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A dance, inspired by the book, They Marched Into Sunlight, by David Maraniss hopes to create a path to heal the wounds of war. Read more
This project was successfully funded on March 24, 2012.
We are so humbled by all of our generous pledgers! Not only did we make our goal, but we surpassed it by an extra 17%! We cannot express our heart felt gratitude enough. You have all helped us to ensure a future of Into Sunlight.
We had extremely successful performances last weekend at Stony Brook University and at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School. The students of Holy Trinity who performed with the company really shined and added a new element of growth, renewal and energy into the piece. We had a talk back discussion with David Maraniss, Catherine Murphy, Paul Scolieri, Robin Becker, and cast after each performance. Following the talk backs, a flag ceremony was held outside in front of the high school where 150 American flags were placed in honor of veterans. It was a beautiful sight to see these flags blowing in the wind as you passed by the school.
Ching was there with her video equipment to finish the documenting of this process so that she can put together a video that can be sent other Universities and schools alike of Into Sunlight and its interdisciplinary and educational program, in hopes of bringing Into Sunlight to their school.
Without out your support, we would not be where we are today. On behalf of everyone involved with Into Sunlight, we thank you with all our heart.
We are very excited to continue to update you with our journey!
With love and gratitude,
Robin Becker Dance
Wow, we are less than a week away from our performances! We will be performing excerpts of Into Sunlight at Stony Brook University on Friday, March 16th, the show begins at 7pm. And on Sunday, March 18th, we will be performing the full length, full production of Into Sunlight with the talented students from the dance department of Holy Trinity Diocesan High School at 2pm and 7pm.
This past weekend, Robin Becker Dance company members had two 7 hour rehearsals with the students of Holy Trinity. This was the first time that the seven company members rehearsed with the double-casted, talented dancers of Holy Trinity on their stage where the piece will be performed this coming weekend. The Trinity dancers have been rehearsing for a month with company members Paul Monaghan and Nicole Sclafani, and now it was exciting to get the full cast together on one stage to fit the piece together. The Trinity students have been working extremely hard to embody the profoundness of this piece, and it showed this weekend! They have really wowed Robin Becker Dance. This will be another interdisciplinary event, with a talk back and reception immediately following both performances with David Maraniss, Robin Becker, Catherine Murphy, Paul Scolieri and the dancers.
We look forward to telling you all about it if you are not able to join us!
Thank you again for helping us reach more people this coming weekend with our message of healing the wounds of war. We carry your hearts with us!
Be sure to check out our new and amazing promotional video that the very talented Steve Sclafani created for us! When you visit our kickstarter webpage, there will be a play button on our photo. Simple click the play button and watch!
Thank you again to all of our pledgers. We could not be here with out you! Thank you so much for believing in our vision and we are humbled by your support.
Stay tuned for more news on Into Sunlight!
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We have exciting updates with our upcoming performances!
After performing excerpts of Into Sunlight at Stony Brook University March 16th, the seven company members of Robin Becker Dance will be performing Into Sunlight on March 18th with selected dance students of the Trinity Diocesan High School. This will be the company's first time working with another set a dancers to perform Into Sunlight. Into sunlight is danced by the seven company members alongside nine other dancers. These nine dancers have been the astonishing dance students from Hofstra University, whom the work was created on. These nine students worked intensely last year with the company and now, they pass the torch and have taught their roles to the dance students of Trinity. Company members, Paul Monaghan and Nicole Sclafani have been out at Trinity rehearsing the students weekly, getting them prepared for their dance roles. With every rehearsal, the Trinity students depth of knowledge, physicality and embodiment of the work grows deeper and deeper. Robin has had a few workshops with them as well. This is Paul Monaghan's alma mater and he has been working very hard with his former school to make our performance of Into Sunlight with their briliant dance students a huge success. Paul has reported that you can begin to feel the community of this high school rallying behind Robin Becker Dance in support of the work and it's message. Many other students and faculty of the school are getting involved in as many ways as possible too. At the last rehearsal, art students of Trinity were there to draw scenes from the rehearsal, which will be presented and displayed the day of the performances.
Also, at our last rehearsal, we had Ching videotaping the rehearsal process with the Trinity students. Ching is the wife of Robin Becker Dance board member John Juhl. She was very interested to hear of how Paul and Nicole were working with the students and stayed the entire 5 hours of rehearsal to document this process. It is her hope to use this footage to help capture the educational aspect of Into Sunlight and to insure it's invaluable future. We are so excited and grateful to have her on board with her positive energy and special talents to help support this work.
This coming Sunday, the full company will begin rehearsing with the Trinity students and everyone is extremely excited!
There are so many thrilling events unfolding and we look forward to keeping you all updated!
Thank you again for all your support.
With much warmth and gratitude,
Robin Becker Dance