The dance troupe that combines lettuce leaves with pirouettes and mud boots with pointe shoes will once again perform at Charlotte's Philo Ridge Farm this summer. The Farm to Ballet Project is a dance project intended to celebrate Vermont’s farming culture while expanding classical ballet’s audience. Philo Ridge Farm, a diversified farm located at the crossroads of Charlotte-Hinesburg and Mt. Philo Road, hosted the performance to a sold-out crowd of 350 people last August.
Directed by Chatch Pregger, the full-length production reinterprets classical ballet choreography to tell the story of a Vermont farm from Spring to Fall. The production takes place outdoors on farms throughout Vermont. The performance at Philo Ridge Farm will be the first of eight throughout the state, and a string sextet will play live Vivaldi. Each performance gives back to the community, as host sites select a non-profit beneficiary to receive the proceeds raised by the show. Funds from Farm to Ballet at Philo Ridge Farm will benefit the Farm to Ballet Project itself.
"We were overwhelmed with the community response last year. Sharing our farm-raised products with community members from near and far on a beautiful summer evening is part of our vision for Philo Ridge Farm," farm owner Diana McCargo, said. "The Farm to Ballet Project is a vehicle for us to invite people to this historic Charlotte farm while supporting a creative arts initiative."
Charlotte-native and McCargo’s daughter, Charlotte Hardie is one of the 23 dancers in the production. Hardie began taking dance classes in college.
“Performing with the Farm to Ballet Project is a natural fit for me,” Hardie said. “It combines my love of dance with my passion for being outdoors and connecting with Vermont’s food and farm culture.” Hardie incorporates movement and art into all aspects of her life as a certified yoga instructor, art teacher at the Mt. Philo Barn Art Camp, and as a jewelry maker with a Burlington-based company.
On July 16th, attendees are encouraged to come early to enjoy a farm-raised meal of pulled pork and vietnamese chicken salad prepared by The Hindquarter. Farm tours will be offered for every age. A limited number of tickets will be available at the farm on the day of the event. We encourage guests to purchase tickets in advance: http://www.farmtoballet.org/philo-ridge-farm.html
Doors Open: 5:00pm
Show Start: 6:30pm
Location: 2766 Mt Philo Rd, Charlotte, VT
Dinner: Available for purchase
Rain Plan: In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be cancelled, but the dinner will go on! Visit www.philoridgefarm.com for updates. If the show is cancelled, you can exchange your tickets for a different show at the Flynntix box office, continue to make your donation, or get a refund.
Photos from last year’s performance at Philo Ridge Farm: http://bit.ly/28PxCwo