Statement and list of dancers:
“The Sun and the Horn” is a celebration of our longest day, a peak moment when we in the northern hemisphere are tilted toward the sun. It is also a kind of cave-painting for the new millenium, an homage to the time when the beasts ran free and people moved within the rhythms of “the sun and the horn.” My inspiration comes from my time as a dairy farmer, and from places like the Lascaux cave whose entrance was oriented toward the summer solstice’s setting sun. Nearby that opening a bull was painted with smatterings of dots believed to represent the stars of the Pleiades, part of the constellation of Taurus the Bull, evidence that the people of that time were careful observers of their world.
The original installation from which this short film was made was shown at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn on June 21st, 2013, the Summer Solstice. It utilized two projectors and two image streams, one for the sun and one for the beasts, that overlapped and interacted in an ever-changing sequence. Two hanging translucent scrims formed a tunnel where people walked and danced, experiencing the imagery from the “inside,” sometimes using masks or headdresses. These interactions were filmed and made into a short video: one more layer of experience.
The dancers, in order of appearance, are Susan Luss, Sally Christianson Novak, Andrew Keeley Yonda, Jennifer Keeley Yonda, Rick Klauber, Brian Caverly, Rachael Whitney, Mary Negro, Patricia Einstein, Christopher Pelley, Jennifer Shepard, Troyan Tecau, Jane Dell, Kumiko Uchida, Meredith Fitzgerald, Rhia Hurt, Aaron Yonda, Kaitlin Martinand Juliet Knuth's unicorn mask, Shuana O'Donnel, Pawel Wojtasik, Will Hutnik, and Danny Cabrera. Also John and Dorothy Priske's Highland cattle appear throughout the video.