MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) celebrates the 22nd Anniversary performance of Shut Up & Dance, a one-night-only benefit presented by Dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet, featuring original works choreographed and performed by the dancers. This year’s theme will be a sultry take on Victoriana created by the dancers themselves. Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer Ian Hussey will again be Producing Director of this exciting, unique, and spirited performance Colby Damon is returning as choreographer along with Harrison Monaco and Alexandra Hughes. The performance will also feature a dance film project piece by Harry Paris and Candice DeTore.
The performance will be held at The Forrest Theatre located at 1114 Walnut Street on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. with WXPN Morning Show host Michaela Majoun as the emcee. Tickets are available for $25, $50, $75 or $100 by going to www.mannapa.org/dance. Each Shut Up & Dance ticket purchased will provide meals to a MANNA client coping with a life-threatening illness, such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and renal disease.
This year’s presenting sponsor is the Zurich Insurance Group. Zurich is a leading multi-line insurance provider with over 60,000 employees and a global network of subsidiaries and offices in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East as well as other markets.
Exclusive parties will be held before and after the performance. Philanthropists Jennifer and Steven Korman will host the 6:00 p.m. pre-party at The Forrest Theatre, featuring a lavish cocktail party with delicious food and drink. Tickets for the pre-party are available for $100. All ticket holders are invited to join the dancers immediately following the show for an after-party at Pennsylvania 6, 14 South 12th Street, Philadelphia. Tickets can be purchased at www.mannapa.org/dance or by calling 215-496-2662 x115.
Shut Up & Dance History
In 1993, Dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet were wondering what they could do to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. After much discussion, they decided the best thing they could do was “Shut Up & Dance.” Every year since, the dancers have partnered with MANNA in presenting this one-night-only performance. The dancers choreograph and rehearse each piece entirely in their spare time in what is truly a labor of love for the community. “For 22 years, dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet have poured their heart and soul into this one-night-only performance,” said Sue Daugherty, Executive Director of MANNA. “Through this labor of love, MANNA clients receive the nourishment, care and counsel they need to improve their health and quality of life. That’s what makes “Shut Up & Dance a life changing experience. Sure, it’s a sexy, wonderfully inventive performance. But it’s also a life-saving one.”
Especially for people at acute nutritional risk due to life-threatening illnesses, MANNA prepares and delivers delicious nourishing meals and counsel, empowering individuals to battle illness and improve their quality of life. A small professional staff and 2,500 dedicated volunteers bring more than 65,000 nutritious, home-delivered meals each month to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. MANNA dietitians promote wellness through nutrition education and counseling. Through these services, MANNA provides opportunities for caring people to extend loving support to families, friends, and neighbors.