Above: Ashley Bouder as The Firebird, a Paul Kolnik photo
Mega-kudos to New York City Ballet principal ballerina Ashley Bouder who, in the midst of preparing to appear in NYCB's NUTCRACKER, has organized a gala to benefit the people of The Philippines following the recent typhoon devastation to that island nation.
Ashley has gathered together a super-roster of her danceworld friends to appear at this one-time event which will be held on Monday December 30th at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center. Go to the event's website here for further information and to order tickets.
My lovely Filipino friend Brix has told me about the catastrophic damage that the storm has caused in his native land, with over 10,000 fatalities and several hundred thousands of people being left homeless. Although Brix's town of Bato, Leyte was spared a direct hit, the resulting shortgages of food and medical supplies and the disruption of essential services (Bato's electricity is not likely to be restored until Christmas) have put the entire country in extreme hardship, especially affecting the the elderly, and small children.
My personal thanks to Ashley Bouder for her thoughtfulness in organizing this gala, and to all the participating artists for their generosity of spirit.