Dahlan Robert Leide Foah
Mr. Foah is the President of Visioneering® International, Inc. He has combined his talents in music and the visual arts with a prescient ability to work with emerging technologies, to become one of the founding members of the audiovisual/multimedia industry. As the principle audiovisual consultant to the United Nations, Mr. Foah brought a powerful artistic sensibility combined with financial management skills to exhibitions, Visitors’ Centres and World’s Fair pavilions as well as many productions and installations for corporate clients.
Managing multi-million dollar budgets and contract negotiations engendered a second career as a small business consultant. He was awarded the Crystal Peach by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
From the age of five, Mr. Foah studied piano with Mme. Lina Calibi, the accompanist to Bidu Sayao, and Gabriella Bezansoni. He also studied conducting with Maestro Enrico Leide, who was the founder of the original Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Community Orchestra. Later, interested in photography, he became an assistant to Ansel Adams, which made his combination of musical and visual skills ideally suited for the emerging audio-visual industry.
His current focus is primarily as a cultural entrepreneur. He is producer and music director for Creativity in Captivity, the Recombinant DNA project and other new works and is well known as an advisor to emerging companies and artists.
All along, Foah has kept his early musical training alive and well, and currently is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of two orchestras — MusicAAtlanta, a professional orchestra and Atlanta Musicians’ Orchestra, a community orchestra. Recently Foah has conducted Beethoven, Strauss, Debussy, Stravinsky and others.
In 2014, he conducted the World Premiere of L’Anniversaire by Lucas Richman and has been instrumental in championing new musical ideas and organizations in Atlanta.
In 2010, Mr. Foah conducted the Christchurch, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Town Hall, Christchurch. He is Chairman of the Lotoro Institute.
Honora Foah is a multi – media artist and President of Mythic Imagination Institute. A pioneer of multi- disciplinary art, Ms. Foah’s New York based dance theatre company incorporated movement, voice, music, food, art installation, and media projection. The company was a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts. After ten years with the company, Ms. Foah began Studies in Waldorf Education, helping to found three schools. A Masters degree from the University of North Carolina in Dance and PhD studies in Education followed.
Ms. Foah became Creative Director of Visoneering International in 1989. In this capacity, she served as chief designer and producer of two World’s Fair pavilions for the United Nations (Genoa, Italy; Taijon, Korea), work for the Hayden Planetarium, installations for Fernbank Science Museum, and video art installations for Augusta Children’s Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Emory Hospital.
She created and collaborated on two notable performance cycles, Water Murders, with playwright Bradford Riley, and her own Recombinant DNA. A collaboration with artist Amy Landesberg produced a full gallery show at the Sandler-Hudson Gallery in Atlanta.
In 2003, Ms. Foah began work on Mythic Journeys, a performance festival and conference of extraordinary scope. Bringing together more than 150 presenters, speakers, artists, and performers, Mythic Journeys used the great archetypal stories, sacred traditions, folk wisdom and tales as a ground from which new art in consonance with interdisciplinary conversations created a context for contemporary events. Psychologists, scientists, poets, scholars, politicians, business people, artists and musicians brought their expertise and creativity to bear on the experiences and issues of our time.
In 2005, Mythic Journeys was the subject of a two-hour documentary on National Public Radio. Mythic Imagination has also produced the Human Forum conference for The Alliance for a New Humanity of which Ms. Foah is a member of the advisory board. A feature-length film about Mythic Journeys was released in the spring of 2010.
In 2013, the film Banaz, A Love Story, for which Ms Foah was a writer and story developer, won a Peabody and an Emmy for best documentary. She is on the Board of the AVA Foundation.
In 2014, a multimedia opera she created and directed, The Birth of Color: A Marriage of Darkness and Light was recorded in Budapest with a full production to follow. This piece is the first in a seven-part performance cycle called Recombinant DNA.