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.
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.
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.