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Candy Shop – The Circus
— Lina Lapelytė


Saturday, 13 June 2015,
Stationers Hall, St. Paul’s

Artist and composer Lapelytė presents The Circus – an expanded version of Candy Shop for seven female voices, including acoustic and electronic instruments and video. The Circus will present a local choir, drummer and a marching band to make a full length celebration reworking the games of power that are embedded in the rap songs into lullabies, narrating a story about beauty, gender and the mundane. Originally commissioned by Borealis Festival, Norway.

Performed by Nouria Bah, Anat Ben David, Angharad Davies, Sharon Gal, Heidi Heidelberg, Maria Sideri, Greta Eacott and Lina Lapelytė herself.

Lina Lapelytė (b. 1984) lives and works in Vilnius and London. She is a composer, sound artist, violinist, vocalist, performance artist. Besides stage performances in the context of improvised music, one of her main artistic interests lies in the genre of contemporary opera. This highly interdisciplinary approach is supported also by attained education: in 2007 she graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance), in 2009 – the University of the Arts in London (Bachelor of Arts with First-Class Honours in Sound Art), in 2013 – the Royal College of Art in London (Master of Arts in Sculpture).

Lina Lapelytė explores contemporary forms of performativity that are related to a genre of new opera and performance in a context of contemporary art. According to the artist, using song as an object, she examines the issues of displacement, otherness and beauty. Re-enactment supports her investigation into aesthetics, control and reality. Performances and operas are fueled by expression, marked by pastiche and grotesque, contextual and conceptual musicality, theatrical suggestibility, expressive stylized visuality. Performances and operas unfold sensitivity to feminine identity and its complex relation to contemporary reality in a manner of a tradition of postfeminist art.

As an author and collaborator Lina Lapelytė has been exhibiting and performing at London’s galleries such as Tate Modern, Serpentine Pavilion, DRAF, Whitechapel, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle, Ikon gallery in Birmingham, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London, Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Skopje biennale, as well as Royal Albert Hall in London (in the context of the BBC Proms), Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Holland Festival in Amsterdam, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and many others.

For further information and bio: www.linalapelyte.com