World-famous Bolshoi Ballet Star Natalia Osipova
Born in Moscow. In 2004, on completing her training at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography, where she studied in rector Marina Leonova's classs, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet. Her coach at the theatre is Marina Kondrateva. In December 2011, she joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company.
December 2005 - she danced Kitri in Don Quixote (choreography Marius Petipa, A. Gorsky in a version by S. Bobrov) at the Krasnoyarsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet.
In 2006, she took part in the 20th International Ballet Festival in Havana, dancing with Ivan Vasiliev (Bolshoi Ballet) the pas de deux from Boris Asfiev's The Flames of Paris (choreograqphy V. Vaynonen) and the pas de deux from Don Quixote.
2007 - at the Gala Concert which completed the 7th Maryinsky International Ballet Festival she danced Kitri in Don Quixote (partner Maryinsky Theatre soloist - Leonid Sarafanov) and the pas de deux from Le Corsaire (partner - Sarafanov);
- at the International Dance Salad Festival (Wortham Theater Center, Huston, USA) she appeared with Bolshoi Ballet leading soloist Andrei Mercuriev in Alexei Ratmansky's Middle Duet;
- at the Gala Concert in honor of Maya Plisetskaya, held at the Teatro Real, Madrid, she danced the pas de deux from Don Quixote (partner - Bolshoi Ballet premier Dmitry Belogolovtsev).
2008 - with Ivan Vasiliev she took part in the Stars of Today and Tomorrow Gala Concert (pas de deux from The Flames of Paris), which wound up the Youth America Grand Prix 9th International Competition of Ballet School Pupils, founded in 1999 by former Bolshoi Ballet dancers Gennadi Saveliev and Larisa Savelieva;
within the framework of the Rudolph Nureyev International Festival of Classical Ballet, she danced the title role in Giselle, in Kazan, with the Ballet Company of the Musa Djalil Tartar Theatre of Opera and Ballet (Count Albrecht - Andrei Mercuriev), she also took part in the Gala Concerts which wound up the Festival, dancing the pas de deux from The Flames of Paris (partner - Bolshoi Theatre soloist Ivan Vasiliev);
she took part in the Gala Concert of ballet dancers at the Lyons Amphitheatre des Trois Gaules (variations and coda from Don Quixote, pas de deux from The Flames of Paris, partner - Ivan Vasiliev);
she appeared in the title role of La Sylphide (choreography August Bournonville in a version by Johan Cobborg) in Zurich with the Ballet Company of Zurich Opera;
she appeared in the title role of the Novosibirsk State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet production of Giselle (Count Albrecht - Ivan Vasiliev);
2009 - she danced Nikia in La Bayadere (choreography Marius Petipa, in a version by V. Ponomaryov, V. Chabukiani, with individual dances by Konstantin Sergeyev, N. Zubkovsky; staged by Igor Zelensky) in Novosibirsk, with the Novosibirsk with the Novosibirsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet Ballet Company (Solor - Ivan Vasiliev);
As ABT guest artist, she took part in this Company's productions at the Met., appearing in the title roles of Giselle (choreography Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa; Count Albrecht - David Holberg) and La Sylphide (choreography August Bournonville in a version by Erik Bruhn; James - Herman Cornejo).
She won Grand Prix at Prix de Luxembourg International Ballet Competition (2003) and the 3rd prize at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow (2005).
In 2007, she was awarded Soul of Dance Prize in the category "Rising Star" from Ballet Magazine.
In 2008, she received National Dance Awards Critics' Circle (after the Bolshoi Theatre tour in London) in the category "Best Female Dancer" and became a recipient of The Golden Mask Award for her performance in the ballet In the Upper Room.
In 2008, she won the Leonid Massine Prize, awarded each year in Positano (Italy), in the Significance of Talent category.
In 2009, (together with Vyacheslav Lopatin) she was awarded the Special Prize of the Golden Mask jury (for best duet in La Sylphide, 2007/8 season) and 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).
Interpolated pas de deux (Giselle. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Nancy (La Sylphide. Choreography by August Bournonville)
11th Waltz (Chopiniana)
Spanish Doll (Nutcracker. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Mustardseed (A Midnight's Summer Dream. John Neumeier production) - creation at Bolshoi Theatre
Spanish Bride (Swan Lake. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Soloist (Passacaille to music by Anton von Webern Roland Petit production)
Typist/Typists (Bolt. Music by Dmitry Shostakovich. Alexei Ratmansky production) - creation at Bolshoi Theatre
1st variation grand pas (Don Quixote. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Cinderella (The Sleeping Beauty. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Frivolity (Les Presages to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Choreography by Leonide Massine)
Cancan Soloist (Gaite Parisienne to music by Jacques Offenbach. Choreography by Leonide Massine) - creation in Russia
Dryad/Four Dryads, Kitri (Don Quixote. Alexei Fadeyechev production)
Soloist Part 3 (Symphony in C)
2 nd variation in The Shadows (La Bayadere. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Soloist (Jeu de cards. Music by Igor Stravinsky. Alexei Ratmansky production) - creation at Bolshoi Theatre
Waltz Soloist/Soloists (creation), Autumn (Cinderella. Yuri Possokhov and Yuri Borisov production)
Ramze, Aspicia (La Fille du Pharaon. Production by Pierre Lacotte after Marius Petipa)
Manka Fart (Bolt, Alexei Ratmansky production)
Gamzatti (La Bayadere)
Soloist (Serenade. Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, choreography by George Balanchine) - was among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre
Soloist (In the Upper Room. Music by Philip Glass, choreography by Twyla Tharp)
Balerina (The Bright Stream. Music by Dmitry Shostakovich. Alexei Ratmansky production) - was among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre
Soloist (Middle Duet. Music by Yuri Khanon, choreography by Alexei Ratmansky)
Class Concert (Music by different composers, choreography by Asaf Messerer)
Pas de Trois des Odalisques (Le Corsaire. Production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka after Marius Petipa)
Title role (Giselle by Adolphe Adam, choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa in a version by Yuri Grigorovich)
Title role (Herman Levenskiold's La Sylphide; choreography by August Bournonville in a version by Johan Kobborg)
Jeanne (Boris Asfiev's The Flames of Paris. Production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky after Vasily Vainonen)
Couple in Red (Russian Seasons. Music by Leonid Desyatnikov, choreography by Alexei Ratmansky) - was among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre
Variation (Paquita. Staging and new choreographic version by Yuri Burlaka)
Swanilda (Coppelia. Choreography by Marius Petipa and Enrico Cecchetti; revival and new choreographic version by Sergei Vikharev)
Nikia (La Bayadere)
Esmeralda (Esmeralda by Cesare Pugni, choreography by Marius Petipa, staging and new choreographic version by Yuri Burlaka and Vasily Medvedev)
In 2004, she participated in the 1st Bolshoi Theatre's workshop (Bolero. Alexei Ratmansky production).
In 2007, she appeared in Tumbling Old Women to music by Leonid Desyatnikov (choreography Alexei Ratmansky), first performed at the Territory Festival and then under the auspices of the Bolshoi Theatre Studio of New Choreography.
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