Artists Embassy International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting intercultural understanding and peace through the universal language of the arts. Founded by Althya Youngman in 1951, AEI has continuously promoted individual and group artists working in many media, offered venues, publication opportunities, poetry contest, prizes, festivals, conferences, classes, exhibitions and many other opportunities for the promotion of artists and their work throughout the United States and the world. Membership dues, $30 per year, include quarterly newsletters, advertisements of events, opportunities and contacts for international events and reports on your personal artistic work. Send dues, newsletter articles and information to AEI for inclusion in the next publication.
Photos by Judy Hardin Cheung unless otherwise stated
Dancing Poetry Contest Has Closed
Submissions accepted January 1-May 15 (postmark date) totaled 662 Poems
From 37 states and 7 different countries
Results will be posted no later than August 1, 2013
Goddess 2U performs at the 2012 Dancing Poetry Festival
Dance Proposals Are Still Being Accepted
In addition to prize winning poetry and dances by Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company, there are always 10-15 additional dance troupes and solos performing poetry and dance as a unified art form. To be invited, please send in a proposal for consideration of the programming committee. Application requirements are on our website, www.dancingpoetry.com, under “Dance Proposals.”
Artists Embassy International’s
Classes, Talks and Workshops,
So far in 2013
AEI offers many events, opportunities, classes, talks and workshops for members and the public. Foremost, are Natica Angilly’s weekly dance classes at Sportsman Hall, Pinole, CA, each Thursday evening. Natica teaches elements of Poetic Dance and prepares the Poetic Dance Theater Company for their various performances in California, New Jersey, and around the world. In 2011, the Extended Poetic Dance Theater Company performed in Larissa, Greece. In March, 2014, they are scheduled to perform in Osaka, Japan. Natica is always looking for experienced dancers to join her troupe and to share the enjoyment of a variety of performance opportunities. To learn more about how to join, please contact Natica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shukriya, Shirley DeVine, teaches all levels at different hours on Monday and Thursday evenings at Sportsman Hall, Pinole, CA. Shukriya is the artistic director of Dancers of the Pharoahs and also the artistic director of Rakkasah Middle Eastern Dance Festival and Bazaar which occurs each March in Richmond, CA, and each October in Somerset, NJ. Dancers of the Pharoahs and Natica Angilly’s Poetic Dance Theater Company join together for various performances, including traveling overseas as the Extended Poetic Dance Theater Company. To find more information about these classes, and about Rakkasah, please contact Shukriya through www.rakkasah.com.
In addition, there are many dance classes in conjunction with other events, such as incorporated into the three workshops AEI had as part of our JanuaryAlamedaArt Museum exhibit, and sometimes at the Monthly Night Salons for Your Imagination, WOW! when Natica is the presenter. And various other venues as opportunities are offered.
Natica (2nd from Left) teaches elements of Poetic Dance that can be used with props such as the tambourine. This session was part of one of the workshops put on by AEI at the AlamedaArt Museum during our January exhibit.
Another portion of the three January Workshops at the AlamedaArt Museum, was an exercise in liberating one’s creative endeavourers. Led by Tanya Joyce, (above, far Left) we all had the opportunity to put ourselves into a box with recognition of the dilemma, then to step out of the box. It is usually easier to be creative and original when the artist learns to recognize their own limitations and self-imposed barriers, then learns to step out of their restrictions. This was a fun exercise that began quite sedately, but soon grew to be exuberant and expressive. Some stepped, some danced and some exuberantly jumped into and out of the box. Natica held the box so it would be stable and not cause any accidents. Although we had all heard the phrase before, physically getting out of the box was a very liberating exercise.
Tanya Joyce (far right) has a portable labyrinth that she is willing to share with whoever would like to have the experience. At Alameda, she had it on the wall as part of her art display. She is planning to bring it to the Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading in Santa Rosa on August 10. People will be able to use it during the first part of the afternoon, before the poetry readings. She has also had it as part of her presentations at Cafe Arrivederci’s Salons for Your Imagination, WOW! in San Rafael, CA, and at the PinoleArtGallery in Pinole, CA.
Tanya also gives talks on art, poetry, Taro cards, and many subjects relating to intercultural spiritual and archetypal beliefs.
To book Tanya and her portable labyrinth, or to have her talk on one of her many additional topics of expertise, please contact her at email@example.com.
Many AEI members present at Cafe Arrivederci’s Monday Night Salon’s for Your Imagination, WOW!, in San Rafael, CA. The Salons, run by host Angar Mora, features a visual artist (usually one of the artists displaying in the 7 gallery sections of Cafe Arrivederci, or in one of the two gallery areas of Ristorante Aurora in Novato, CA), and a performing artist (frequently a poet.) On May 20, Judy gave a talk entitled Celebrate Joy. That is also the title of her art exhibit in the background which is on display until June 13, then will be moved to Ristorante Aurora for 6 week.. She talked about aspects and concepts of joy with extensive question, answer and comment time. To find out more about presenting or attending the Monday Night Salons, please call Angar Mora at 415-492-8870.
Cafe Arrivederci offers 7 art gallery venues. Judy Cheung and Natica Angilly share the little dining room for part of May and June. Judy (L) has framed photos on the theme, Celebrate Joy. Natica has an ongoing display of masks, tambourines and paintings that lead the observer into contemplations of geometrics, abstractions and levels of depth, all relating to concepts of poetry and dance.
Many AEI members present their art and poetry at Cafe Arrivederci in San Rafael, CA, and Ristorante Aurora in Novato, CA. To find how you can participate, or to make reservations for the Monday Night Salons for Your Imagination, WOW! please call Angar Mora at 415-492-8870.
Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember
Sponsored by AEI or endorsed by AEI with AEI members in leadership roles
For further information and additional activities, please contact Natica at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.dancingpoetry.com.
June 1: Deadline for dance proposals for the Dancing Poetry Festival. For more information, please visit our website or contact Natica at 510-235-0361 or email@example.com
August 10: Noon to 4 pm, Multi-Cultural Poetry Reading and Pot Luck Lunch at the Redwood Empire Chinese Association at 3455 Sebastopol, CA, 95407. For further information and RSVP please contact Judy Cheung at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 14: Noon to 4 pm, Dancing Poetry Festival at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor Art Museum, San Francisco, CA. For more information, please visit our website. To purchase tickets, please contact Natica at email@example.com.
October : Rakkasah Middle Eastern Dance Festival and Bazaar, Ukrankan Hall, SomersetNew Jersey
December: date, time location TBA, AEI board meeting and Christmas Party
March 25-29: Osaka, Japan, World Congress of Poets. For more information, please visit www.upli-wcp.org.
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