Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, born in 1983 and based in Vilnius, works as a filmmaker, theatre director and visual artist. In her creative practice, Barzdžiukaitė explores the gap between objective and imagined realities, while challenging an anthropocentric way of thinking in a playful way. Her recent full-length documentary film-essay Acid Forest was awarded at the Locarno International Film Festival and shown, among others, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Lincoln Center in New York City and the American Film Institute Festival in LA.
In their collaborative practice, the three artists pay special attention to the relationship between documentary and fiction, reality and poetry as well as the overlap of theatre, music and the visual arts. The opera-performance Sun & Sea is their second collaboration after the contemporary opera Have a Good Day! for 10 cashiers, supermarket sounds and piano, premiered in 2013 and touring worldwide.