University of Iowa News Release
Aug. 29, 2003
Travelers Dance Company Will Animate Bell's Poetry At Festival
Photo: Marvin Bell
The Travelers Dance Company of Iowa City has been invited to the 10th Annual Dancing Poetry Festival in San Francisco to perform work inspired by the poetry of University of Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member Marvin Bell, Iowa's Poet Laureate.
The company will perform "Today, Tibet" Saturday, Oct. 4 in the Florence Gould Theater of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco's renowned fine arts museum.
Galleries Downtown, Arts Iowa City and Arts Ala Carte will co-present a benefit performance and reception 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at Galleries Downtown to raise funds that will help offset the cost of travel. In addition to a performance of "Today, Tibet," the event will include a reading and discussion by Bell. For additional information about the benefit event, contact Angie Hayes at 319-338-1360.
Travelers Dance was founded by three UI alumni -- dance graduates Angie Hayes and Judith Moessner and multimedia graduate Mark McCusker -- in collaboration with Iowa City visual artist Gene Anderson. Moessner is the marketing director for the UI Division of Performing Arts.
"Angie Hayes and Travelers have enlarged my poems," Bell says. "Their staging of my Tibet poem is all-encompassing and beautiful. They make me wish I could dance."
"Today, Tibet" is one dance from a concert-length production, "Breathing Between the Lines," which Travelers developed and premiered in 2002, using Bell's poetry and visuals by Anderson. The dance work uses Bell's poem "Sounds of the Resurrected Dead Man's Footsteps (#12)," which has two parts -- "Today, Tibet" and "Tomorrow, Tibet."
The original production was supported with funds from the Iowa Arts Council.
The Dancing Poetry Festival is staged by Artists Embassy International and Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company. In her letter inviting Travelers Dance to be one of 10 international dance/poetry ensembles featured at the festival, Angilly wrote, "We believe your performance will help define the collaborative art of poetry and dance in the United States."
Founded in 1951, Artists Embassy International is a Bay Area-based global organization "dedicated to the universal language of the Arts for peace."
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Sounds of the Resurrected Dead Man's Footsteps (#12)
1. Today, Tibet
One day I have fifteen minutes to stop the ruination.
Yesterday, a people.
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