Artists Embassy International and the Dancing Poetry Festival lost two dear friends during the past year. Our afternoon is dedicated to them both.
The 2012 Dancing Poetry Performances are dedicated to Bob Rodrigues, 1932-2012 Bob was a long-time member of Artists Embassy International and Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company. Bob danced around the world performing poetic dance in Italy, Hungary, Taiwan, England and across the USA. He is a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. We miss him tremendously.
The 2012 Dancing Poetry Festival is dedicated to Dr. Guo I Lee, 1909-2012. Dr. Lee was the mother of our esteemed member, Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan. Dr. Guo I Lee was given the poetic title of Mother of the World. She was crowned International Poet, Laureate Woman of Letters by United Poets Laureate International in 2005 on the Great Wall of China.
Welcome: Raoul Epling, Master of Ceremonies, assisted by Judy Cheung, Dancing Poetry Contest Chairperson
and Vice President of Artists Embassy International.
The Redwood Empire Chinese Association’s Teen Cultural Dancers, Santa Rosa, CA,
Compilation of Classical Chinese Poems: Far, Faraway, Steep Mountain Paths by Shih Te (date Uncertain,
Translated by James M. Hargett); Waterfall at Lu-shan by Li Po (701-762); O-Mei Mountain Moon, author unknown;
To the Tune: The Wine Spring by Li Hsun (855-930)
Read by Judy Elliott, Artistic Director: Judy Elliott
(Due to ourshort intermission time, when you leave and re-enter, please do so during applause. Thank you.)
Photos were taken by Judy Hardin Cheung and George Hollie.
Raoul Epling is our magnificent, witty, sparkeling MC leading us through the afternoon and keeping the show lively and enjoyable,
Judy Hardin Cheung is Raoul's assistant for handing out the prize envelopes, answering questions and greeting guests. She is also the contest chair for the Dancing Poetry Contest.
The show opened with a spectacular dance by the Redwood Empire Chinese Association Teen Cultural Dancers performing to a compilation of classical Chinese poems.
Suparna Ghosh from Toronto, Canada, and India wrote the first Grand Prize poem to be performed this afternoon. She read "The Dance of the Goddess" at the podium before it was danced. For text of this poem, please look on the tab "Dance of the Goddess" under DPF 2012..."
"The Goddess" was danced by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company and read by Richard Angilly during the performance. To read the poem and for more photos, please check "The Goddess" tab on this website.
Suparna Ghosh takes her on-stage bow with the dancers.
Elizabeth Norris, Alameda, CA, read her poem, "Tabula Rasa."
Tanya Joyce read "Black Autumn" for Regina Murray Brault from Burlington, VT.
Helene Knox, Oakland, CA, read "Two Poets."
Cindy Levinson read "Colors" by Beth Goren, Hadley, MA
Mary Eastam, San Jose, CA, read her "Points of Love."
Goddesses of Grace performed "Welcoming the New Born by Cathy Dana, danced by Ishtar.
Artists Embassy International Life Time Achievement Award was given to scuptor Harriet Moore. Harriet has work in many places. She created "St. Francis as a Leaf Dancing in the Wind" which was donated to the City of Assisi, Italy. Currently, her marble sculpture of Hygia, the Godde3ss of Healing, will soon be reinstalled at the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco.
The New Dance Company, Stockton, CA, performed "Leaf and Wing." by Ann Bailey, choreographed by Director, Lisa Rie.
Wanda Ingmire performed "Dancing in the Light, by Bob Rodrigues, read by Natica Angilly.
Alisha Rodrigues, widow of Bob Rodrigues, accepted a Memorium Poetic Dance & Poetry Award from AEI. Bob was a long-time member of AEI and NAPDTC dance troupe. He is tremendously missed. Our condolences to his wife and family.
Carol Frith, Sacramento, CA, read her "Beginning and Ending an Assignment in Logical Thought."
Laverne Frith, Sacramento, CA, read his Beneath a Moon in China."
Cathy Dana, Alameda, CA, read her "Genuinely Wild Woman."
Niem Dang read "Paroles d'Amour/Words of Love" for Tuy Nga Brignol, Ris Orangis, France.
The Redwood Empire Chinese Association Young Cultural Dancers performed the "Mongolian Handkerchief Dance."
Julia Montond, Berkeley, CA, read her "Dancing into Dark."
Beth Kamienieki read her Aunt Marion Younquist's from Wauwatosa, WI, "Argentine Tango."
Claire J. Baker read her Grand Prize winning poem, "Dancing with Tambourines." For text of this poem and additional photos, please go to the tab "Dancing With Tambourines."
Claire J. Baker's "Dancing With Tambourines" was performed by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company, read during performance by Richard Angilly.
Claire J. Baker's on-stage bow with Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company
We had a nearly full house of enthusiastic audience.
Intermission, as well as before and after the program, offers time to chat with old and new friends. Ruth Schuler (C) and Suparna Ghosh (R) knew each other's work from publishing in the same poetry magazine in India. They were old friends who met at the Dancing Poetry Festival for the first time. (L) Barbara Wilson, Ruth's sister was also happy to meet Suparna. Ruth, Barbara and Suparna were all prize winners in 2012.