It was only 18 months ago that the Russian ballerina, Natalia Osipova, shocked the dance world by leaving the Bolshoi Ballet, where she was considered a major star, to join the lesser-known Mikhailovsky Ballet in St. Petersburg. But on Monday, the Royal Opera House announced that Osipova will join the Royal Ballet as a principal dancer for the 2013-14 season, according to The New York Times ArtsBeat.
In an interview with the Russian newspaper, Kommersant, Osipova gave the same reason for her move from the Mikhailovsky to the Royal as she did for her move from the Bolshoi to the Mikhailovsky: repertoire. “I really would like to soak up the choreography that I haven’t yet mastered—ballets by Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan. It’s great that I can work with the company’s chief guest choreographers—with Christopher Wheeldon and Wayne McGregor, as well as the stunning young choreographer Liam Scarlett. This is a great chance.”
One controversial aspect of Osipova’s move to the Royal Ballet is how it will affect her relationship with American Ballet Theatre, where she also holds a principal dancer contract, with commitments running through the 2014 season. Sergei Danilian, Osipova’s agent, was quoted on Monday in Kommersant, saying that ABT artistic director Kevin McKenzie “did not hide his frustration, as the spring season in London coincides with New York, but this is a new reality that will have to be dealt with somehow. It is difficult to say how it will be settled, but the fact remains that there are conflicting interests, and we will hope for the wisdom of the leaders of the two companies to settle it.”
In the Kommersant interview, Osipova, who has previously danced as a guest artist with the Royal Ballet, said that she will go on performing with the Mikhailovsky Ballet, as a guest artist, and that she will continue to dance with ABT. “ABT is a part of my life, but I am happy with the relationship that I have with them. I go there, dance at the Metropolitan, and leave,” she said, according to a translation of the interview.
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Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, major stars of the ballet world and two of Russia’s best-known classical artists, said this week that they were leaving the storied Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow for the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The New York Times reported that while a blow to the Bolshoi, which recently reopened after a long renovation, their defection is a coup for the Mikhailovsky, a lesser-known house that has received a large infusion of money from fruit tycoon Vladimir Kekhman, its general director.
Osipova, 25, and Vasiliev, 22, who are a couple, said they were leaving for “artistic freedom,” namely the chance to dance with other companies in addition to the Mikhailovsky and to broaden their repertories. They will first perform there on December 1 at a gala. The company’s artistic director, choreographer Nacho Duato, will create a full-length work for them to perform in 2012.
The news comes nearly two months after David Hallberg, a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, announced that he was joining the Bolshoi, a rare move that was partly inspired by the chance to partner with Osipova.
In the interview Osipova said she would continue to dance with Hallberg. “We share the stage at American Ballet Theatre,” she said, pointing out that after a Giselle that they recently danced together at the Bolshoi, no other joint engagements there had been planned
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Ballet in Cinema will present the Bolshoi Ballet in a performance of Coppélia that will be broadcast live to cinemas across the United States and Canada on May 29. The ballet stars Natalia Osipova, honored as Best Female Dancer in the 2010 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.
Original choreography is by Marius Petipa and Enrico Cecchetti, recreated by Sergei Vikharev. Music is by Leo Delibes. The cast includes Osipova as Swanilda, Vyacheslav Lopatin as Frantz, and Gennadi Yanin as Coppélius.
The live broadcast begins at 11am EDT—8am on the West Coast. Several theaters in California and other Western states are giving late sleepers a break by delaying their showings until June 4 or later. For more information on dates, times, and locations, visit www.balletincinema.com.
Upcoming performances include Swan Lake from the Bolshoi in June, and Children of Paradise from the Paris Opera Ballet in July. Visit www.balletincinema.com for details.