Artists Embassy International welcomes you to the 26th Dancing Poetry Festival
Dancing Poetry Festival
September 28, 2019, Noon to 4:00 John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
in the Palace of the Legion of HonorMuseum, San Francisco Ca. 94121
Produced by Artists Embassy International
Hosted by Richard and Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company
Souvenir Program editor Judy Hardin Cheung
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DANCING POETRY FESTIVAL PROGRAM, 2019
Welcome to Artists Embassy International’s 26th annual Dancing Poetry Festival dedicated to
“furthering inter-cultural understanding and peace through the universal language of the arts”
AEI is an all volunteer non-profit arts organization founded in 1951.
Welcome by Master of Ceremonies Raoul Epling
Pageantry of Masks - Mirror Mask Memory: Poem by Natica Angilly, danced by Natica and Richard Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company: Cindy Levinson, Wanda Ingmire, Alyza Lee Salomon, Takako Miyashita, Shantee Baker, Kismet; original music by David Merritt; Masks by Alisha Rodrigues.
Prize Winning Poets:
Denise Lapachet Barney, Pinole, CA; Fire/Ash
Patricia Doyne, Hayward, CA; Oakland Giraffes
Karen Pierce Gonzalez, Rohnert Park, CA; Rural Oaxacan Math
Stan Morner, Walnut Creek, CA; A Buddhist Nun’s Silent Dance
Voice: Richard and Natica Angilly as The Poet and The Dancer
You’re There: Richard Angilly and Loywanner Haddadou
Prize Winning Poets
Claire J. Baker, Pinole, CA; Dancing with Mirrors
Lilija Valis, Vancouver, BC, Canada; No Money
Johanna Ely, Benicia, CA; Transmigration
Tanya Joyce, Emeryville, CA; While Johanna is Reading
1001 Amazements: written and read by Natica Angilly, performed by The Poetic Dance Theater Company: Cindy Levinson, Wanda Ingmire, Alyza Lee Salomon, Ronda Hollie, Takako Miyashita, Shantee Baker, Kismet
Prize Winning Poets
Renee Meador, Big Horn, WY; Spirit of the Time
Phyllis Meshulam, Sebastopol, CA; One Boy Who Cried
Hallelujah: poem by Leonard Cohen, performed by Ronda Hollie's The Words and The Wings featuring Ronda Hollie
Prize Winning Poets
Kay Renz, Santa Rosa, CA; Sowing Eternity
Garrett Murphy, Oakland, CA; No Arts Allowed
Constantina Clark, Green Fork, IN, Railroad
Hidden: written and read by Tatseena, performed by Tatseena and the Serpent Sirens: Carolyn Conti, Corrine Kahler, Kristi Lynn, Tonya Spilman, Christine Thompson, and Anne Wong.
Lotus in the Depth: poem by Judy Hardin Cheung, costume and choreography performed by Alisha Rodrigues,
read by Natica Angilly.
GRAND PRIZE, How To Love Your Neighbor by author Constantina Clark, Green Fork, IN
Performance reading by Wanda Ingmire, performed by Poetic Dance Theater Company: Ronda Hollie,
Alyza Lee Salomon, Shantee Baker, Takako Miyashita, Kismet
10 MINUTE INTERVAL
Photos of the 2019 Dancing Poetry Festival were taken by George Hollie and Irma Garcia. Supplimental photos by Ken Peterson. Photos were selected and edited by Judy Hardin Cheung.
George Hollie, Photographer
Irma Garcia, Photographer
Our Master of Ceremonies for the Dancing Poetry Festival is Raoul Epling with his change of tuxedos for every act. Each of his tuxedos is designed especially for Raoul by Akira of Japan.
Our program opened with "Pageantry of Masks--Mirror Mask Memory; Poem by Natica Angilly, danced by Natica and Richard Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company with original music by David Merritt, masks by Alisha Rodrigues.
Kismet and the reflection of Kismet.
Natica Angilly wrote and read the poem. Takako Miyashita was one of the dancers reflecting their lives in the mirrors and masks of the dance.
Denise Lapachet Barney, Pinole, CA, reads "Fire/Ash"
Patricia Doyne, Hayward, CA, read her poem "Oakland Giraffes."
Karen Pierce Gonzalez, Rohnert Park, CA, read "Rural Oaxacan Math."
Stan Morner, Walnut Creek, CA, read "A Buddhist's Nun's Silent Dance."
The poet helps the dancer mount her pedistal
Natica Angilly, the dancer with the Poet and the Dancer. Natica is also artistic director of the Dancing Poetry Festival, president of Artists Embassy International, on the board of directors of Alameda Island Poets, vice president of United Poets Laureate International, and member of various dance, poetry, art and literary groups.
Richard Angilly, poet of the Poet and the Dancer. Richard is treasurer of the Dancing Poetry Festival, Natica and Richard Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company, and Artists Embassy International. Richard is also president of Ina Coolbrith Circle, California's oldest large poetry organization. It was founded by the 1st poet laureate of California, Ina Coolbrigh. Some early members included Mark Twain and Bret Hart.
The Poet and the Dancer Performing "Voice" by Richard Angilly
Loywanner Haddadou dances to Richard Angilly's "You're There."
Loywanner Haddadou and Richard Angilly
"You're There" performed by Loywanner Haddadou
Claire J. Baker read "Dancing With Mirrors."
Lilija Valis, Vancouver, BC, Canada, reads her prize winning "No Money."
Johanna Ely, Benicia, CA, reads "Transmigration."
Tanya Joyce, Emeryville, CA, with her "While Johanna is Reading," immediately following the poem written and read by Johanna Ely for whom the poem was written.
"1001" Amazement" written and read by Natica Angilly
Wanda Ingmire struts her stuff, Scheherazade style
Cindy Levinson and Takako Miyashita add to the fantasy.
Renee Meador, Big Horn, WY, read her "Spirit of the Time."
Phyllis Meshalum, Sebastopol, CA, read her "One Boy Who Cried."
Ronda Hollie performing "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen.
Ronda Hollie performing with Isis Wings, a versatile costume device, a beautiful way to express exaltation and praise.
Ronda Hollie, in addition to doing solo work, also leads The Words and The Wings praise dance troupe.
Natica and Richard thank Ronda, framed by her magnificent wings.
Kay Renz, Santa Rosa, CA, with "Sowing Eternity"
Garrett Murphy, Oakland, CA, read his poem, "No Arts Allowed
Constantina Clark reads her poem, "Railroad."
"Hidden" written, read and choreographed by Tatseena
Two busy women that are "Hidden"
Hidden performed by Tatseena and the Serpent Sirens
Alisha Rodrigues performs "Lotus in the Depth, a poem by Judy Hardin Cheung
costumed by Alisha Rodrigues
"Lotus in the Depth" performed, choreographed, costumed by Alisha Rodrigues
Constantina Clark read her Grand Prize Poem, "How To Love Your Neighbor," then received her prize from Contest Chair and AEI VP Judy Hardin Cheung
"How To Love Your Neighbor by Constantina Cloark, Green Fork, IN, performed by Natica and Richard Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company.
Ronda Hollie and Takako Myashita in "How To Love Your Neighbor" by Constantina Clark, Green Forks, IN
Kismet with veil in "How To Love Your Neighbor"
Constantina Clark takes her on stage bow with the dancers