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k a t a b a s i s

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.

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LACO :: Session

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 […]

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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!

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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Press Roundup

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 […]

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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 […]