Farm to Ballet! I can't even picture it!
We know! You have to see it to understand it! We want you to come to a show to experience the joy first hand- but for now, check out our videos and read more about the work we are doing to combine Arts and Agriculture in Vermont.
Farm to Ballet Project- Philo Ridge Farm
Woah Nelly Productions
Farm to Ballet Project- Shelburne Farms Summer 2015
The Farm to Ballet Project is a dance project intended to celebrate Vermont’s farming culture while expanding classical ballet’s audience.
We show up at a farm to perform. We dance an original ballet on the grass for an hour and 15 minutes while audience members picnic and take in the sights. We share 50% of the ticket sales with the farm where we performed. More people experience ballet in a casual environment, more people revel in the beauty and importance of Vermont farms.
Artistic Director Chatch Pregger developed a full length production that reinterprets classical ballet choreography to tell the story of a Vermont farm from Spring to Fall. The production starts with the geese returning for the Spring and then the farmer planning out the farm. The subsequent pieces move through the stages of planting, irrigating, tending and then harvesting the farm’s produce. The farmer takes a detour from the crops to work with the animals and celebrate their contributions to our local foods. The production wraps up with a celebratory farmshare pick-up scene before the geese fly back south for the Winter.
The production is performed outside against the beauty of Vermont farms and their surrounding landscape. The performances are fundraisers to support and honor the work of our local farmers and food movement.
Farm to Ballet Images from Shelburne Farms Show:
Quotes from Audience Members:
"Kudos to the talented Farm to Ballet troupe! Last night's performance at Green Mountain College was simply amazing! The 200+ folks who attended were treated to the wonderful fusion of dance and agriculture! Thanks - I can't wait for next year!!!"
"You guys rock! Last night's performance was over the top wonderful!"
"An absolute pleasure to watch this talented group tonight."
"Wonderful evening at Philo Ridge Farm yesterday! I highly recommend taking in a Farm to Ballet Project performance."
"My hat is off to ...all the performers, organizers, volunteers, etc. for pulling off such an extraordinary event. The evening at Philo Ridge was an absolute delight. "
"Wonderful performance last evening - thoroughly enjoyed it!"