The Longest Day .
Performance at TurnPark Art Space.
Photos by David Edgecomb.
The longest day and the shortest night of June have been celebrated with special trepidation since ancient times. This is a midsummer, the day when Earth’s pole has its maximum tilt toward the Sun in the Northern hemisphere , after midsummer, days start to get shorter, and as if to celebrate this great cycle, Our ancestors held festivals and worshiped the supremacy of the sun in doing so. In today’s world, so far removed from nature, most natural sensitivity and connection to the mother earth is often lost or overlooked.
We seem to have severed our connection with the wisdom of our ancestors and with it the balance with the surrounding that is imbued with magic and beauty.
With the Summer solstice festival, we wanted to try to immerse ourselves in this lost, mystical holiday.
We wanted the visitors to get a sense of what this celebration could have been like. It was an attempt to reinvent old and lost rituals. We wanted to revive rituals like dancing around the Maypole, launching flowers and candles in the lake, wearing wreaths of flowers, and so on.
We wanted to resurrect the old gods with ritualistic costumes and rethink what they could have been like. We wanted to create a magical evening in which all visitors became participants and contribute to the revitalization of these ancient festivities.