Dance premiere in a 17th century garden

IT would be hard to imagine a more perfect setting for an evening of great dance and food than Covent Garden Dance Company’s annual visit to Hatch House near Tisbury, this year on 21st to 23rd July.

Matt Brady’s company first brought country house ballet to south west Wiltshire in the summer of 2010, and each year he has returned with a line-up of leading international dancers and classical and contemporary works by some of the finest choreographers of the past and today.

This year, the big excitement wil be the premiere of Les Colombes, danced to a libretto by the late Terence Brady, Matt’s actor-writer father, who died last year.

Ballet at Hatch takes place under an elegant open-sided stretch marquee in the 17th century Dutch garden of this historic country house. Guests are greeted with a glass of bubbly and exquisite tableaux by talented young dancers.

The main programme is a series of classical ballets and contemporary dances, interspersed with a gourmet dinner.

This year’s special guest performers are international ballet star Lucia Lacarra, a principal with Bayerisches Staatsballet, and her husband Marlon Dino, while Hatch favourite and Royal Ballet guest principal Mara Galeazzi will dance Les Colombes with Gregory Dean.

There are still some tickets for the Sunday night performance – contact or call 01749 813313.

Pictured: Lucia Lacarra, photograph by Charles Tandy; Mara Galeazzi and Gregory Dean, photograph by Alice Pennefather