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Cast changes: Autumn 2015 performances of Romeo and Juliet, Connectome, Tchaikovsky pas de deux and Carmen

Natalia Osipova unable to dance her scheduled performances due to injury.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

17 September 2015 at 1.59pm | 20 Comments

Due to injury, Natalia Osipova will not dance her scheduled performances during Autumn Season 2015.

Replacement casting is as follows:

For performances of Romeo and Juliet on 26 September, 1 October and 11 November, she will be replaced by Sarah Lamb.

For performances of Connectome on 6, 10, 20 and 22 October, she will be replaced by Lauren Cuthbertson.

For performances of Tchaikovsky Pas de deux on 26 October, 6 and 12 November she will be replaced by Iana Salenko.

For performances of Carmen on 28 and 31 October, and 2 November, she will be replaced by Laura Morera.

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By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

17 September 2015 at 1.59pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Alastair Marriott, by Kenneth Macmillan, Carmen, cast change, Connectome, Natalia Osipova, Production, Romeo and Juliet, Tchaikovsky pas de deux

This article has 20 comments

  1. Harriet responded on 17 September 2015 at 3:14pm Reply

    Oh no! Terrible news. But hope she makes a good, full recovery (hopefully she will be better for Giselle next year).

    Natalia seems to have been plagued by small injuries lately... Hopefully this big break will allow her to heal properly. Is there any word on what her injury is?

  2. Marilyn weston responded on 17 September 2015 at 4:04pm Reply

    So sorry about this news
    Hope she is better for giselle
    What is her injury?

  3. This is a great shame, I hope Natalia recovers soon. Are you able to tell us more about the injury? - sounds serious if she will not be dancing for the whole of the autumn...

  4. Angela Hurlstone responded on 17 September 2015 at 5:30pm Reply

    So sad to hear that. We were looking forward to seeing her perform. My son totally fell in love with her during her performance of Woolf Works; he said it was the most amazing dance he had ever seen, Natalia was stunning. Wish you well Natalia for a speedy recovery, take good care of yourself.

  5. Diana Mitchell responded on 17 September 2015 at 8:52pm Reply

    This must be so frustrating for her ... another injury so soon after the last one. This is a big worry.

    I and many, many others wish her a very speedy and a good recovery.
    I wonder if she is simply being over worked and doing far too much.

  6. maria protopopov responded on 17 September 2015 at 11:05pm Reply

    Natasha is always cancelling. Getting to be a habit with her.

    • Nick Byrne responded on 18 September 2015 at 10:14am

      I feel this comment is at best ungenerous and unsympathetic, and at worst inappropriate and petulant. From what I have heard this is a serious setback, and one which is awful for the dancer. Such injuries are of course disappointing and frustrating for us the spectator, but there is nothing a company can do...

    • K R responded on 18 September 2015 at 10:15am

      Unfortunately you have a point. I have had a run of "bad luck" trying to catch her as I am out-of-town for long periods. She is a member of two other companies I believe: the Saint Petersburg Ballet + ABT? Plus many other guest appearances. A complete rest would seem to be the answer at this time.

    • Sasha responded on 18 September 2015 at 10:24am

      I don't really know what you expect? You'd like her to perform with a serious injury because her habit of cancelling is annoying? Other dancers also cancel as soon as they're injured... thet don't just cancel for no good reason, & I can certainly name others in the world who suffer badly with being injured. It's the right thing to do. Annoying I'm sure, but more devastating for the dancer than the disappointed ballet goers.

      It is highly possible she's been dancing on top of small injuries, or her previous injuries didn't heal in full. And all the dancing she's been doing has no doubt made it worse. Has she even had a break this last year? I hope her injury is not too severe.

      I wish her the best of course. Was looking forward to her Juliet but will still keep my fingers crossed she's recovered for Giselle.

  7. António Fialho Pinto responded on 18 September 2015 at 8:36am Reply

    We are going to England from Portugal, precisely to see Natalia Osipova, next November. However do to the highest quality of the dancers that are going to replace her we will, I hope, to go there anyway and love the performances. However we would like to know more about Natalia Osipova miss fortune and ask you to indicate me where to read about her injury, which seems to be serious and wish her a quick recovery.
    Thanks in advance
    A. Fialho Pinto

  8. Charlie responded on 18 September 2015 at 3:24pm Reply

    Get well soon Natalia!! Far better to take proper time off to recover and have a long and successful career. Antonio - Sarah Lamb is an absolutely superb dancer, so don't cancel those flights!! We were going to see Natalia in Connectome, but I'm glad to see that we'll get the opportunity to see Lauren Cuthbertson, who also of course had to suffer from a long lay off due to illness.

  9. Morotn responded on 19 September 2015 at 6:56am Reply

    Very disturbing! She was injured 3 times during the last RB season and then again at ABT in the spring. I think it's because she pushes the envelope, is never content with just hiow great she was the previous time. She must of course take her time to recuperate. But will the Royal Ballet tell us how serious her injury is? There seems to be a code of silence in the ballet world about injured dancers.

  10. Natascha responded on 19 September 2015 at 8:58pm Reply

    ooh I am disappointed because I love to watch Natalia dance but wish Natalia a good recovery and look forward to seeing her dance again when properly healed

  11. Not to start any rumours but ABT audiences saw Natalia getting injured during a performance of Giselle this summer which she bravely finished but looked visibly hurt afterwards. She was able to perform some contemporary roles afterwards but not classical ones so the injury is likely to be something that's aggravated by or precludes classical steps eg pointe work or pirouettes, etc. It's certainly not a random cancellation. I did manage to catch her full length Onegin and La Fille mal Gardee early in the season where she gave 110% (if you know what I mean) and was incredible. She also gave an extra performance of Swan Lake to cover an injured colleague.

    FYI she never danced with St Petersburg Ballet Theatre but instead was a principal at Mikhailovsky Ballet which she has relinquished along with her ABT full time position.

  12. Josh Petersen responded on 23 October 2015 at 1:16am Reply

    I'd be very curious to know what the position of the Royal Ballet management, and its reaction to, the news that Ms Osipova, having cancelled her ROH appearances for the entire October/November period, is now scheduled to dance two performances of Manon at La Scala, Milan in early to mid November. It smacks of a breach of contract to me.

    • ML responded on 27 October 2015 at 12:03pm

      That's interesting but it could simply be that La Scala haven't updated their casting information on their website, or are delaying it till nearer the time. The word now is that Natalia underwent surgery after she had repeated injuries on that same foot and is now having rehabilitation on it. It will be illuminating to see what they say on Nov 17!

    • Yamile responded on 28 October 2015 at 3:35am

      I'm very interested in this also. She is not only performing at La Scala but isn't she also performing with Polunin in December for several dates as well?
      Do you think she maybe leaving RB? (Especially now that she is in a relationship with Polunin who seems to only dance primarily in Russia?)

  13. Crikey Josh, that is a disappointing discovery, I had booked Romeo and Julliet specifically to see her and Muntagirov on 11 Nov and she is down to dance in Milan on 18th and 20th Nov... oh dear oh dear. I'd actually booked the whole autumn programme to try and see her again, even booked the first performance of the first thing on this season, to try avoid any further injury absences. Maybe as Wheeldon is partly creating his new piece on her, we may get better luck in february, not holding my breath now... the silence speaks volumes!

    • ML responded on 27 October 2015 at 12:14pm

      Kj, I think the problem is that if she'd danced the Romeo with Vadim and Tchaikovsky pdd with Steven she would have had to be fit enough as well as on form technique-wise by September and October. In the cinema relay of Romeo they had shown her starting rehearsals with Vadim, but as they are a new partnership they would have needed more time. There would also have been the question of whether her two partners should be required to undertake rehearsals with two different partners so that Natalia could return in November- bearing in mind Steven already had to do this for Romeo to cover Pennefather's departure. If both had heavy rehearsal commitments that could be a reason why Natalia was taken out rather than her making the decision to withdraw. With La Scala the 2 shows are very close together in November, so she didn't have to be ready by September or October.

  14. L A responded on 28 October 2015 at 9:18am Reply

    I'm thinking maybe Natalia would like to be dancing in Russia with her man Sergei. I hope so.

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