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Natalia Osipova

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Russian dancer Natalia Osipova is a Principal with The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company as a Principal in autumn 2013, after appearing as a Guest Artist the previous Season as Odette/Odile (Swan Lake) with Carlos Acosta. Her roles with the Company have since included Giselle, Juliet, Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Titania (The Dream) and roles in Serenade and DGV:Danse à grande vitesse, and she has created roles in Wayne McGregor's Tetractys – The Art of Fugue and Alastair Marriott's Connectome.

Born in Moscow, she began dancing at the age of five and aged eight joined the Mikhail Lavrosky Ballet School. From 1995 to 2004 she trained at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography and on graduating entered the corps of the Bolshoi Ballet, where she was promoted to principal in 2010. Significant roles there included Kitri (Don Quixote), Giselle, Nikiya and Gamzatti (La Bayadère), La Sylphide, Esmerelda, Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty) and Swanilda (Coppélia). In 2011 she left the Bolshoi to join the Mikhailovsky Ballet as a principal.

Osipova has appeared as a guest artist with companies around the world. In March 2012 she was named a principal at American Ballet Theatre, where she created the title role in Ratmansky's The Firebird. Her awards include Golden Masks for her performances in Tharp’s In the Upper Room (2008) and La Sylphide (2009), Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards (Best Female Dancer, 2007 and 2010) and Benois de la Danse Award (Best Female Dancer, 2008).

Videos

News and features

Giselle available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray

Giselle available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray

8 August 2014

Order Peter Wright’s production starring Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta now, and receive a discount.

Recommended recordings: Ballet DVDs (Summer 2014)

Recommended recordings: Ballet DVDs (Summer 2014)

3 June 2014

Recent releases include Roland Petit's Notre-Dame de Paris starring Natalia Osipova and Roberto Bolle.

Your reaction: The Dream / Connectome / The Concert

Your reaction: The Dream / Connectome / The Concert

1 June 2014

What did you think of The Royal Ballet's Mixed programme featuring works by Ashton, Marriott and Robbins?

Connectome: Cutting-edge ballet from cutting-edge science

Connectome: Cutting-edge ballet from cutting-edge science

28 May 2014

A new theory about what creates our memories, personality and intellect has influenced Alastair Marriott's new ballet.

Royal Ballet Leavers and Joiners: Mid-Season Update

Royal Ballet Leavers and Joiners: Mid-Season Update

12 March 2014

Three new Principals and six Artists have joined the Company during 2013/14.

Watch: Tetractys - The Art of Fugue in rehearsal

Watch: Tetractys - The Art of Fugue in rehearsal

13 February 2014

Watch Wayne McGregor rehearse with Lauren Cuthbertson, Natalia Osipova, Eric Underwood and Edward Watson.

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