Do you pay attention to the solstice?
Does it affect you in any way?
Of course there are two solstices each year: the Summer Solstice – on or around June 21st; and the Winter Solstice – on or around December 21st.
Image via yoganonymous.com.
[FUN FACTOID: In 2016, the Summer Solstice was accompanied by a Full Moon. That wont happen again until 2062!]
I have always said that my FAVOURITE day of the year is December 21st, the Winter Solstice. For me, the “Longest Night of the Year” is followed by six months of lengthening daylight. I am comforted to know I will soon be seeing signs of renewal — and particularly the reawakening of the plant kingdom — around my home on southern Vancouver Island. Just thinking about the lengthening days gives me energy, and that makes me very happy.
Conversely, despite the fact that the Summer Solstice occurs June 21st, right as the really beautiful, warm weather of summer begins to kick in, I actually feel a tinge of sadness knowing we are back on the slow march to the year’s darker days. I noticed that the sun is already rising later than it did three weeks ago. Yup. It’s only July 12th but the days are getting noticeably shorter.
Yet, for the first time in my life, I’m realizing I may be able to harness the energy of these shortening days; that the diminishing sunlight will help me as Gregory and I bring our new production, Children of Metropolis, to life.
Nothing is as effective as visual cues from Mother Nature to hit home the fact that time is running short. My father’s words, “make hay while the sun shines” reverberate through my mind. I will value the slow but steady diminishment of daylight as it reminds me that time is running short for getting our show completed. Greg and I, and the rest of the ensemble, are in a footrace.
I’ve spelled out an ambitious check-list of what we will be doing to manifest this new work and it’s started in earnest this month. Here’s what we have lined up:
Through the summer 2017:
- continue with thrice-weekly rehearsals with Alex and Masako
- audition for two new ensemble members
- continue to refine compositions
- refine instruments
- further elaborate our narrative
- start work with a filmmaker to produce opening film sequence
September through November:
- begin full time rehearsals
- continue to develop choreographic ideas that support the music and narrative
- design poster
- design and construct costumes
- continue work with filmmaker related to filmic elements
- design set
- block out the stage in terms of narrative
- experiment with ways of projecting film elements
- design lights
- sound design
- theatre residency to work out technical aspects
- finalize set design and construction
- workshop the new production for a live local audience
- videotape the results of the residency
- develop promo videos for showcase applications and for presenters
- prepare programme notes
- debut Children of Metropolis in Ontario
- debut Children of Metropolis in USA
- tour SAM2 in BC schools
Are you influenced by the Solstice? Does it inspire or motivate you? How do you mark it?