Natalia Osipova and Guests, 12 août 2016 19:30, Festival Theatre
Multi award-winning Russian classical ballerina Natalia Osipova, and a company of dancers, perform three brand new dance works created specially for her. She is a force of nature, a major international star in the dance world, celebrated for her brilliant technique, vivid characterisation and electrifying energy.
In her debut incursion into contemporary dance, Osipova performs new works inspired by her astonishing talent, by three of today’s most influential choreographers: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Arthur Pita.
Natalia Osipova joined the Royal Ballet as Principal in 2013, following periods at the Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Now at the top of her profession, she is exploring new means of artistic expression, and has specially commissioned this trilogy of new works.
She is joined in two of the commissions by exceptional Ukrainian ballet star Sergei Polunin, a remarkable talent who became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever Principal at the age of 19, later drawing international attention when he controversially walked out of the company in 2013.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has created a new trio for Osipova and two male dancers, Jason Kittelberger (formerly of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet) and Vu Anh Pham (formerly of Australian contemporary dance group Chunky Move). Cherkaoui’s new trio features his trademark mix of movement vocabularies and musical genres. He is Director of the Royal Ballet Flanders, and has choreographed for theatre and film as well as dance stage works including zero degrees and Sutra.
Russell Maliphant has collaborated with figures including Sylvie Guillem and Robert Lepage, and has choreographed a new duet for Osipova and Polunin, with a soundtrack by UK composer and sound artist Scanner. Celebrated choreographer and director Arthur Pita has created a new dark, comedic duet for Osipova and Polunin, drawing on their outstanding acting abilities.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Russell Maliphant / Arthur Pita