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Summer Solstice Performance

June 20 @ 2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Catherine Cisneros performs a dance as a celebration of the Summer Solstice in the lighted squares created by the artwork "Passing Light" by Christopher Janney in the long-term parking area of San Antonio International Airport on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Cisneros is the artistic director the URBAN-15 dance and percussion group. The performance was dedicated to Pete McKinnon of the City of San Antonio Department of Community Initiatves, who died on Friday as a result of a motorcycle accident. BILLY CALZADA /

For the 16th 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.

Event is rain or shine. For more information, email or call (210) 736-1500. For photographs from previous performances, visit


June 20
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm