Last week our latest collaboration with the LA Chamber Orchestra unfolded across the soundstage at Mack Sennet Studio, around a program curated by the brilliant Matthias Pintscher, featuring Michelle DeYoung. More images and info here. “Direction and design were entrusted to Mat Sweeney and Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, a.k.a. the roving theater outfit Four Larks…cunningly unified in […]
Our sold-out katabasis has completed its run at the Getty Villa, and the reviews are in! See photos, video, and hear music from katabasis here. ”Triumphant…A high-water mark for site specific theatre” Kevin Gossett, NO PROSCENIUM ”Like a profound church service in its reach for eternal stasis…so beautifully and skillfully ensnared by four larks” Steven […]
Our site-specific processional opera is back on at the Getty Villa from January 24-26 2019! Following a delay by the Woolsey Fire, which shuttered the Villa for two weeks in Novemeber, we’re excited to finally premiere this new work. The Getty will announce new ticket info in early January. Please join our mailing list or […]
This weekend we were set to present a site-specific processional opera at the Getty Villa, but nature had other plans. All of our thoughts are with those affected by the tragic fire. This weekend, before we disband a project that never was, we are congregating at our downtown studio to present a modified concert version, […]
On the heels of a spectacular opening to the series this spring, we will continue our site-specific new music explorations with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra this Fall. Join us at DTLA’s Hauser & Wirth for another musical and visual feast, this time curated by Derrick Spiva.
We’re preparing a mystery rite through the hallowed halls and gardens of the Getty Villa this November. Created as a companion piece to the Villa’s latest exhibition ‘Underworld : Imagining the Afterlife,’ our Katabasis will lead initiates through the realm of the dead in a performance that combines ritual theatre and immersive music.
We’re joining 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 & Nina C […]
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!
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 the 21st century from creator/composer Mat Sweeney: […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Los Angeles Times expansive feature on four larks and interview with Mat and Sebastian: latimes.com Los Angeles Downtown News interview with Mat and Ellen on the music and experience of The Temptation of St Antony: ladowntownnews.com Truthdig feature on contemporary stagings of New Music- features and interview with Mat: truthdig.com KCRW‘s Fall Theatre Picks features […]
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 […]