The word Solstice literally means, “standing still sun.” The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year; it marks the turning from the cold, dark days of winter to the warmer, lighter days of spring and summer. Traditionally, this season was used as a time of reflection, renewal, and community celebration.
“Now, on this longest day, light triumphs, and yet begins the decline into the dark. The Sun King grown embraces the Queen of Summer in the love that is death because it is so complete that all dissolves into the single song of ecstasy that moves the worlds. We turn the Wheel, for we have planted the seeds of our own changes and to grow we must accept even the passing of the sun.” (The Spiral Dance, 1999)
An opportunity to ponder what was and what will be…
Spring is a time of transformation and renewal. The earth reawakens from her slumber, and explodes with new life. In our own lives, Spring can be symbolic of starting new projects, sewing new seeds and coming forth with new ideas.
Observing the symbolic meaning of seasons prompts dynamic shifts and viewing our cycles of life through symbolic eyes transforms a myopic view into a pervasive, universal spectrum of sight.
A variety of choreographers throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona share fresh and innovative works from various stages of the creative process. The works range from serious to silly and some are presented for the first time.
The ‘No Frills’ concert serves two important purposes – it is a popular venue for showcasing youth performers, schools, and youth choreography, and it continues to be venue for local choreographers to take creative risks with new work. The show is an open mic for dance and, as the name suggests, there are no frills—no fancy lights, no fancy sets—just dancers, choreographers, and experimentation.