‘New York Artists for the Philippines’ benefit

dance benefit performanceNew York City Ballet Principal Ashley Bouder will produce a dance benefit performance on Monday, December 30 at 7 p.m. at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center in NYC. The one-night-only performance will benefit the World Food Programme in an effort to help the survivors of typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon—known locally as Yolanda—is already the deadliest storm in the Southeast Asian country’s modern history, with the official death toll at 5,240 on the morning of November 26. According to The Wall Street Journal, 1,613 people are missing and 3.39 million people are displaced due to the typhoon.


“The arts have given me so much: a life, happiness and purpose. As an artist living and working in New York, it is very important to me to give back to my community and to the world we live in. In seeing the pure devastation typhoon Haiyan has had on the Philippine Islands, I knew exactly what I could do to help,” Bouder said.


“I’ve reached out to my community of artists and engaged dancers, singers, musicians, painters, photographers and more to help. World Food Programme is a worldwide organization invested in feeding those in need. By raising just $12,500 we can provide 50,000 meals to the hungry and displaced victims in The Philippines.”


In the December 30th performance, artists from New York will come together in honor of the survivors and in memory of the victims of typhoon Haiyan. Dancers and vocalists will include Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside and Filipino artist Stella Abrera of American Ballet Theatre; Ashley Bouder, Amar Ramasar, Lauren King and Filipino artists Gina Pazcoguin and Anthony Huxley of the New York City Ballet; Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Daniel Harder of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Blakeley White-Mcguire of Martha Graham Dance Company; Filipino artist Tiffany Mangulabnan and Clifford Williams of Ballet Next; Filipino artist Bennyroyce Royon of Bennyroyce Dance Productions; Filipino artist Angelo Soriano of Flashdance! The Musical; Filipino artist Diane Phelan, a Broadway performer; Michael Trusnovec and Jamie Rae Walker of Paul Taylor Dance Company; Rogelio Peñaverde Jr. of the San Lorenzo Ruiz Choir of New York; Filipino artist Mica Bernas, a contemporary dancer; Angelica Stiskin, a contemporary dancer; and Terra Firma Dance Theatre.


New York Producer Rose Caiola has donated her off-Broadway theater, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, to house both the performance and reception. Brooklyn Brewery and Mescal maker Doña Sarita has donated spirits for the evening, including a specialty cocktail for the event. The silent action includes items from photographers Henry Leutwyler, Seth Casteel and Rodell Astudillo, as well as items from Amanda Selby, Tommasso Nelli and from the dancers.


For more information, visit newyorkartistsforthephilippines.weebly.com. Tickets are $50.