Richmond’s Cherie Carson produces Solstice, a winter’s celebration

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Richmond's Cherie Carson produces Solstice, a winter’s celebration
Artwork by Deena Smith

By Kathy Chouteau

Upswing Aerial Dance Company’s “Solstice,” an East Bay holiday fave, will return to Studio 12 at 2525 Eighth Street in Berkeley for its 10th production Wed., Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Produced by Richmond choreographer, Cherie Carson, Solstice is touted as celebrating the longest night of the year with music, film and aerial dance by some of the best performers in the Bay Area. This year’s event will be a winter’s celebration, per Upswing, featuring dancing stars, award winning aerial dance films and snowbirds that somehow usher in snow to Berkeley.

Among the wintery treats will be David Worm’s soaring, blues-inflected vocals, Amar Singh Khalsa’s magical flute and Sahib-Amar Khalsa’s deeply moving viola—not to mention a guest appearance by Voices in a New World.

Aerialists also performing in the show will include Vera Belaia, Helen Fitanides, Kiran Satellite Haithcox, Chris Spiteri and Helium Valentine. Deena Smith will also share her “Emerging” Digital Art & Photography Exhibit in the Grand Hall.

Tickets to Solstice are $30 for adults; $25 for seniors age 65-plus; and $25 for kids age 17 years and under. The show is approximately 1.5 hours long with no intermission. For more info call 510.388.2489 and click here to purchase tickets.