Happy 2021 dear friends! This year promises to be extremely new. Here’s hoping that live art will resume and we can be together again soon. In the meantime, we’re digging our heels in to the digital reality. Watch this space for news about a major on-screen collaboration coming this summer! We’re also excited to share […]
We mourn the Black lives lost to and endangered by systemic racism in America and we stand in outrage and condemnation of police brutality, in solidarity with protesters around the world. This movement is urgent but the work is ongoing. We acknowledge our personal responsibility and commit to actively work against anti-Black hate and violence […]
Mat talked to BROADWAY WORLD‘s Gil Kaan about Frankenstein and the Sherwood Award…READ Mat and Sebastian recently huddled with ALTA‘s Chris Martin to discuss immersive performance making and their collaboration with the Wallis…READ Most recently Mat spoke with LA STAGE ALLIANCE‘s Julia Stier to talk about the Sherwood, LA art making, and our hopes for the […]
The world premiere enraptured and enraged critics during its sold out extended run at the Wallis…Read what they had to say below… “INGENIOUS…a HYPNOTIC progression of sights, sounds, and ideas…a MASTER-CLASS of physical performance…a JAW-DROPPING combination of performance, stagecraft and technology that unites past and present in a spectral vision conveying the all-encompassing dread of a future mankind has […]
All upcoming 2020 events have been postponed- follow us on FB and IG to be notified first, or join our MAILING LIST. We are sending our deepest admirations to the frontline workers keeping the world moving and our thanks to all those who can choose to stay at home. See you on the other side […]
In an effort to support artists affected by the Covid-19 cancelations (hi!) the music hosting site bandcamp has cut their administrative fees, making it an excellent time to revisit one of our performance recordings including KATABASIS. Strap into your earphones and join us down below…LISTEN HERE
Our FRANKENSTEIN has been extended through Saturday March 7- last call to catch this “breathtaking and terrifying” (KCRW), “cerebral and viscerally spellbinding piece of entertainment” (ArtsBeatLA), a “jaw-dropping combination of performance, stagecraft and technology” (Los Angeles Blade) UPDATE: 3/2 All remaining performances of FRANKENSTEIN have sold out
Mat Diafos Sweeney has received the 2020 Dorothy and Richard E. Sherwood Award, a $10,000 prize awarded by Center Theatre Group to an innovative and adventurous Los Angeles theatre artist at a catalytic moment in their career. Since 1996, the Sherwood Award has been given annually in honor of longtime Center Theatre Group supporters Dorothy and […]
Our friends at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts have commissioned a brand new adaptation FRANKENSTEIN to premiere at the LOVELACE STUDIO THEATRE on February 19, 2020 (Performances run through March 1). This wild theatrical creature feasts on Mary Shelley’s classic novel and the 200 years of art, innovation, and monstrousness that have […]
National immersive theatre tastemakers NoProscenium have listed our Katabasis at the Getty Villa among the BEST SHOWS & EXPERIENCES of the year! “Four Larks’ journey through the underworld at the Getty Villa is the show I’ve been thinking about and coming back to all year…It wasn’t just my favorite piece of immersive theatre, it was […]
Our site specific series with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra continues to take new shape, this time inside the 1909 downtown temple that houses the PICO UNION PROJECT, in collaboration with new music heroes WildUp! under the curatorial baton of their venerable leader Christopher Rountree. “…this was a concert that mattered in ways a concert […]
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 […]