Natalia Osipova, Dancer
Natalia Osipova was born in Moscow in 1986. She graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 2004 (class of Marina Leonova) and joined Bolshoi Ballet the same year. She was promoted to the rank of First Soloist in January 2008 and to Leading Soloist in October of that year. In May 2010 she was named a Principal dancer of the company. Her coach there is the legendary Bolshoi dancer Marina Kondratieva.
Ms. Osipova's repertoire with the Bolshoi includes Gamzatti and Nikiya in La Bayadère; Medora in Le Corsaire; Kitri in Don Quixote; Jeanne in Alexei Ratmansky's The Flames of Paris; Ramze and Aspicia in The Pharaoh's Daughter; Swanilda in Coppélia; title roles in Giselle and Yuri Burlaka's La Esmeralda; Sylph in La Sylphide; the Ballerina in Ratmansky's The Bright Stream; and principal roles in Leonide Massine's Les Presages (Frivolity); Ratmansky's Middle Duet, Russian Seasons (Girl in Red), and Jeu de Cartes; Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room; Asaf Messerer's Class Concert; as well as George Balanchine's Serenade (Russian Dance) and Symphony in C (3rd Movement).
She originated featured roles in Mr. Possokhov's Cinderella and Mr. Ratmansky's Bolero, the Bolt, and Jeu De Cartes.
Ms. Osipova's has appeared as a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet (Kitri in Don Quixote, the title role in Giselle), Zurich Ballet (Sylph in La Sylphide), the Mikhailovsky Ballet (the title role in Giselle), the Novosibirsk State Ballet (Nikiya in La Bayadère , Kitri in Don Quixote, the title role in Giselle), Teatro alla Scala (Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote), Paris Opera Ballet (Doll in Petrushka, Clara in Rudolf Nureyev's The Nutcracker), and American Ballet Theater (title role in Giselle, Sylph in La Sylphide, Kitri in Don Quixote, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and Juliet in MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet).
Her awards include the Grand Prix at the Prix de Luxembourg International Ballet Competition (2003); the Bronze Medal in the Senior Division - Moscow International Ballet Competition (2005); Russian Ballet Magazine's Soul of the Dance Award in the "Rising Star" category (2007); Russia's National Theater Award, the Golden Mask, for her performance in Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room (2008); Britain's Critics' Circle National Dance Awards – Best Female Dancer of 2007; Leonide Massine's Positano Dance Award and the Benois de la Danse Award as Best Female Dancer, both in 2008; as well as a Golden Mask (Special Jury Prize) for her duet with Vyachaslav Lopatin in La Sylphide (2009).
Alexei Ratmansky's The Flames of Paris, starring Ms. Osipova, was recently filmed by Bel Air Classiques for future DVD release. The performance was transmitted live into movie theaters across Europe.