September 15, 2018, Noon to 4:00 pmPalace of the Legion of HonorMuseum'sJohn A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater,San FranciscoCA94121Produced by Artists Embassy InternationalHosted by Richard and Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater CompanySouvenir Program editor Judy Hardin CheungIn Remembrance of Shukriya (Shirley) Devine, Maria Kaplan, Harriet Moore, and S.F. Mayor Ed LeeThe Dancing Poetry Festival, 2018, is presented by Artists Embassy International, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt arts organization dedicated to furthering peace and understanding through the universal language of the arts. The Dancing Poetry Festival of moving poetic ideas and annual worldwide poetry search thanks you for helping us to continue our outreach arts programs and this unique arts activity.Thank you for helping to celebrate our 25th year Silver Anniversary!Your support is greatly appreciated.
Our festivities began with MC Raoul Epling in a sparkling silver tuxedo to honor the 25th Anniversary of the Dancing Poetry Festival.
Our welcome included an introduction of the Artists Embassy International Board of Directors. AEI is the parent organization for the Dancing Poetry Festival and Poetry Contest and for Natica and Richard Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company. (L_R): 3rd VP Judy Hardin Cheung, 1st VP Arthur Chang, Secretary Cindy Levinson, 2nd VP Alisha Rodrigues, President Natica Angilly, Treasurer Richard Angilly.
Our first act was "Delighting in Laudable Light, a poem written and read by Natica and danced by the Poetic Dance Theater Company (PDTC) including dancers Cindy Levinson, Wanda Ingmire, Nancy Merritt, Ronda Hollie, Alyza Lee Salomon, Takako Miyashita, Shantee Baker. Original music was composed and played by David Merritt
"Delighting in Laudable Light" crescendoed into a glorious display of sound and color.
Maurine Killough, San Mateo, CA, read her prize winning poem, "Matryoshka Dream" as MC Raoul Epling listens attentively.
Christopher Giovanccini, Sonoma, CA, read his "Hanging Clothes with Maya," a tribute to Maya Angelou when she lived in the town of Sonoma.
Suzanne Bruce, Fairfield, CA, receives her awards from Judy Cheung after reading her "Tsalagi."
Wind Music, by PDTC wafted like fresh zephyrs and swirled like a storm while Richard Angilly read the poem he wrote of the same name.
Aliza Lee Salomon is as ephemeral as a breeze behind her gossamer veil
As all filled the stage, they looked like breezes frolicking on during a spring dawn.
Kay Renz, Santa Rosa, CA, won with "Ode to Those Who Came After the Quake" won a prize. At the last minute, she could not attend, so Judy Cheung read it for her.
Garrett Murphy, Oakland, CA, read his prize winning poem, "Mirror Image."
Le Pham Le, Antioch, CA, won with "Snowstorm." She could not attend, so it was read by Tanya Joyce.
"Last Call" was written, read and choreographed by Tatseena.
Intriguing moves and poses filled this piece.
Captivating poetry set to unexpected motion and poses had everyone riveted.
Natica Angilly announced the book launching of her new book, "The Art of Awe II and the Power of Your Creative Spirit" to be on sale for the first time anywhere on stage during intermission.
Jan Dederick and John Rowe stand to acknowledge the acknowledgement of Bay Area Poets Coalition as an organization that compliments and fulfills the goals of Artists Embassy International. Other organizations acknowledged with members standing for recognition were National League of American Pen Women, Alameda Island Poets, Poets of the Vineyards, Ina Coolbrith Circle, Benicia Poets and United Poets Laureate International.
Charlotte Severin was awarded for her achievements in San Francisco Bay Area painting.
Elizabeth Hack was honored for her achievements in painting, poetry and publishing.
Tanya Joyce received an award for her many contributions of art, especially for her melding of genres with her painting the capes used in many productions including "Circles of Light" in this and many other performances.
Natica and Richard Angilly perform "Organic Music" as the Poet and the Dancer, the act that has sealed their marriage to each other and to the arts.
Katy Brown, Davis, CA, reads her poem, "Runes of Migration."
Marianne Mersereau, Lake Forest, WA, reads her "Song of Miriam."
Alisha performs to Richard Angilly's poem, "Goddess of Avebury in a dance of a duet of poems about Avebury, England, a forerunner of Stonehenge.
Alisha Rodrigues performs to Tanya Joyce's, "Avebury Awaiting" as Tanya reads the poem she wrote.
Claire J. Baker reads her grand prize winning poem, "Shadow Dance."
"...instantaneous outlines / get charismatic, / shadows inventing / their own choreography--..."
"Under spotlights on a stage / or bright sun in San Francisco / or Barcelona, a shadow's / talent for spontaneity is a masterpiece of mimicry and timing!
Claire J. Baker accepts her award and congratulations from Richard Angilly during her on stage bow with the dance troupe.
Akira of Tokyo was introduced. He is the taylor who custom makes all of the MC's tuxedos.
Intermission was a time to stretch legs, read the program, meet the poets who have read or chat with friends, both new and old.