ROBIN BECKER DANCE presents “INTO SUNLIGHT”
I just viewed a work by Robin Becker and I highly recommend that this work be seen: below are my thoughts on what I took away from the evening:
October 25-27, 2013
Florence Gould Hall at FIAF
55 East 59th ST, (Between Park & Madison Aves), New York, NY 10022
“A PEACE OF TAPESTRY WOVEN BY ROBIN BECKER DANCE”
n. pl. tap·es·tries
1. A heavy cloth woven with rich, often varicolored designs or scenes, usually hung on walls for decoration and sometimes used to cover furniture.
2. Something felt to resemble a richly and complexly designed cloth: the tapestry of world history.
tr.v. tap·es·tried (–strd), tap·es·try·ing, tap·es·tries (–strz)
1. To hang or decorate with tapestry.
2. To make, weave, or depict in a tapestry.
US Military camouflage used during the Vietnam war, optimized for basic repeat on upholstery weight twill. Note on colors: All designs have been color optimized for printing on fabric but will appear on most computer monitors to look very strange and bright.
The first word that came to mind after viewing “INTO SUNLIGHT” was Tapestry. Robin Becker beautifully and ever so eloquently reveals to her audience how dance speaks what the written word could never say in her interpretation of David Maraniss’ powerful book on the Vietnam War, They Marched Into Sunlight.
The dancers signature “Slow Pace” in their movement gentle reminded us of the importance that we as a people critically need to slow down in order to truly feel, wake up, and to tell our stories. “What does a story have that isn’t told?”
This Tapestry of Talent, Emotion, Issues, Intellect, Culture, Art, Synergy, Past, Present, and Future is a fabric that needs to be seen, and felt by all. In each of the beautiful faces of the young dancers I was reminded that my personal commitment to the realization of a world without war is not in vain. Each of them fuel my hope for a better future for my Niece, Grand Niece, and Grand Nephew. They fuel the hope for a future where we cease to make the same mistakes that have cost the lives of thousands.
It was definitely no coincidence to find out that most of the dancers were from Hofstra University on Long Island. One of the first Universities that launched a course titled “Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace” (GKI) as part of its 2007 spring semester history curriculum. Professor Michael D’Innocenzo, the university’s Harry H.. Wachtel Distinguished Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change, a 46-year scholar of nonviolence, designed the course after viewing an exhibition of the same title sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. The classes began January 30, 2007 with 22 students and will be held every week through mid-May..
Many of the student protesters have been working and performing this work for approximately 3 and a half years. As one of the dancers who connected with this project summed it up,
“Loss is Loss”
– Nancy Louigene
This work is dedicated to the 60 men of the Black Lions Battalion who lost their lives in Vietnam on October 17, 1967.