Technically genius, passionate, flamboyant and miraculously strong ballerina!
With her beautiful and exquisite movements she also brings so much of her personality, so you believe the story she tells on stage. And this makes her performances unforgettable.
Personally, I believe that she is absolutely MUST SEEN ballerina.
On December we attended the one of the most sophisticated ballets - Jewels by Balanchine. We have already seen Jewels performed by Bolshoi earlier this year when Bolshoi came to Covent Garden and we had a chance to see Evgenia Obraztsova in Emeralds, Ekaterina Shipulina in Rubies and Olga Smirnova in Diamonds.
This time in Royal Ballet's version Natalia Osipova ( a jewel herself ! ) amazed us in Rubies. Her partner in Rubies was another great RB principal Stephen McRae (absolutely adored him in La Fille Mal Gardee).
We enjoyed so much this virtuoso performance!
We were happy to see Thiago Soares and Marianela Nunez in Diamonds as well !
Famous ballet choreographed by George Balanchine, music by Gabriel Faure, Igor Stravinsky and P. I. Tchaikovsky.
"Balanchine was inspired to create a ballet around the idea of gemstones when he met Claude Arpels, the jeweller.
The ballet grew in scale from Balanchine's original one-act conception until it was full-evening length; it is often known as " the first three -act plotless ballet". Each of its three section ( often described in jewellers' language as "panels" ) had its own composer: Faure for Emeralds, Stravinsky for Rubies, Tchaikovsky for Diamonds." (Deborah Bull & Luke Jennings " The Faber Pocket Guide to Ballet")
If you haven't seen this ballet before, it's time to fill this gap, as Bolshoi will be broadcasting Jewels live on 19 January, you can watch it on their youtube channel , follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BrSxeP1X_c&list=UUUimBc08CcsoCvP_WlYJl0Q
So don't forget and make a note in your diary: 19 January at 19:00 ( Moscow time)
Photo credits: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/dance/10544592/The-Nutcracker-Royal-Ballet-Covent-Garden-review.html