The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, respectively, in the sense that the length of time elapsed between Sunrise and Sunset on this day is a maximum duration for the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year (near June 20/22) is when the Sun is farthest North. In the Southern Hemisphere, winter and summer solstices are exchanged. The Summer Solstice marks the first day of the season of summer.
–EriPress Releasec Weisstein, World of Astronomy
For the 21st year in celebration of the Summer Solstice, choreographer and dancer Catherine Cisneros will present her solo performance within the lighted squares of Christopher Janney’s “Passing Light” solar sculpture. “Passing Light” was commissioned by the City of San Antonio’s Public Art Office in 2000 and completed in 2001, celebrating its 20th anniversary. The solar sculpture incorporates large plexiglass squares embedded in the ceiling that project a grid of colors onto the passageway surface. Once a year, at 2pm on the Summer Solstice, the lighted grids align with the painted grids on the floor for less than a minute as the Sun passes directly overhead.
URBAN-15 Artistic Director Catherine Cisneros has created a dance work that exploits the changing colors penetrating the environment. Her movements are designed to bring a ceremonial awareness of our planet’s humble travels within a celestial clock, evoking the elaborate rituals performed by the ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Celts, Mayans, Hindis, Incas and others to make visible the moment of solar zenith.
THE EVENT IS
FOR a LIVE and
AN ONLINE AUDIENCE
When: June 21st, 2 pm CST Moment of Zenith
Where: Long Term Parking Garage Nave, SA International Airport
This project, as part of URBAN-15’s commitment to international dance and drumming expressions, is made possible, in part, through support from: by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, Texas Commission on the Arts, Bexar County Department of Economic and Community Development, The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, Alice Kleberg Reynolds Meyer Foundation, The John L. Santikos Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, Recovery Fund for the Arts, The H. E. Butt Foundation, VuTURE Art and Friends of URBAN-15.