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Fourlarks, a Los Angeles-based performance troupe, returns to the Getty Villa in January to present their Villa Premiere Presentation, katabasis. Due to disruptions related to the Woolsey fire in Malibu last month, the Getty Villa was closed for two weeks and performances of katabasis were canceled. The Getty Villa has rescheduled the production for January 24, 25, & 26 at 7:30 p.m.

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

Premiere Presentation: katabasis


Date: Thursday–Saturday, January 24–26, 2019
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Villa
Admission: Ticket required; $30. Use the "Get Tickets" button or call (310) 440-7300.

katabasis ('descent to the underworld') is a site-specific live music performance work that is part immersive concert and part ritual theater. Staged outside for an intimate audience, katabasis unfurls across the grounds and gardens of the Getty Villa in a walking procession that is structured as a participatory Orphic mystery rite.

A performative companion piece to the Villa exhibition Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife, katabasis features a cult of musical performers who guide a small audience of initiates around the grounds of the museum, where they encounter characters and visual motifs from the exhibition, commune with ancient beliefs, and procure blessings for this life and what lies beyond. Fourlarks' future-folk score is inspired by ancient modes and rhythms, reimagined through a kaleidoscope of world folk and art pop.

Please be advised that this performances 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.

About fourlarks

Fourlarks is an Ovation Award winning L.A.-based performance company led by composer/director Mat Sweeney and creative producer Sebastian Peters-Lazaro. Their work combines acoustic music, site-based installation, and physical theatre. More info at

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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.