Forget the Bolshoi, head down to the Philo Ridge Farm

Megan Stearns of Burlington is one of several ballet dancers who will perform at Farm to Ballet at Charlotte’s Philo Ridge Farm. Photo: Courtesy

Megan Stearns of Burlington is one of several ballet dancers who will perform at Farm to Ballet at Charlotte’s Philo Ridge Farm. Photo: Courtesy

Farm to Ballet comes to Philo Ridge Farm, a benefit for the Vermont Land Trust

The Farm to Ballet Project is a dance endeavor intended to celebrate Vermont’s farming culture while expanding classical ballet’s audience. Philo Ridge Farm, a diversified farm in Charlotte, is excited to host the Farm to Ballet production on August 15, in a celebration of food, farms and the arts. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Vermont Land Trust’s Farmland Access Program, which provides farmers with opportunities to purchase or lease affordable farmland, helping to generate or expand agricultural businesses.

Philo Ridge Farm is located on the property of the old Foote Farm in Charlotte. Farm tours will be offered between 4 and 6 p.m. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a farm-raised pork dinner prepared by the Hindquarter Food Truck or wood-fired flatbread.  Please bring cash—dinner is not included in your ticket reservation. The performance will begin at 6:15 p.m.

The project, directed by Chatch Pregger, is 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, followed by 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 local foods. The production wraps up with a celebratory farm-share pickup scene before the geese fly back south for the winter.

Charlotte Hardie, of Charlotte, is one of the dancers involved in the program. She began dancing at Colorado College and fell in love with the form.

Farm to Ballet will be performed throughout Vermont during the summer of 2015. The production is intended to be performed outside against the beauty of Vermont farms and their surrounding landscape.

More information is available at farmtoballet.org.

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