Tatiana Koroleva (Montreal, Canada): Sun Stands Still

  • watch: 30th June 2020 at 3 pm UTC
  • duration: 15 min

“The delight of mountains, rivers, grasses, trees, beasts, fish, and insects is an expression of the Art of Peace.” (Morihei Ueshiba)

This performance investigates the complexity of relations between the human body and the four fundamental elements – fire, water, earth, and air. Searching for common denominators between species, material and immaterial world, spirit and matter, the performance proposes to envision life as a unified continuum, where every single body has the potential to embody the entire world.  Performed during the Summer Solstice of 2020, the year of a global crisis caused by the pandemic, this work also searches for the healing potential of the natural world awaken during the shortest night of the year, which for thousands of years was celebrated in various cultures all over the world. Known as Litha, the night of Ivan Kupala, St. John’s Feats, and Juhannus among others, Summer Solstice was worshipped as the time of healing, recuperation, and relieve. It is believed that the morning dew appearing on the grass after the night of Ivan Kupala heals the body and the soul. Sun Stands Still brings new meaning to this ancient tradition in the context of a contemporary globalised unease.