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Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: The Lanesboro Barn Dance at DreamAcres

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: The Lanesboro Barn Dance at DreamAcres — an Old Time Barn Dance For All with Bob Bovee & Co.

Photo by Bill Patterson

Photo by Bill Patterson

Swing your partner through the longest night of the year during our Solstice Dance Party Celebration. A Fun family-friendly event! Whole Hog Musical Review (Chatfield) provides old time music during pizza service followed by a Solstice Celebration & Barn Dance Party called by Julie Young with Bob Bovee on Guitar and Smack Young Walser on fiddle.

Bob Bovee is a Nebraska native whose family sang and played the old-time songs. Many of the western and railroad songs he does were learned from his grandmother and uncle. He plays banjo and autoharp, sings and yodels, and can drive a dance band with his guitar and harmonica. Bob is well known and loved for his dry and witty stage humor. He has published numerous articles and reviews for The Old-Time Herald and Inside Bluegrass and been an instructor for a course called "The History of Country Music" for the Honors Division at the University of Minnesota. Bob is also the Artistic Director for the Bluff Country Gathering and the organizing force for the Lanesboro Barn Dance.

Julie Young loves traditional square dancing! In her formative years, as soon as she got her license, Julie remembers driving to downtown Minneapolis and standing on the sidewalk listening through the door to the Monday Night Square Dance at the Union Bar. (She was too young to actually go in!)  Since those days Julie has spent time in West Virginia, North Carolina, Turtle Mountain on the North Dakota/Canada border, and of course her native Minnesota learning how to “call”.  She is known for clear, accessible teaching and an authentic repertoire of dances. Besides the obvious joy it embodies, Julie loves the way dancing to live music connects people to each other, to cultural traditions, and to being human.

 Smack Young Walser grew up in a musical family — his dad sings Sea Chanties and his mom is a Clogger. Before the age of two he had devoured (literally, eaten!) the liner notes to a Bob Bovee and Gail Heil CD. Smack was reared in the bosom of the Twin Cities old-time music scene, and recently has traveled to southern Appalachia as well as to rural Indiana and Iowa to learn directly from master traditional fiddlers there. Smack has well and truly “drunk the Kool-aid” of old-time music, and he mixes discipline with passion — he regularly practices 4 hours each day! Smack’s fiddling is made for dancing and he is proud now to have the opportunity to play with his earliest mentor, Bob Bovee.


Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

Lanesboro Barn Dance

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Dance! in the Barn: The Lanesboro Barn Dance at DreamAcres

Dance! in the Barn: The Lanesboro Barn Dance at DreamAcres — an Old Time Barn Dance For All with Bob Bovee & Co.

Photo by Bill Patterson

Photo by Bill Patterson

Join us for a Barn Dance called by Ann Carter with Bob Bovee on Guitar John Lane on fiddle.

Bob Bovee is a Nebraska native whose family sang and played the old-time songs. Many of the western and railroad songs he does were learned from his grandmother and uncle. He plays banjo and autoharp, sings and yodels, and can drive a dance band with his guitar and harmonica. Bob is well known and loved for his dry and witty stage humor. He has published numerous articles and reviews for The Old-Time Herald and Inside Bluegrass and been an instructor for a course called "The History of Country Music" for the Honors Division at the University of Minnesota. Bob is also the Artistic Director for the Bluff Country Gathering and the organizing force for the Lanesboro Barn Dance.

Ann Carter walked into her first old-time community dance as a college student in 1992, and has never looked back. Since then she has become a dance caller, clogger, musician, and all-around enthusiast for old time music & dance — which she sees as the one of the world's most joyful endeavors. As a caller, Ann is known for her clear teaching style, her positive enthusiam, and her ability to make it a fun & successful experience for everyone — new and experienced.

As a youngster, John Lane studied with Missouri fiddle masters at the Bethel Fiddle Camp. This experience instilled a love of playing for dancing that has followed him ever since. These days he can be heard fiddling with bands like Ginstrings and Pert Near Sandstone, but he returns to playing for dancing whenever possible.

Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

Lanesboro Barn Dance

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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ONION FEST: Taiko Japanese Drumming Performance by Ensō Daiko
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

ONION FEST: Taiko Japanese Drumming Performance by Ensō Daiko

ONION FEST: Taiko Japanese Drumming Performance by Ensō Daiko / TaikoArts Midwest

Come to our 11th Annual Onion Fest, celebrating a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Enjoy onion-based pizzas and specialties to make your eyes water while TaikoArts Midwest Japanese drummers, Ensō Daiko offer loud, energetic performance combining music, dance, culture, and pure athleticism. Top off the evening with The Adventures of Juan Bobo,  a puppetry performance by Open Eye Figure Theatre.

Ensō Daiko regularly premieres new work adding their unique voice to the expanding canon and innovation of North American taiko. Through performances, studio classes and school residencies, Ensō Daiko has taught thousands of students of all ages and abilities.

Ensō Daiko was founded as Mu Daiko in 1997 by Rick Shiomi. New Artistic Director, Jennifer Weir, renamed it Ensō Daiko in 2017, when TaikoArts Midwest took over the taiko program formerly supported by Theater Mu.

All ages are welcome & encouraged.

Suggested admission: $5–$10. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

What is taiko?

Taiko empowers and strengthens community.

Experience the power, rhythm, and grace.

TaikoArts Midwest provides its community with high quality taiko performances, supports taiko artists, and strengthens and builds community through taiko. TaikoArts produces concerts, trains artists, offers studio and master classes, leads school residencies, develops new work, and provides a variety of performances and workshops for public, corporate, and private audiences. TaikoArts supports two primary resident taiko groups in Minnesota: Ensō Daiko and ensemble-MA.

Onion Fest is DreamAcres' annual harvest festival celebrating the stories of a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Come on down to the farm to enjoy multi-layered cuisine and multi-layered entertainment.

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ONION FEST: Puppetry Performance: The Adventures of Juan Bobo
Aug
23
7:30 PM19:30

ONION FEST: Puppetry Performance: The Adventures of Juan Bobo

ONION FEST: The Adventures of Juan Bobo by Open Eye Figure Theatre

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Come to our 11th Annual Onion Fest, celebrating a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Enjoy onion-based pizzas and specialties to make your eyes water while TaikoArts Midwest Japanese drummers, Ensō Daiko offer loud, energetic performance combining music, dance, culture, and pure athleticism. Top off the evening with The Adventures of Juan Bobo,  a Driveway Tour puppetry performance by Open Eye Figure Theatre.

The world is upside down in The Adventures of Juan Bobo and he is going to do something to turn it right side up! Inspired by Puerto Rican folk stories, the show combines puppetry, music, Spanish and English in a delightful tale of riddles, silly devils, a missing pig and a village in need of a hero.

All ages are welcome & encouraged.

Suggested admission: $5–$10. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.

About Open Eye

Open Eye Figure Theatre creates original image-driven theater, animating the inanimate on an intimate scale, and builds community by advancing adventurous, artist-driven programming.

Open Eye is nationally recognized for bringing a visual feast of evocative figure theater to the stage. The company’s whimsical yet profound work surprises and delights whether experienced in the company’s historic jewel box theater in Minneapolis or in neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities with the Driveway Tour. From experimental object works to puppet shows in backyards to community pageants to miniature spectacles, Open Eye consistently creates a unique, contagious exchange between artists and audiences.

Open Eye is led by directors Michael Sommers and Susan Haas. Sommers is recognized as one of the country’s most versatile and ingenious theatre artists. Haas is the visionary behind the Driveway Tour, Toy Theatre After Dark, It's Women's Work, and the showcase of artists on stage.

Onion Fest is DreamAcres' annual harvest festival celebrating the stories of a multi-layered society through a multi-layered vegetable. Come on down to the farm to enjoy multi-layered cuisine and multi-layered entertainment.

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Flourish Youth Performances
Jul
21
3:00 PM15:00

Flourish Youth Performances

Performances by Flourish Summer Camp Youth.

Flourish Summer Camp is a performing arts program for youth ages 11-15. The camp consists of a group of artists that mentor young people in the disciplines of theatre, puppetry, dance, music and voice for one week in the context of a farm. The goal of the program is to establish an intimate working climate that allows each participant to voice their unique ideas.

FREE and open to the public.

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Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: Old Time Barn Dance with Bob Bovee & Co.

SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Dance! in the Barn: Old Time Barn Dance For All with Bob Bovee & Co.

Swing your partner through the longest night of the year during our Solstice Dance Party Celebration. A Fun family-friendly event!

Whole Hog Musical Review (Chatfield) provides old time music during pizza service followed by a Solstice Celebration & Barn Dance Party with Bob Bovee and Betsy Neil, fiddle; Pop Wagner, caller.


Suggested admission: $8 per person or $20 per family of 3 or more. Call 507.352.4255 for questions.

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Jul
21
8:00 PM20:00

Flourish Youth Performances

Performances by Flourish Summer Camp Youth.

Flourish Summer Camp is a performing arts program for youth ages 11-15. The camp consists of a group of artists that mentor young people in the disciplines of theatre, puppetry, dance, music and voice for one week in the context of a farm. The goal of the program is to establish an intimate working climate that allows each participant to voice their unique ideas.

FREE and open to the public

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Jul
15
to Jul 22

Flourish Summer Camp

Flourish Summer Camp is a performing arts program for youth ages 11-15. The camp consists of a group of artists that mentor young people in the disciplines of theatre, puppetry, dance, music and voice for one week in the context of a farm. The goal of the program is to establish an intimate working climate that allows each participant to voice their unique ideas.

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Jul
7
8:30 PM20:30

Play! in the Barn: Leaves of Grass — Illuminated

Play! in the Barn: Leaves of Grass — Illuminated
A One-man performance by Patrick Scully (Minneapolis)
8:30pm – 10:00pm

Suggested ticket price $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door at least one hour before the show.

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Critics praised the Minneapolis premiere in July 2014: “Scully creates an onstage world that Whitman would have appreciated... Without this daring poet’s soaring words and his willingness to take risks in a hostile era, we may never know what it means to ‘sing the body electric.’ Scully is the perfect caretaker for Whitman’s legacy.” — StarTribune

Patrick Scully was born to play Walt Whitman... For a decade Scully has been gestating Whitman’s poetry and life and has now crafted a luminous performance art piece... the piece’s genius is Scully’s illumination of Whitman texts and his life ... It is a truly great American work of theatrical art.” — Lavender

Leaves of Grass - Illuminated (select scenes) from Patrick E. Scully on Vimeo.

Combining theater, dance and solo performance, this show is about history, art, and literature — presenting aspects of Walt Whitman’s life and work that are fascinating for our time, in which discussions of male/male relations have moved into every section of the newspaper. “Kevin Kortan makes an appearance as Whitman’s lover Peter Doyle and in one of the work’s more poignant moments they discuss the poet’s refusal to use the pronoun “he” (instead using “she”) in his writing to describe their passionate relationship.” — StarTribune

It’s about dance. In Scully’s words: Whitman’s language is so body-based, so physical, it begs you to press your body up against his words. “Scully, 60, said [this] show is about paying it forward, sharing what he’s learned from dancing with such legends as Remy Charlip. Scully performed in Charlip’s “10 Men” at the Brooklyn Music Academy. “So I get to pass that dream — of what positive relationships between men might be like — forward in this show, by passing on what I got from Remy,” (MN Public Radio) “The movement itself is based in contact improvisation, which emphasizes the intuitive give and take of dancing with another person. Scully’s company members take great care to support and inspire one another.” — StarTribune


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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More information can be found at: www.patrickscully.org

 

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Jun
23
8:30 PM20:30

Play! in the Barn: Nocturne by Ragamala Dance Company

Play! in the Barn: Nocturne by Ragamala Dance Company
8:30pm – 10:00pm

Suggested ticket price $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door at least one hour before the show.

Photos by Ed Bock

Nocturne is the first major work to be conceived/choreographed by long-time Ragamala soloist Ashwini Ramaswamy. Inspired by the natural, emotional, and spiritual migrations that occur after nightfall, Nocturne summons the different facets of the night — the natural world of flora and fauna, the emotional world of anticipation and longing, and the heightened spiritual potency of pre-dawn. 

"as "Nocturne" gives us a glimpse into a secretive world, the work also confirms that confident inhabitants rule it. For one hour we are transported into an exquisite dream state, one that exists deep in the heart of night." — Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Nocturne transports audiences into a suspended realm where transcendent Bharatanatyam dance served as the vehicle for heart-filling enchantment" — Big Dance Town's 10 Best Dance Memories of 2016


Under the direction of Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala Dance Company's work explores the dynamic tension between the ancestral and the personal. As choreographers and performers, Ranee and Aparna create dance landscapes that dwell in opposition — secular and spiritual life, inner and outer worlds, human and natural concerns, rhythm and stillness — to find the transcendence that lies in between. As mother and daughter, each brings her generational experience to the work — the rich traditions, deep philosophical roots, and ancestral wisdom of India meeting and merging with their hybridic perspective as Indian-American artists. 

For the past 30 years, Ranee and Aparna have worked together in an intergenerational creative partnership. Together they have created their own specific sub-genre that combines a contemporary Western aesthetic with an Indian ethos.  

Now in its 24th season, Ragamala has been hailed by The New York Times as "soulful, imaginative and rhythmically contagious," "[Ragamala] showed how Indian forms can provide some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer." The company’s work has been commissioned by the Walker Art Center, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, the Krannert Center for Performing Arts at the University of Illinois, the Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), and Opening Nights Performing Arts at Florida State University, and has been developed in residence at the Magee Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) and during an NPN residency at The Yard. The company has been recognized with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Japan Foundation/New York, Minnesota State Arts Board, USArtists International, New Music/USA, MAP Fund, American Composers Forum, and 2008 and 2016 Joyce Awards from the Joyce Foundation.
 
The company has toured extensively, highlighted by The Joyce Theater, the American Dance Festival, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Music Center of Los Angeles, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, University Musical Society at the University of Michigan, Just Festival (Edinburgh, U.K.), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia), Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai, India), and National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai, India).

Ranee is a 2014 recipient of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. Among her many honors are 14 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Choreography and Interdisciplinary Art, a Bush Fellowship for Choreography, a 2011 McKnight Distinguished Artist Award, and a 2012 United States Artists Fellowship. Ranee currently serves on the National Council on the Arts, appointed by President Obama.

Aparna’s choreography and performance have been described as “thrillingly three-dimensional” and “rapturous and profound” (The New York Times) and she was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s "25 to Watch" for 2010. Her awards include a 2016 Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation, a 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award,three McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dance and Choreography, a Bush Fellowship for Choreography, an Arts and Religion grant funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, choreographic and travel support from the Jerome Foundation and Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Lakshmi Vishwanathan Endowment Prize from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha (Chennai, India). Her solo work, presented with live music, has toured the U.S. and India with support from the National Dance Project and USArtists International, most recently at Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai. Aparna is an empaneled artist with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (of the Government of India). She serves on the Board of Trustees of Dance/USA.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 
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Jun
23
5:00 PM17:00

Pizza on the Farm

Pizza on the Farm | Rain or shine!
5:00 - 8:00pm or as far as the dough stretches

Pizza service will be followed by: Play! in the Barn: Nocturne by Ragamala Dance Company at 8:30pm. Suggested ticket price $15. Call 507.352.4255 to reserve tickets.


DreamAcres is open to visitors on select Fridays throughout the season. This season we will be offering pizza service on the following Fridays:

June 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7
August 4, 11, 25
Sept 1, 8, 15, 29

Please refer to our calendar often to find out when we will be serving pizzas at the farm.

During pizza service, all are welcome to come and enjoy pizzas from the wood-fired oven while watching the bluffs glow in the sunset. All pizzas are vegetarian and are made from scratch using seasonal ingredients grown on the farm! Because we are a working farm, we ask that visitors exercise respect for buildings, implements and crops as you keep track of your children.   

Please bring your own beverages and place settings. No dogs please.

$15 -$25 per pizza.

Learn more about DreamAcres made-from-scratch pizzas here.

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