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Natalia OsipovaBolshoi dancer


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#1 drb

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Posted 29 August 2005 - 06:43 AM

Here are some photos of the young Bolshoi dancer who was so impressive in Don Q and Spartacus at the Bolshoi's Met season this summer:
http://www.mmv.ru/p/...05/osipova.html
and
http://www.bolshoi.r...6=info&id26=269

#2 Marga

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Posted 29 August 2005 - 08:13 AM

Thank you for pointing us to those pictures and bio of Osipova, drb. We saw her in New York and she really made her mark! My daughter's friend (who went to Moscow for 2 years from our studio in Toronto) was Osipova's friend in Leonova's class -- they graduated together -- and spoke of how amazing she was. I am looking forward to watching her rise through the ranks.

#3 Azulynn

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Posted 29 August 2005 - 10:06 AM

What's her rank right now ? It might be written in Russian, but I can't read it. Hopefully I'll be able to see her next time the Bolshoi comes to France, but who knows when that will be...
By the way, could anyone give a link of a web page where the whole hierarchy of the Bolshoi is given, please, if there's any ? I never found any in English, and I'd be grateful ! :huh:

#4 Marc Haegeman

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Posted 29 August 2005 - 10:47 AM

Azulynn, Osipova is listed as a member of the corps de ballet on the Bolshoi website http://www.bolshoi.r...roupe/cdballet/ (in Russian).

#5 drb

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Posted 29 August 2005 - 03:48 PM

What's her rank right now ?

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The Bolshoi site seems to be reworking some of its English right now. But from the summer Met program Natalia was listed as corps (as Marc said re the Russian list), the fifth ( lowest) category. She was a standout in the first variation of Act 3 Grand Pas in Don Q, and as a shephardess in Spartacus. Not to worry, though, as she was still a student in September 2003, when she was the sensation of the La Scala Gala. There, she was considered moving in a modern piece and spectacular (if "too gymnastic") in a solo from Esmeralda. One of the photos above does exhibit a rather high extension... .

#6 drb

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 06:24 AM

Osipova in flight:
http://img.photobuck...xot/Osipova.jpg

#7 Mashinka

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 08:14 AM

I don't think that picture will win her many fans!

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 07:02 PM

Just noticed that Natalia Osipova is scheduled to dance Kitri at the Bolshoi on November 7:
http://www.bolshoi.r...sha&dynid26=606
Is anyone planning to attend?

Mashinka: I think I see what you mean about that photo...it isn't exactly a model of classical perfection. It was taken a short time prior to her performance in that role at the Met last summer, that I have to admit was The Peak Bolshoi Experience I had during those two weeks, despite the greatness of Masha Alexandrova. Tobi Tobias expressed my feelings with far greater articulation than I can manage. The quote from her review:
"...Now about that miracle. About two and a half hours after the curtain goes up, on comes a girl in a pale yellow tutu and dances the briefest of solos. It is composed largely of grands jetés. The girl is small and compactly built, with a look of childlike wonder about her. The jetés are incomparably light, a cross between floating and flying. There seems to be no effort behind them and no ego; they just happen. It’s one of those moments that occurs in ballet from time to time, when issues of classical technique drop out of the picture and all you see is pure dancing. One of those moments in which you understand perfectly what ballet is for or, perhaps, fall under its spell for the very first time. The dancer’s name is Natalia Osipova. She entered the company just last year."
http://www.artsjourn...g_at_wind.shtml

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 07:53 PM

I heartily agree, drb. I loved the well-rounded, mature artistry of Alexandrova, but Osipova, faced with a different kind of challenge, took away the breath of the whole audience.

Kitri would seem to be a great choice for her first full-length role. I eagerly anticipate reviews from any of our friends in Moscow.

#10 drb

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 08:49 AM

It seems to be "A Star is Born" time for Natalia. She's scheduled to dance Kitri opposite new Bolshoi star Denis Matvyenko in Don Q at The Bolshoi on May 18. Then again in London, the same pairing, on August 17 (the first cast!). To top it off, she dances Aspicia, the lead in Pharoah's Daughter on August 2 (matinee). She will also dance in Ratmansky's Go for Broke (Jeu de Cartes):
http://info.royalope...ccs=977&cs=2587

Her Bolshoi site now includes three photos, her legendary grand jete in Cinderella and photos from Jeu de Cartes, one partnered by Andrey Bolotin:
http://www.bolshoi.r...6=info&id26=269
The photo set is toward the upper right of the page. Click on photo to make it large.

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 10:03 AM

Is there any doubt now how she will fare at the 2006 Jackson IBC? All she has to do is show up. Anything less that a gold medal would be a huge disappointment.

Usually, the Bolshoi doesn't bother to send dancers to the IBCs outside of Russia unless they are 100% certain that those dancers will contend for gold. Thus, imagine the shock and horror when, in 1998, an American 'kid' (Rasta Thomas) beat the established Bolshoi principal Dmitri Belogolovtsev.

In Jackson, Osipova's major challenge will most likely come from another, less well known, Bolshoi corps member -- Anna Nikulina, who has already danced Odette-Odile at the Bolshoi but hasn't been as prominent as Osipova lately.

So Osipova is favored for gold and Nikulina for silver unless one of them has a problem in actual performance. If Japan's Misa Kuranaga still dances as I saw her at the 2002 Moscow IBC (Jr Gold), then she too will challenge Osipova, as will Natalia Domracheva (of the Ukrainian Ballet?) -- Leonid Sarafanov's petite partner in 2002, when he won the sr male gold in Moscow.

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 02:15 AM

I'm grateful to drb for quoting part of Tobi Tobias's review. Having now seen Osipova dance, I agree totally that:-

It’s one of those moments that occurs in ballet from time to time, when issues of classical technique drop out of the picture and all you see is pure dancing.


Osipova is so exceptional she appears to sit on the music somehow in those soaring jetés of hers and what I've seen of her dancing so far seems to indicate that intricate terre a terre steps are near perfectly performed. I'm a convert! :)

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 07:39 AM

...Osipova is so exceptional she appears to sit on the music somehow in those soaring jetés of hers and what I've seen of her dancing so far seems to indicate that intricate terre a terre steps are near perfectly performed. I'm a convert! :)


Now that this dancer, who was able to dominate a whole season with a 30-second solo, has had her St. Petersburg successes in Don Q and has been compared to Plisetskaya by Clement Crisp (Sunday's Links) in London, perhaps it is time to restart her thread. Have BT'ers seen any of her recent performances?

Crisp, giving her background before the beginning of his rave review:

Natalia Osipova is 20 years old. She has danced with the Bolshoi Ballet since 2003, when she graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet School. She is very pretty, dark-haired, with an enchanting smile and she has a technique no less enchanting – and brilliantissimo. Her coach/tutor (so essential for the shaping and flowering of young talent, as Russia knows, and the Royal Ballet has forgotten) is Marina Kondratieva, a memorably fine ballerina in earlier Bolshoi seasons.



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Posted 22 August 2006 - 08:10 AM

I saw her on Thursday in Don Quixote. I loved her. A lot of what's been said on this thread is very true. I was sitting way back up in the amphitheatre, but she drew me in and I couldn't take my eyes off her when she was on stage.

She just seemed to be having such a good time. So light, so young, so confident I forgot she was a ballet dancer - she was Kitri. It was the first time I'd seen Don Q and now I don't know how I can see it again and for it to be as enjoyable.

Technically she was brilliant, particularly on jumps. I longed for her to do more jumps! So light and flexible. She did some astonishing turns too, and it looked like she could turn forever.

When the performance was over I wanted her to do it all over again. It's quite a while since I felt that way after a ballet - perhaps the last time was when I saw Darcey Bussell in Pavane with Jonathon Cope about eighteen months ago, but Bussell was brilliant for different reasons - a dancer at the height of her powers, while Osipova has it all yet ahead of her.

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 08:34 AM

Clement Crisp compares Natalia Osipova's Kitri to that of Plisetskaya in the London Financial Times:
http://www.ft.com/cm...00779e2340.html

...flashing high over the stage in a sequence of jumps that had an electric vitality, an airy bravura, that I have not seen since Maya Plisetskaya showered us with stars in this same role 40 and more years ago. And thus Osipova conquered us, won our hearts, our cheers.... Her most immediate quality is her ballon and elevation, the way in which she takes to the air, places a sequence of dance higher than we expect...
She soars, happily, effortlessly, art concealing the hard labours of the studio. She has steely points, brilliancy in pirouettes, and knows that double fouettés are more amusing than singles. And she plays Kitri with such delight in the zany matter of the drama, flashes her smile, flounces and sparkles and beguiles her lover Basilio (and us), and never falls into the vulgarity trap. It is a performance wholly winning, sublimely apt, and fired by the very fact of her youthfulness. It is this freshness of her skills, the natural and happy way in which the impossible is shown, that added such lustre to her performance. She is a rare, lovely talent.


I am so pleased that she is doing well. I was just blown away last year when the Bolshoi was here, by every step she made. I don't think I have been so struck since Ashley Bouder made her debut in La Source. She reminds me of Bouder, fearless and just bounding on top of the music. She is, as Crisp says, simply irrestistable.


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