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Friday, January 20, 2012

A Vietnam War Battle And Protest, Recreated In Dance

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In his 2003 book, ‘They Marched Into Sunlight,” author David Maraniss told the story of two events that happened on October 17, 1967– A battle in Vietnam and a protest against the war at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Maraniss takes the reader on a journey to the battlefields of war and peace, while examining questions about the meaning of dissent and the manipulation of truth.

When the Iraq war started New York-based choreographer Robin Becker was looking for a way to express her unease with the war, and she turned to Maraniss’s book for inspiration.

The result is “Into Sunlight,” a dance piece that will be performed Friday and Saturday at Georgetown University’s Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre.

Here and Now‘s Robin Young talked with Becker, Maraniss, dancers and Vietnam vets about how the performance affected them.

 


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