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Watch: Natalia Osipova on Onegin – ‘A dream for any ballerina’

The Royal Ballet Russian Principal discusses the challenge of taking on the complex role of Tatiana.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

30 January 2015 at 5.24pm | 2 Comments

Eugene Onegin is one of the treasures of Russia,’ says Royal Ballet Principal Natalia Osipova of a work taught in schools across her vast native country, ‘but we only truly begin to understand it when we grow up’.

‘The character of Tatiana means a lot to me. It’s a very interesting role for a ballerina to play, especially for me as a Russian. While I’ve been preparing for the role, I’ve constantly referred to the book. Every rehearsal makes me rethink and improve my character.’

Onegin tells the story of a bookish country girl who falls in love with a mysterious stranger, Eugene Onegin. Her heart is broken however, when he coldly rejects her. They meet again years later in a ballroom in St. Petersburg, their lives irreversibly changed through jealousy and regret.

‘There are fabulous duets,’ says Natalia of John Cranko’s energetic and emotive choreography. ‘They’re so unbelievably sensuous, so unbelievably beautiful and merely rehearsing them brings great pleasure. It’s a dream for any ballerina.’

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The production is given with generous philanthropic support from Simon and Virginia Robertson, David Hancock, Lady Jarvis, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, Sir Roger and Lady Carr, The Artists' Circle and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

30 January 2015 at 5.24pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by John Cranko, interview, Natalia Osipova, Onegin, Production, Rehearsal

This article has 2 comments

  1. Sylvie Williams responded on 12 February 2015 at 7:11pm Reply

    Saw Onegin last Saturday with Osipova and Golding and it took my breath away........have seen it before and loved it but I have never seen it danced like this before.....unforgettable....and a be there.......thank you Natalia x

  2. Saw the dress rehearsal on 23 January with Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding, Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball, and it touched me deeply. The dancing and the acting were superb, and the hands were especially expressive. I was taught mime at the RBS and never forgot that hands were key. Natalia developed the character so was crystal clear. Thank you.

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