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The promenade to take visitors through Naulakha's property.

DUMMERSTON >> In 1892, the internationally acclaimed English writer Rudyard Kipling and his new American bride bought 12 acres on a Vermont hillside overlooking the Connecticut River Valley and this year the Southern Vermont Dance Festival has the honor of making this the site of their Black Tie BBQ and Promenade Performance on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The home was designed by Kipling to resemble a ship and it was here that Kipling wrote the Jungle Books and Captains Courageous and began Kim and the Just So Stories. Therefore Naulakha becomes the perfect site for our imaginations to take flight and our evening to be transformed into live music, delicious food and an exquisitely unique dance performance.

Guests will arrive and be bussed from their car to the grounds of Naulakha. Once on the Kipling estate, guests will be given time to explore the Kipling House, enjoy the private museum, walk about the grounds and enjoy each others company. Dinner will be served following some time on the property and will include a meal catered by Top of the Hill Grill! Meals will include beef brisket, barbecue chicken, roasted root vegetables, mixed green salad, cole slaw and for Vegetarians there will be a vegi-wrap option. Following the dinner and desert guests will be escorted in two groups on the promenade performance.


Each group will be led through a series of dance works. The evening will begin with a work by Audra Carbetta and Brian Crabtree that brings you eloquently into the magic of the promenade. Carbetta and Crabree come to us from Boston where they have been showing and creating dance works for decades. This work will take place in what once was the pool. From the pool the audience will be guided through a tree arch pathway into the "pillars" to see a solo work by Kelly Alvarez. This work titled "44 Sounds" pulls in the magic of the estate and allows us to fully transform into this magical journey. Next stop on the tour will be the Kipling's Tennis courts to explore the movement by Alexandra Pooley and Diane Bedford who join the festival from Texas A&M University. The audience will then be escorted into the vast open front lawn to see an excerpt of the festival's own Brenda Lynn Siegel's exploration of mental illness through movement. Siegel is founder and director of the Southern Vermont Dance Festival and received her Bachelors of Science in choreography and dance from Hampshire College A work by Tasha Warshaw will be shown eloquently in front of the ship like house. The viewers gaze is then brought up to the second story balcony where Dorcas Roman will guide the audience to the final stretch of their magical tour. Roman joins us orignally from Puerto Rico and currently from Los Angeles. Millie Heckler and Samantha Lysaught joining us originally from Vermont and currently of Colorado will provide a high energy duet in front of the Barn which will lead the audience to the trees to see "Hearing Herman Hess", a solo choreographed by Julie Marie Muskat who joins SVDF from Minnesota and her work has been shown across Europe and Israel. Rounding out the performance the audience will be guided inside the barn/museum to see a work on the dangers of pressure and perfectionism as described by choreographer Joyce King and JKing Dance Company who join us from New York City and has shown their work throughout the country. Finally the audience will be guided to the entrance of the estate to see an enchanted choreographic solo by Jessie Jean Stinnett coming to us from Brooklyn, NY guiding you to your transportation out of the kipling estate to end your journey of dance, food and imagination.

This is the Southern Vermont Dance Festival's first ever Black Tie BBQ and Promenade performance. Come tour the house and grounds and see the property in a unique way. There are only 50 tickets available to this event and advanced purchase is required. To purchase tickets, sponsor the event or learn more about the dance festival go to .