The Farm to Ballet Project
The Farm to Ballet Project debuted in the summer of 2015 and was Chatch Pregger's first experience as Artistic Director. His first project received national attention in its inaugural year, with feature stories in the Boston Globe, NPR, the USDA food blog and more.
In its first two seasons the project has created and performed the ballet on 16 farms across 9 counties in Vermont raising $35,000 for 14 agricultural nonprofit organizations.
Farm to Ballet aims to connect the agricultural and dance communities of Vermont. The project celebrates the intricacies of farm life by creating and performing a ballet depicting the interaction between a farmer and her farm throughout the year. This piece is performed on the grass on working farms across Vermont fostering a deeper connection to food and the people who produce it. This provides the host farmer a great opportunity to exhibit the methods they use to produce their products, allowing the consumer to better understand our complex food system. In addition, they can demonstrate conservation practices and other efforts they are making on their farm to protect the environment. With water quality and its relation to agriculture currently being reavaluated in Vermont, sharing this information is critical for strengthening and uniting these communities.
- Connect audience members with farmers and organizations that support their local food system
- Raise funding for agricultural nonprofit organizations to expand their capacity to serve our communities
- Provide education for audience members about working farms and their contributions to our local food system
- Highlight farms and their practices that are working to conserve our natural resources
- Provide opportunities for adult dancers to improve technique and performance skills
- Bring live arts performances to rural communities that lack access to affordable, quality performances
At each event, we partner with a different agricultural nonprofit. It is an opportunity for them to share their work with an audience they may not typically connect with. These new connections can help gain additional support for these organizations after the completion of the project. In addition, Farm to Ballet provides a percentage of ticket sale revenue to the partnering organization, thus increasing their capacity to continue their service to our communities.
To learn more, see photos and video, see performance dates, buy tickets to a performance, please visit the Farm to Ballet Project's website at www.farmtoballet.org