Ballet evenings were first given at Hatch House in the summer of 2010. The dream-like 17th c./Arts & Crafts garden in its pastoral setting turned out to be a wild and exciting theatre for ballet performances. 2016 will be the seventh year this daring event is held at Hatch.
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Hatch House 2016 saw the official launch of The Dicky Buckle Fund CIO as a fully-fledged charity (Charity Number 116 3430) with Ballet Under The Stars which was presented as a fundraiser in benefit of the fund. To launch the charity fundraiser we invited the always brilliant and hugely popular Royal Ballet Principal Mara Galeazzi to headline with partner Gregory Dean from The Royal Danish Ballet.
As is now often the case, both the Friday and the Saturday night sold out very quickly leading to the re-launch of the Sunday evening show, which was well attended and enjoyed that very relaxed ‘last night of the proms’ style vibe.
The Hatch House 2016 programme as always saw new works created and performed by young and emerging creative talents such as Vitali Safronkine, Ksenia Ovsyanick, Mara Galeazzi and Tim Podesta (curtesy of and supported by the Dicky Buckle Fund CIO). A total of seven new works were performed at Hatch House 2016 of which four were world premieres. These brand new works were performed alongside previously commissioned works by CGDC/DBF as well as classical excerpts from balletic greats such as Coppelia, Manon and Corsaire as well as variation from Grand Pas Classique.
This beautiful and hugely well received programme was crowned by the largest and most ambitious new work ‘Les Copines’ commissioned by The Dicky Buckle Fund on a libretto by Terence Brady. Terence’s libretto was based on a Norman Parkinson image called ‘Young Velvets’ and was performed by Mara Galeazzi ,Gregory Dean, Ksenia Ovsyanick, Jia Zhang and Silvia Selvini. Costumes by Amanda Barrow and the hats by Cozmo Jenks.
This beautiful one act ballet received the ovation it deserved and was a source of great joy to Terence in his final days before his passing in September. Indeed it was the last performance he ever saw.
However often where there is loss there is often new life… and in his final days Terence wrote one final libretto called ‘Les Colombes’ (The Doves) which we will be creating in his memory this year for its world premiere at Hatch House 2017. The principal roles will be performed by Mara Galeazzi and Gregory Dean.