Celebrate a decade of ballet under the stars

IT would be hard to imagine a more beautiful or magical setting for outdoor ballet than the walled garden at Hatch House near Tisbury, where the Covent Garden Dance Company will celebrate the tenth anniversary of Ballet Under the Stars, on 26th, 27th and 28th July.

This year’s special programme is both a celebration of a decade of “the Glyndebourne of ballet” and a chance for ballet and dance lovers to see international stars close up in a matchless setting. The dancers will include Xander Parish, of the Mariinsky Ballet, the first British dancer to ever be employed by this prestigious company, Royal Ballet principals Steven McRae and Lauren Cuthbertson, Mara Galeazzi, guest principal with the Royal Ballet, and Ksenia Ovsyanick, principal at the Staatsballett Berlin.

Founded by Matt Brady, Covent Garden Dance Company’s world-class ballet and dance festival is a quintessentially English event which has become one of Wiltshire’s most spectacular and enjoyable cultural events.

The Dutch walled garden at Sir Henry and Lady Rumbold’s 17th century house is covered with a bespoke canopy creating a 430-seat dinner theatre where guests enjoy spectacular classical and new ballet and dance, and fine dining.

Matt says: “The tenth anniversary will be a celebration of the last decade of dance with one of the most impressive line-ups of world class dancers that have ever performed at Hatch. The programme will be sensational too, one of the highlights definitely being tap work, Something Different, performed by Steven McRae.”

For more information visit: www.coventgardendance.com

Pictured: Lauren Cuthbertson and Xander Parish, photograph by Andrew Mascolo; Joshua Barwick and Brenda Lee Grech at Hatch last year; Ksenia Ovsyanick and Zdenek Konvalina at Hatch, photograph by Alice Pennefather.