Dance: Mid Summer Night

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On Saturday the Southern Vermont Dance Festival transports the magic to Scott Farm in a Midsummer Nights Picnic with food from Monkey Moon and Catherine Amarante and a promenade performance throughout the grounds of Scott Farm and The Stone Trust. Picnic goers will enjoy food and live music and exploration as they await their journey. Attendees can choose the picnic and promenade or just the performance. Works that were set for a proscenium stage are transformed for unique spaces throughout the farm. Following dinner, attendees are led on a walking tour to carefully curated spaces and transported to a different world.

As the tour begins the audience is led into the stone building barn to see a work by Julie Marie Muskat in collaboration with New Hampshire musician, Zach Benton. Then head to a field in front of a classical barn to see works by Noel St. Jean Chevalier and Legible Bodies. In the third work in the first section the audience will be led to see a work in Spanish and English in front of the water and set to lighting that highlights the water. This work is by Maurice Fraga. After crossing a picturesque covered bridge see a poem and dance work by Shanta Lee Gander and Cyndal Ellis. Next head to the small stone tower to see solo work offered by Melissa Gendreau and Perceptions Dance Company. Then turn around and be led to back drop of a unique stone wall to see a work that explores societies expectation of women and an opening in the wall to see a solo work by Aria Roach. Roach was born and raised in Brattleboro and is now a Brooklyn based artist. For the final part of the tour experience a stunning duet set between trees and a barn. This work will be presented by JP Dance Group. In the pan ultimate performance see into vines in a work by Dorcas Roman. To end the evening, see a magical work by Sonia Plumb at a distancel.

There are tours between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Advanced purchase is required. 7:30 and 8 p.m. tours are reserved for picnic goers. 8:30 (sold out), 9 and 9:30 p.m. tours are reserved for performance only. The later the night, the more magic reins and the early evening you get the sunset tour. To purchase tickets to the picnic and performance visit southernvermontdancefestival.com






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