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Dancing Poetry Festival
Presented on a most glorious stage
in a famous art museum
brought into motion
by local and international troupes
and innovative solos
Photo by Carl Sermon
Dancing Poetry Festival
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Noon to 4:00 p.m.
3 Grand Prize winning poems danced
More than 10 additional
International poetry/dance acts
More than 30 prize winning poets
Invited to read
Add Light to Your Life
At the Dancing Poetry Festival, 2009
Where can we find a life-line of light and a pathway to hope in our world emerging from darkness? Poets, artists and musicians come together in a blending of arts, culture and social path-finding to open doors and clear the overgrowth that has blocked our way. We search for what is our reality, what can be our dreams, how can we achieve our aspirations. Join us in seeking answers while being entertained in an afternoon of glorious art.
Join Natica Angilly and the Poetic Dance Theater Company in their presentation of the 16th Annual Dancing Poetry Festival in the beautiful Florence Gould Theater of the CaliforniaPalace of the Legion of Honor Art Museum in San Francisco’s scenic Lincoln Park, Noon to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 26, 2009.
Silence of the Song by Janice P. Egry, Verbank, NY, one of three 2008 Grand Prize Winners. Photo by Judy Hardin Cheung
World Congress of Poets, Managua, Nicaragua
Artists Embassy International was proud to send a contingency of poets and dancers to the United Poets Laureate International’s 21st World Congress of Poets held at the Camino Real Hotel in Managua, Nicaragua, on July 16-20, 2009, hosted by Pensarte of Nicaragua.Poets were acknowledged by governmental officials, were on local and national television, written about in local and national newspapers. Now, it is our turn to advertise the wonderful welcome and hospitality we experienced from our hosts in Nicaragua.
Approximately each two years, UPLI has a World Congress of Poets. In 2007, it was in Montgomery, Alabama; in 2005, Tai An and Beijing, China; 2004, Plainview, Texas; 2002, Bangkok, Thailand; 2000, Angeles City, Philippines; 1997, High Wycombe, England, etc. We hope to see more of you in 2011 in Greece.
Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company was requested as the Congress’s gift to the Nicaraguan people in all the towns we visited.
In Managua, they opened the Congress with a 20 minute performance including Richard Angilly’s Poets of the Call.
In Diriamba, a 2 ½ hour bus trip from Managua, NAPDTC danced Poet’s Sunrise to a full house and received a standing ovation. Later, certificates of merit were given to many poets including AEI’s Richard and Natica Angilly, Judy Hardin Cheung, and Benjamin R. Yuzon.
The spectacular theater in Leon, Nicaragua, provided professional lighting as well as a grand stage, dressing rooms and a huge auditorium.
While in Leon we also visited the ancient Cathedral, one of the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, plus the gravesite and the home of Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío.
After their final performance of Jellyfish by Lucille Lang Day, a grand prize winning poem from the 2008 Dancing Poetry Contest, many world poets from the audience rushed up to take a group photo with the dancers.Photos by Kay Renz, composite by Judy Hardin Cheung
International poets were also treated to Nicaraguan dances including this Güegüense dance in Diriamba, hometown of our 21st World Congress of Poets President, Carlos Gutierrez
In addition to formalities, we had many opportunities to chat with other poets from our area and around the world. This is one of the first dinners informally held in the main restaurant of Hotel Camino Real, Managua.
Poets and dancers all received diplomas of recognition from Daisi Torres Bosques.
Judy Cheung was pleased to receive hers.
Photo by Kay Renz
Everyone had a chance to read poetry. Here, Sarahanne Lum reads a favorite while Aya Yuki of Japan and Wanda Ingmire of California listen attentively.
As with this lunch, most events were covered on TV and newspapers. Judy Cheung gave a TV interview in Spanish.
The AEI delegation poses in front of the monument dedicated to Nicaraguan poet Rubén Darío in front of the Rubén Darío Theater, Managua, Nicaragua
Mary Rudge, Poet Laureate of Alameda, CA, brings official greetings and best wishes for the congress from U.S. Congressman Pete Stark andMayor of Alameda, Beverly Johnson.
In the spirit of Althya Youngman, AEI founder, the Congress visited a school. The children of Diriamba performed dance and poetry, International poets read, NAPDTC danced, then poets of Diriamba read. Later, the mayor and other officials gave certificates of recognition to leaders of the Congress including Richard, Natica and Judy Cheung.
UPLI President Benjamin R. Yuzon and his wife, Pilar, take a few minutes out from official duties to visit the resident parrots.
Hey Cindy, with heat and humidity over 95, how do you stay so cool and beautiful?
We saw many exciting sites and scenes of local living in our adventurous travels, like this market in Diriamba, Nicaragua.
We even had some time before and after the Congress to lounge by the luxurious pool, under the thatched umbrellas, with tables wired for internet service.
Bernard (Brad) Bradley, a long time AEI member passed on April 30, 2009, after a long series of illnesses.
Brad was well known for his poetry and world renown for his exquisite glass art. His stained glass window pieces, mosaic framed mirror painting, painted glass art, and many other genre of art were the outpouring of an interesting and involved artist.Brad was known as a man who loved beauty.
Brad lived his last years in El Cerito, CA, with his beloved dogs. (He often claimed to be a dog, himself.)His many friends and acquaintances valued Brad’s intelligently articulated points of view and his quick, subtle humor. Brad was born in Poland, spent his later childhood and teen years traveling in Europe, learned to speak 18 languages then had a quiet, older adulthood in the United States as an artist and a scholar. During retirement, Brad used his knowledge, ability and contacts for spreading his art which portrays a world of divergent unity, uplifting themes of universal understanding and a world that, despite its obvious flaws, might someday emerge into a world that we would be proud and happy to live in. Brad’s advice and council was sought after and respected by many artists. Brad’s work has been shown throughout the USA and Europe. He was considered a down-to-earth portrayer of light and beauty. We will miss you, Brad.
Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading
Please mark your calendars for August 8, 2009. From Noon to 4:00, poets will gather for a multi-Cultural, multi-lingual poetry reading and inter-ethnic pot luck lunch at the Redwood Empire Chinese Association Multi-Cultural Center, 4544 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, CA. Bring a dish to share, lots of poetry to read and your poet family and friends.
For RSVP and additional information, please contact Judy Cheung at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-528-0912.
WOW! Art Exhibitions for AEI
Be sure to visit Cafe Arrivederci in San Rafael and see the art exhibitions of AEI and other bay area artists.Check the calendar below the address block of this Newsletter to find the times and dates for the next few months. Exhibitions are discussed at Monday night salons For reservations, please call Angar Mora at 415-492-8870.
Angar Mora and Cafe Arrivederci are among the most valuable supporters fordisplaying AEI art and poetry.
Selected upcoming events presentedorparticipated in by AEI
for RSVP and information on any listed event, contact AEI at email@example.com or510-235-0361
August 8: Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading and Pot Luck, Redwood Empire Chinese Association, Santa Rosa, CA, Noon to 4:00
August 29: China Camp State Park Heritage Day cultural entertainment and historical sites, Marin County, CA
September 20: Racial Equality Week Festival, Santa Rosa, CA, multi-cultural entertainment, multi-cultural food
September 26: Dancing Poetry Festival, CaliforniaPalace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA, Noon to 4:00 p.m.
October 9-Nov.20: AEI Group Exhibit in Cafe Arrivederci focusing on the 21st World Congress of Poets in Nicaragua
October 12-18: Rakkasah East Ukrainian Hall, Somerset, NJ.Natica teaches and dances.Festival and Bazaar 16-18th.
October 26, 5:30-9:00:Judy Cheung speaks about art and poetry relating to the 21st World Congress of Poets in Nicaragua
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