September 14, 2013, Noon to 4:00, Florence Gould Theater in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor Art Museum. Produced by Artists Embassy International. Hosted by Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company
In Celebration of the Life of Mr. Benjamin R. Yuzon, M.E.
Our Dancing Poetry Festival this year was dedicated to the life of Mr. Benjamin R. Yuzon, M.E., president of United Poets Laureate International. Ben passed on September 8, 2013, after a long bout of cancer. Ben and UPLI is well known to AEI and the Dancing Poetry Festival. It is with UPLI that NAPDTC was able to dance around the world at many World Congresses of Poetry. Ben was also an honored guest many times here at the Dancing Poetry Festival, at our Alameda performances in January and our Multi-Cultural Poetry Readings in August. Ben will always be near to our hearts. With each celebration of sharing understanding and brotherhood through poetry, Ben will still be with us in spirit, thought and inspiration. Our sincerest condolences go out to his wife, Pilar, and his children, his brothers and all of his extended family.
All photos taken by George Hollie and Judy Hardin Cheung
Selected and edited by Judy Hardin Cheung
Our afternoon opened with a greeting, announcements and introductions by our sparkeling Master of Ceremonies, Raoul Epling
Our opening number was You're There", a poem written by Richard Angilly and danced by Natica Angilly as the Poet and the Dancer
Natica Angilly in "You're There"
"We Who Are Luminous," poem written and read by Mary Rudge, 1st Poet Laureate of the City of Alameda, danced by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company
Two charter members of Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company are Wanda Ingmire (L) and Sarahann Lum (R). Sarah is currently our only active charter member of Artists Embassy International, the sponsoring organization of the Dancing Poetry Festival.
Mary Rudge, (L) took a stage bow with Natica Angilly. "We Who Are Luminous" was one of the poems performed at the 1st Annual Dancing Poetry Festival, then held in Lincoln University when it was in San Francisco. Today we celebrated Mary, her poem and our 20 years of combining poetry and dance as a unified art form.
"Masks of Wisdom" is another favorite of NAPDTC. This year, we incorporated the art of Tanya Joyce called ""Nile Dawn"
NAPDTC performing "Masks of Wisdom," a poem by Richard Angilly.
Tanya Joyce takes a bow with the dancers, in front of her art at the end of the dance .
"Passion's Lament" by Ann Bailey, danced by The New Dance Company, Directed by Lisa Rie.
"Passion's Lament performed by The New Dance Company
The New Dance Company with "Passion's Lament"
Andrea Bates, Wilmington, NC, reads her Grand Prize Winning poem, "Crone"s Pantoum."
"Crone's Pantoum" by Andrea Bates, Wilmington, NC, performed by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company. For text of poem and more photos, please click on tab for "Crone's Pantoum."
Andrea Bates takes an on stage bow with the dancers after the performance
Redwood Empire Chinese Association Intermediate Dancers presented "Ancient Air" by Li Po (701-762 CE)
RECA Intermediate Dancers performing Li Po's "Ancient Air"
RECA with Li Po's "Ancient Air"
RECA with Li Po's "Ancient Air"
Lucille Lang Day, Oakland, CA, reads her poem, "Water Lilies"
Lorraine Walker Williams, Sanibel, FL, reads her poem, "Woman in Black"
Claire J. Baker, Pinole, CA, reads her poem, "Dancing, with Swords"
"To Die of Joy in the River, by Nina Serrano, Danced by Dance Generators
Dance Generators with "To Die of Joy in the River by Nina Serrano
Erik Rotman and Nina Serrano in "To Die of Joy in the River performed by Dance Generators
"The Irish Girls" written by Mary Rudge (R), read by Mary and her daughter, Diana Rudge (L)
"The Irish Girls" performed by Dancers of the Pharoah
"The Irish Girls" performed by Dancers of the Pharoahs
"The Irish Girls" performed by Dancers of the Pharoahs, written by Mary Rudge
"Vincent If You Only Knew" written and read by Mrgorie Wagner, danced by Lois Flood
"Vincent If You Only Knew" performed by Lois Flood
Marjorie Wagner (L) Lois Flood (R)
Joanne M. Clarkson, Olympia, WA reads her "Icarus' Sister
Garrett Murphy, Oakland, CA reads his "The Lady Will Not Vanish"
Clover Catskill read "Voice Calls" for ZijiBeth Gorin of Hadley, MA
Jan Dederick, El Cerrito, CA, reads her Grand Prize Poem, "Out of Temper, Out of Tune"
Jan Dederick's "Out of Temper, Out of Tune" performed by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company. To read the poem and see more photos, please click on the tab "Out of Temper, Out of Tune"
Jan Dederick takes an on stage bow with the dancers after the performance
The designer of MC Raoul Epling's different tuxedo for every act was introduced and stood for recognition.
During intermission, as well as before and after the performance, people are encouraged to meet and greet each other as and to congratulate the prize winners.