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The AlamedaMuseum, 2324 Alameda Avenue, Alameda, CA, 94501
January 21 was one of Artists Embassy International’s two most important days in poetry presentation. It combined poetry with dance, poetry with art and poetry with music, networking, socializing, eating marvelous food and just having fun. AEI with President Natica Angilly, Vice President Judy Hardin Cheung, Treasurer Richard Angilly plus about 65 others joined together for this gala event. Also in attendance was a poet/artist who was born in India and now lives most of the time in Toronto, Canada, Suparna Ghosh was thrilled to have this international opportunity to read her poetry. She also had some pieces of her art displayed on the wall. Because she had to ship them, they were small, but very well appreciated. We met Suparna in Greece at the World Congress of Poets this past summer. Suparna said she really enjoyed the event. She was also amazed at all of the hustle and bustle of San Francisco’s business districts. After the event, Natica and Sarah Lum drove her to her hotel in downtown SF via Chinatown. It was the night before the big 49er’s playoff (too bad, they lost the next night) and also the night before Chinese New Year’s eve. City Hall was ablaze in red and gold lights, suitable for both big events. Alameda Island Poets and Artists Embassy International poets were the featured readers. Dances were performed by Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company, Banat el Hogar and Dancers of the Pharoahs (yes, they did swords on their heads.) Judy, Nicole and Kay did the food again, with pot luck surprises from some of the participants.
First we gathered, chatted, admired the art (Natica’s is on the front column) and enjoyed the surroundings.
There was so much to see it was overwhelming. Center front is a painting with poem in Chinese and English by Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan from China. Watching the show are dancer Mary Peterson, Japanese poet and artist Kazumi Cranney, and George Hollie, our additional photographer since Judy couldn’t take all the photos and do her food serving, announcing and ceremonial standing all at the same time. Thank you George. Tanya’s paintings are in the background. Judy’s photos are on the back of the pegboards out of sight of this pix. Also, thank you Kazumi for bringing the delicious sushi. Photos below by George Hollie
As president of AEI, Natica gave the welcoming talks helped by Poet Laureate of Alameda Mary Rudge.
Cathy Dana president of Alameda Island Poets led the reading.
Judy Hardin Cheung read a poem and later talked about her art in the gallery’s “grotto.”
Richard Angilly read solo during the poetry reading, was the primary reader during the dance performances and discussed his displayed Poetry Bytes.
Kay Renz read from her chapbook The Unexpected Pedestrian which she printed for her trip to the World Congress of Poets in Greece this past summer.
Tanya Joyce read her poetry and talked about her amazingly cheerful dancing skeletons which decorated the anchor wall of the exhibit.
Nicole Dobson Neal talked about her Meditation Sculptures and magnets.
We were thrilled by the visit of Suparna Ghosh from Toronto, Canada, originally from India. She read her poetry and talked about her art.
Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater with poet Richard Angilly opened the show with their famous Poets of theCall which has been performed in Nicaragua Greece and many times in the USA.
NAPDTC poses amid the displays of historical Alameda while Richard and Natica are busy. The historical display and gift shop are the main features of the museum. POV’s Sarah Lum is in front.
With tambourines flying, reflected on the walls by Richard’s Poetry Bytes and Natica’s painting, NAPDTC performs a lively dance to a poem written by 22nd Pres. of the WCP Dr. Dimitris Kraniotis. This dance was also performed in Greece for Dr.Kraniotis to see in July, 2011.
Amazing Masks by Claire J. Baker, Grand Prize Winner in the Dancing Poetry Festival, 2011, was danced by NAPDTC
Banat el Hogar, led by Loywanner Haddadou (R), performed a scintillating dance with zills (finger cymbals).
Two High School Poet Laureates of Alameda were crowned. Mary Rudge initiated the program now in its 3rd year. Natica, Richard and Judy helped preside as AEI board members.
The program’s exciting finale was Dancers of the Pharoahs, led by Shukiriya (back R) with swords flashing and highlighted by a background of art.
All afternoon, cameras abounded. The photo ops made each presentation literally sparkle. Glenda Barbara, videographer who put our program on Alameda TV, steps forward to talk about her art.
The social break with lots of food was part of the enjoyable afternoon.
One of the original dancers in NAPDTC is Sarah Lum.
Social time was as important as any other part of the program for networking, catching up, finding new sources for art, discussing unfamiliar media, exchanging esoteric techniques and praising each other’s work.
Calendar Highlights of Upcoming Artists Embassy International Events
For further information and additional activities, please contact Natica at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.dancingpoetry.com.
Our schedule is always having new and exciting events added to it. Don’t miss out on the fun and opportunities.
The listed events are put on by AEI or are produced by organizations that promote art and culture.
Ongoing: Visual Art Shows: Natica Angilly’s Poetic masks, tambourine intrigues and unique abstract canvases. New installations by Natica continue at Cafe Arrivederci, 11 G Street, San Rafael.
Feb. 18: Natica Angilly show of abstract canvases, masks and maybe tambourines goes into the big dining room at Café Arrividerci.
Feb. 25: Chinese New Year Celebration, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. VetsMemorialBuilding, Santa Rosa, CA. For tickets & information, contact AEI VP Judy Cheung at email@example.com & visit www.recacenter.org.
March 9 Judy Cheung’s framed photos go into the hall at Café Arrivederci.
March Rakkasah Middle Eastern Dance Festival and Bazaar. NAPDTC performs at 1:00 Saturday, Dancers of the Pharoahs perform on Sunday at 1:00. Come and visit the AEI Dancing Tambourine Booth for tambourine sales, jewelry, DVDs about how to dance and Dancing Poetry Books. Dancers of the Pharoahs also have a sales booth. Both are official Rakkasah Souvenier booths.
March 24: Poets Luncheon with reading of prize winning poems, Francesco’s Restaurant in Oakland. Theme: “Balance.”
March 26: Café Arrivederci, workshop by Judy Cheung on novelty decorations for Easter Eggs. Please call 415-492-8870 for Res.
April 28: Natica Angilly’s 3D art goes into the nooks of the Main Dining Room of Cafe Arrivederci in San Rafael, CA.
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