“The first time you witness a production by Four Larks is a little like stumbling upon a brigadoon-like village; one that has somehow existed in isolation from the mainstream yet has developed a complete set of traditions, rituals and aesthetics on its own…These are fully-fledged operas growing from the detritus of contemporary culture.” -REALTIME
RADICAL NEW FORMS, FASHIONED FROM THE ARCHIVE
We create original performance works that transmute big ideas into space and song. Our junkyard operas fuse immersive design, ornate chamber-pop, and interdisciplinary dramaturgy, with ensembles of actor/musicians generating new worlds through sound and movement.
For source material we ransack the texts, images, and (hi)stories that form the subliminal foundation of American culture. We interrogate the popular mythology that has shaped our identity, so that we may rewire it for the future. We believe that Black lives matter, that words and images hold power, and that art can bend the arc of the moral universe.
Mat & Sebastian also partner with other artists, composers, and institutions to create aesthetic experiences, activate space, and translate ideas across forms. Recently, we worked with the Getty to turn an antiquities exhibition into an immersive opera, and with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to turn a new-music program into a series of interactive installations. Throughout the late 2010’s we created and curated a DIY gallery & performance space out of an old flower shop that became a seminal hub for experimental art and music in downtown LA.
Four Larks is an expanding constellation of creative collaborators. We operate variously as an experimental music ensemble, physical theatre lab, sustainable design firm, ecstatic congregation and nomadic community nucleus. Our evolving mission and practice is profoundly impacted by the artists and audiences that keep us in orbit, as we’ve moved from Melbourne, Australia to our current home in downtown Los Angeles, and beyond. Please see our project credits to connect with our collaborators, and contact us to get involved in future projects.
SUPPORT DURING PANDEMIC
We believe in the power of congregation, and in the theatre as a place to collectively debate, dance and dream. We can’t wait to be together again. In the meantime, please consider making a donation to help sustain our independent artists during this extended hibernation.
“seriously imaginative, wondrously immersive”
LOS ANGELES TIMES
“you walk away with the sense that you’ve seen something extraordinary. you’re held in ecstatic thrall from start to finish”
“Four Larks hurtles over the boundaries between genres to create immersive, transformative events”
“a sensual, intellectual, and vastly entertaining feast”
“LA’s iconoclastic experimental opera company”
“the artistry verges on scientific mastery”
“a company whose comprehensively reconstructed notion of the immersive Gesamtkunstwerk has produced some of the most inspiring and original art I’ve ever seen.”
“a hypnotic progression of sights, sounds, and ideas”
LOS ANGELES BLADE
“these are more than shows, they’re experiences.”
OPENING THE CURTAIN
“the future of contemporary performance”
LOS ANGELES TIMES