The Getty Villa

New commissions by some of LA's most respected theater artists, who creatively connect classical texts to contemporary narratives.

Parking is $10 after 3:00 p.m.

The Getty Villa is closed to the public due to the ongoing wildfires in order to help firefighting efforts by alleviating traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway. The Villa itself is not threatened by the fires. We apologize for any inconvenience. All remaining katabasis performances are cancelled. Ticketholders are being notified via email.

We are looking to reschedule at a future date.

Premiere Presentation: katabasis


Date: Thursday–Saturday, November 8–10 & November 15–17, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Villa Auditorium
Admission: Tickets: $25. Use the "Get Tickets" button or call (310) 440-7300.

Four Larks (ϋμνος / Homeric Hymns) returns with a brand new site-specific performance work, unfurling across the grounds of the Getty Villa. Created as a companion piece to the exhibition Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife, Four Larks' katabasis ("descent to the underworld") will guide audiences into the realm of the dead, and trace the trail of the heroes who transgress its borders. This Ovation Award-winning art collective, under the direction of creator/composer Mat Diafos Sweeney and creative producer Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, combines music, choreography, and visual theater to create "a sensual, intellectual, and vastly entertaining feast!" (Bill Raden, LA Weekly). Part immersive concert, part ritual theatre, Four Larks' distinctive future-folk score and otherworldly immersive design will seduce you into the depths of the mythic imagination.

This special event will be staged outside for an intimate audience. Please be advised that this performance is a walking procession throughout the outdoor grounds of the Getty Villa. There is no seating provided and we ask that you wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes.

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How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.