It’s out officially at last!
This is terrific news for both Natalia and the company – there is strong dramatic rep she can let rip in and the company get a massive injection of physical, artistic and marketing adrenalin.
What we need now is some matching news about reinforcing the principle boys side of the company.
Osipova interviewed about the move by Maria Sidelnikova in Kommersant – translated by Ismene Brown
TheArtsDesk coverage provides much useful background info – the story was out in Russia before London:
Covent Garden signs Osipova – but not partner Ivan Vasiliev
BalletcoForum – Discussion
Royal Opera House – short blog entry, but with discussion under
The full press release follows – to which we have added some pictures.
Monday 8th April 2013
Natalia Osipova to Join The Royal Ballet as a Principal Dancer
Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet today announced that the Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova will join the Company as a Principal Dancer from the 2013/14 Season. Her first performances will be as Juliet in Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, partnered by Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta.
Kevin O’Hare said “I’m delighted that Natalia will be joining us next Season and look forward to seeing her take on a full range of the Company’s heritage and modern repertory. She greatly enjoyed her guest performances with the Company as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake with Carlos earlier this Season and she is looking forward to becoming a full member of the Company in the autumn. She is a wonderful addition to our world class roster of Principals.”
Natalia Osipova was born in Moscow and started her ballet training at the age of five. At the age of eight she entered the Mikhail Lavrosvky Ballet School and then studied at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography from 1995-2004 with Marina Kotova and Marina Leonova. After graduating, she entered the Bolshoi Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and only a year later was asked to dance the lead role of Kitri in Alexei Fadeyechev’s production of Don Quixote for which she was highly acclaimed. In 2010 Osipova was promoted to Principal Dancer with the Bolshoi. The following year she joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company as a Principal.
Osipova is currently a Principal with both the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company and American Ballet Theatre.
Natalia Osipova’s professional awards include Grand Prix of the International Ballet Competition in Luxembourg (2003), 3rd prize in the tenth International Ballet Competition in Moscow (2005), the Rising Star prize from the Ballet magazine (Moscow, 2007), the Golden Mask Award as Best Female Dancer for her performance of Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room.
She was also selected “Female Dancer of the Year” by the German magazine Ballet-Tanz (Berlin). In 2008 and 2011, she received UK National Dance Awards as Best Female Dancer. In 2008, Natalia was awarded the Positano Dance Award Leonide Massine (Italy). She was also awarded the Special Prize of the Golden Mask jury as well as the Benois de la danse International Dance Association prize for her interpretation of the roles of Sylphide, Giselle, Medora (Le Corsaire), Jeanne (The Flames of Paris). She received Grand Prix of the International Dance Open Festival (2011).
The current roster of Royal Ballet Principals is: Carlos Acosta*, Leanne Benjamin, Federico Bonelli, Alina Cojocaru, Lauren Cuthbertson, Mara Galeazzi, Nehemiah Kish, Johan Kobborg, Sarah Lamb, Roberta Marquez, Steven McRae, Laura Morera, Marianela Nuñez, Rupert Pennefather, Thiago Soares, Edward Watson and Zenaida Yanowsky.
*Principal Guest Artist