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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Good news travels fast and stories of world class ballet and dance being performed in a 17 th century walled garden in Wiltshire….seemingly faster. Ston Easton Park is one of the most iconic locations in the south west and has been home to the Hippisley family, the Smedley family and most recently and notably to the Reese-Moggs. When we were invited to create ‘Ballet in the Park’ at Ston Easton Park we felt that without doubt that this extraordinary and historic location was the perfect setting for world class performance.
Ston Easton Park was bathed in glorious sunshine for the two evenings, seemingly the only two dry nights of the entire summer, which encouraged the guests to stroll around the beautiful grounds of the Park as they enjoyed their champagne.
The mixed bill, performed by invited artists from the English National Ballet, Ballet Basel and Maribor, against the back drop of the house was spectacular. The performances roused the audience to their feet on several occasions and left us in no doubt that we had achieved what we set out to do… and cement Ballet in the Park as an annual fixture in the South West’s summer event calendar.