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 for the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year (near June 21/22) 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.
—Eric Weissten, World of Astronomy
For the fifteenth 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.
The solar sculpture incorporates large plexiglass squares that from above 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 90 seconds 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.
This is a highly visual celebration; cameras are welcomed. Rain or shine!