assistant architect: Augustas Lapinskas
Assistant producers: Goda Aksamitauskaitė, Eglė Agnė Benkunskytė, Agnė Kivilšienė, Julija Navarskaitė, Linas Ramanauskas, Kotryna Žukauskaitė
Bookkeeper: Agila Orieškaitė
Music Assistants: Michele Deiana, Mantas Jarašūnas, Magdalena Kozlovskaja, Victor Nebbiolo di Castri, Salomėja Petronytė
Stage design assistants: Amanda Balnionytė, Dalia J. Kavaliauskaitė, Indrė Liškauskaitė, Izabelė Sauserytė, Massimo Simonetto
Translators: Rimas Užgiris, Austėja Banytė, Emilija Ferdmanaitė
Sound Engineers: Mattia Biadene, Romualdas Galiauskas, Valdas Karpuška, Tadas Karpuška & Tautvydas Navikas (NGR Service), Dainius Kazilionis, Marius Venskevičius, Arūnas Zujus (MAMA Studios)
Light Engineers: Rudolfas Levulis & Paulius Mazūras (PVZ.LT)
Technicians: Antanas Gerlikas, Kazimieras Sližys
Pavilion manager: Erika Urbelevič
Pavilion coordinators: Rūta Kairytė, Laima Stasiulionytė, Karolina Zakarauskaitė
Pavilion invigilators: Evaldas Alekna, Ugnė Balsytė, Aistė Jančiūtė, Rūta Kairytė, Agnė Kuprytė, Austėja Masliukaitė, Justina Mykolaitytė, Augustas Lapinskas, Justė Litinskaitė, Daniel Monteagudo Garcia, Martynas Norvaišas, Salomėja Petronytė, Tadas Rubys, Izabelė Sauserytė, Greta Slivskytė, Laima Stasiulionytė, Karolina Zakarauskaitė, Akvilė Zarankaitė, Anton Zolotenkov
Video documentation: Laurynas Skeisgiela
Photo documentation: Martynas Norvaišas, Laima Stasiulionytė, Andrej Vasilenko
Web Development: Asger Behncke Jacobsen
Catalogue and vinyl press: Grafiche Veneziane, Malefatte, Vinyl Plant
Towel and bag design: MUKU
Cordial thank you to: Lithuanian Olympians – swimmer Rūta Meilutytė, basketball player Mindaugas Kuzminskas, athletes Austra Skujytė and Edvinas Krungolcas, figure skaters Margarita Drobiazko & Povilas Vanagas; Creative Agency „New!“; Lithuanian Culture Attaché in New York, USA, Gražina Michnevičiūtė; photographers Audrius Solominas, Alfredas Pliadis, Mindaugas Kulbis, Rokas Darulis; basketball agent Tadas Bulotas; basketball commentator Linas Kunigėlis; LRT.lt sports editor Paulius Cubera; Prezident of the Lithuanian Skating Federation Lilija Vanagienė; Julija Čistiakova; Žilvinas Grigaitis; Captain Maurizio Loi; Ramutė Rachlevičiūtė; Rima Rimšaitė; Giedrė Selenytė; Ieva Skauronė; Rima Taločkaitė; Ūla Tornau; Colonel Antonio Zuliani; Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre; Vilnius Gediminas Technical University; Kaunas University of Technology; Vytautas Magnus University