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Soldier of the Stage

e-Notebook: October 2013

A special multimedia feature exploring one troupe’s commitment to peace and
spiritual activism through the universal language of dance.


An Exclusive Seven Pillars Interview with Robin Becker
The inside story of her powerful dance piece Into Sunlight

Recently, Seven Pillars’ Laurie Lane-Zucker and Corin Girard sat down with dancer and choreographer Robin Becker to discuss her original production, Into Sunlight. In the interview, Robin spoke of what inspired her to create this poignant work, the “chaos theory” behind her artistic process, the company’s upcoming New York City performances and the creation of an eagerly anticipated documentary film based on the production.

“It is my intention to help people really feel. My ideal and hope for dance is that an inspired performance could become a context for the transformation of consciousness.  Most of us consider dance to be a visual experience that we go to watch. I think of witnessing dance as a kinesthetic experience—something to feel and experience along with the dancers. I believe that movement is a powerful communicator if it arises from a place of great depth and authenticity.”

Read the full interview…



Click here for a video interview produced for Seven Pillars
with the dancers of
Into Sunlight

From Battlefield to Stage
Inspirations for Robin Becker Dance’s Into Sunlight

This article includes the poem, Elegy by Bruce Weigl, an excerpt from They Marched Into Sunlight by David Maraniss and a historical video of the Battle of Ong Thanh.

“When I read They Marched Into Sunlight, David Maraniss’ powerful book on the Vietnam War, I immediately responded to the timelessness and universality of the themes and events he documented. I was deeply moved by the integrity, honor and commitment of both those who fought the war, and those who fought against it. I embarked upon the creation of this dance, Into Sunlight, hoping that the universal language of the body would reflect and offer the same sense of healing that David’s words evoked in me.

“The dancers and I became deeply immersed in the lives and events described in David’s book. It has been an honor to invoke the spirit of those who lived these events, and to offer our embodied response and appreciation of them through dance.”

~ Robin Becker, Artistic Director of Robin Becker Dance Company Read more…

Inside Into Sunlight
An evocative gallery of images from the performance


Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of They Marched Into Sunlight, David Maraniss writes:

“From the moment I heard that Robin Becker wanted to create a modern dance inspired by my book on Vietnam (They Marched Into Sunlight), I knew that it would be beautiful and interesting, like anything Robin undertakes.

“However, I wondered how she would connect her choreography to the storylines of the book and how deeply I would feel a connection to what I wrote about and what I would see in the movements on stage. That question dissolved as soon as her wonderful dancers began. From their first piece, I was utterly absorbed, feeling my book in a way that I never had before, and that sensation stayed with me until the night was done.” Click here to see the gallery and read David’s full endorsement.

Performance Schedule

October 25 & 26 at 8pm | October 26 & 27 at 2:00pm

Into Sunlight
A powerful dance piece dedicated to the 60 men of the Black Lions Battalion who lost their lives in Vietnam on October 17, 1967.

Florence Gould Hall at FIAF
55 East 59th ST, (Between Park & Madison)
New York, NY 10022

Seven Pillars staff and Board of Trustees will attend Robin Becker Dance’s performance of Into Sunlight in New York City on Friday, October 25th. Please invite your friends and join us in support of Robin’s work!



5 Days Left

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An immersive, multimedia experience that will connect us with our own living wisdom, and with one another.

Saturday, October 19 | 8:00pm | FREE

Out of Darkness Into Light
A free concert event based on The Seven Pillars of Wisdom to benefit the homeless and
hungry living in Los Angeles.

St. John’s Cathedral
The Guibord Center
514 W. Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, California

Produced by and featuring Yuval Ron, along with Julie Delgado, Bill Elk Whistle Neal, Dervish Aziz, Norik Man-oukian, Annie Lieberman, Bassem Al Rashidi, Maya G, Joselyn Wilkinson and Katyanna Zoroghlian. In lieu of an admission fee, please bring a gift card from your favorite budget supply or grocery store (e.g. Target, Costco, Ralphs) to be donated to the homeless and hungry of Los Angeles.
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Sunday, October 20 | 3:30pm & 7:00pm
5:30pm Indian Banquet

$33 matinee | $48 evening | $18 banquet

The Seven Pillars Journey of Wisdom
Introducing the “transformance:” an immersive, participatory experience

The Vortex Immersion Dome
Los Angeles Center Studios
1201 West 5th Street, Los Angeles, California

The Seven Pillars Journey of Wisdom is a unique way to experience the layers of our lives through deepening stages of embodiment,  transcendence and engagement. Immersed in live music, visual imagery,  performance and ritual, we’ll move through and share widening circles of our outer and inner worlds.
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Monday, October 21 | 7:00pm | FREE

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
A talk by Sufi mystic, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

USC, University Park Campus
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, California

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, founder of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom and head of the Sufi Order International, will share his vision of The Seven Pillars, and how they can help us respond to the call of our time with integrity and beauty. This one hour talk will be followed by a dialogue with Varun Soni, Dean of Religious Life as USC, and a reception, sale and book signing of Pir Zia’s recent book, Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity and the Mystical Quest.
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