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18/19 New Collaborator Call-Out

four larks works with an expanding ensemble of inter-disciplinary collaborators. Each new project is conceived and built around a specific group of performing artists. The list below is a very loose template; we are also interested in connecting with artists who’s work we aren’t yet imagining. Interested in what we do and want to make […]

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LACO :: Session :: 5.24.18

We’re thrilled to join forces with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for a site-specific concert party on May 24th at Angel City Brewing Co. We’ll be art-directing and co-producing this event. LA music hero Andrew Norman (pictured above) has curated an incredible program of string works from the likes of Caroline Shaw, Sky Macklay & […]

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PLAY through MAY

Our friends at PLAY have transformed our downtown cavern into a forest of wonder for ‘the silent play experiment;’ a guided creative lab that we just can’t recommend enough! If you’re looking to infuse your creative circulation, create a new community, or access brand new regions of your brain, hurry and sign up for the […]

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Happy New Year! 2018 will mark our ten year anniversiary- from The Invitation in our backyard in Melbourne, to Undine in our flower shop in downtown LA it’s been an insane journey thanks to our incredible collaborators and co-conspirators on and off stage. We’re looking towards this next year as our biggest and best yet. […]

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Undine – One Weekend Only!

Four Larks returns for one weekend only with a visually immersive concerto, scaling the submarine depths of an oversaturated imagination. Join us in our transformed DTLA hideaway for a night of sublime submersion- but don’t delay- these three showings are bound to fill up fast. Tickets and More Information Here! See you there friends!


Hymns for 2017

We are unveiling the first draft of our new project this weekend at the Getty Villa. This new music and performance piece is adapted from the Homeric Hymns. Read on for a primer on the source material, and a discussion of why the hymns matter to us in 2017 from creator/composer Mat Sweeney: “The ancient […]


ὕμνος at the Getty Villa

four larks has been invited to create a brand new piece at the Getty Villa in April. Join us for ten songs of devotion, praise, resistance and rage, sown from the seeds of the oldest surviving greek poetry, composed and adapted for Los Angeles in 2017. This residency will culminate in four showcase presentations from […]


Fabrik Critique

Check out Jacki Apple’s brilliant reflection on the performance and turmoil of 2016 for Fabrik Media including a thorough reckoning with four larks’ “brilliant postmodern opera” The Temptation of St Antony. Insight and illumination to guide us forward in these dark days. Read the article here.


Critical Rave Wave

The Temptation of St Antony is sold out again through this weekend and we’re receiving the most incredible response from audiences and critics alike. Read the latest below… “The Temptation of St Antony is as all-consuming in its concerns, and as vivid and innovative in its theatrical gestures, as Einstein on the Beach, but compresses […]


Press Roundup

Los Angeles Times expansive feature on four larks and interview with Mat and Sebastian: Los Angeles Downtown News interview with Mat and Ellen on the music and experience of The Temptation of St Antony: Truthdig feature on contemporary stagings of New Music- features and interview with Mat: KCRW‘s Fall Theatre Picks features […]

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On Flaubert, St Antoine, & Nice

Gustave Flaubert‘s The Temptation of St Antony is an interrogation of humanity’s religious impulse. The author was compelled and repulsed by the subject in equal measure. He loathed the irrationality and dangerous indoctrination he perceived in the church, but adored the ritual, tradition, curiosity and joyful communion that springs from the same well. We’ve spent the last few years wrestling with Flaubert’s gorgeous […]