For Immediate Release
Hannah Albee, Communications Manager
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
Joseph Alexander, Director
WE SING, WE DANCE, WE FEED
New York City, New York March 20, 2017: TheEdwardMorganBallet will be honoring Earth Day and planting seeds of awareness with a performance of “The Creation” on April 21, 22, and 23 at the Church of the Holy Apostles. The 8 pm performances will benefit Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, the Church’s primary on-site mission and non-sectarian program that has served hungry and homeless New Yorkers since 1982. This performance is free to the public, if you would like a reserved seat you must make a $50 donation. For free seating or reserved seating everyone must RSVP.
Advanced, reserved seating will be available for purchase online or by phone at (212) 582-1941
“Ballet dancers, musicians, actors and poets will raise awareness through the arts about homelessness in New York City,” says TheEdwardMorganBallet director Joseph Alexander. Mr. Alexander says he was inspired by James Weldon Johnson’s “The Creation,” from the 1927 book of poems “God’s Trombones.”
The performance is choreographed by Edward Morgan, former principal of the original Joffrey Ballet NYC, director of Joffrey II, choreographer of the television show, ClubMTV, and now choreographer of his own ballet company TheEdwardMorganBallet, under the direction of Joseph Alexander. The New York Times has hailed TheEdwardMorganBallet as “luminous, joyous dance.”
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is committed to using earth friendly, food sustainable best practices that optimizes nutrition for its approximate 1000 hungry and homeless guests every weekday. The midday meals are served in the sanctuary of the landmark Holy Apostles Church where the evening “Creation” performances will be held in April. Interim Executive Director Bishop Andrew R St John is thrilled to be celebrating Earth Day with EdwardMorganBallet, “The convergence of the arts, honoring the earth and raising awareness on behalf of homeless guests will be a beautiful way to express our commitment to what we call ‘Food for the Soul,’ he says, “We’re so impressed by and grateful for the Edward Morgan’s generous and tireless effort.”
Latest figures show New York homeless shelters are at a record high 60,400 homeless people each night, and over 24,000 of them are youth.
This Mass For The Ballet is inspired by one of Mr. Alexander’s dance students, part of TheEdwardMorgan Outreach Program. She came up to him in class and said, “I will be late for rehearsal tomorrow because I’m moving into a homeless shelter.” Mr. Alexander recalls that he was actually in shock when the little girl said this to him. He conferred with Edward Morgan
who responded by saying the little girl is very talented and mentally stable; his advice was that if she weren’t treated the same as everyone else, she wouldn’t be happy. “So I was afraid,” said Mr. Alexander, “but I turned around and said, ‘DON’T BE LATE!’ And the little girl looked at me and said, ‘Oh don’t worry Mr. Alexander, I already told my mama that we need to move early so we won’t be late!’” Not only did she do a great performance, but she was not late for rehearsal and her excitement and enthusiasm for the program blew Mr. Alexander away.
Please note, Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood House, and St. John’s Lutheran Church are donating substantial rehearsal space for this project.
“a sunny and compassionate interest in the world around them, an outlook reflected in this pristine young classical troupe and its vibrant repertory”
The New York Times
“Ballet For The Homeless” When: April 21, 22, 23 8 pm
Where: Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 9th Avenue, New York New York 10001
You must RSVP at (212) 582-1941 for all seating, whether it is for a free seat or a reserved seat for a donation of $50. The youngest child that can attend this performance must be in 1st grade. Proceeds benefiting Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, We Dance To Heal The World!
New York’s largest food emergency program, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen has welcomed hungry and homeless New Yorkers for midday meals and a social service program that offers comfort, justice, hope and opportunity since 1982.