Natalia Osipova: The leading ballerina for a unique performance at Herodeion

Natalia Osipova: The leading ballerina for a unique performance at Herodeion
Natalia Osipova: The leading ballerina for a unique performance at Herodeion

THE Natalia Osipovaafter presenting the premiere of Carmen reimagined in Edinburgh and London, starring herself and a group of international dance stars, comes to Athens, in Conservatory of Herod Atticusfor a unique performance, the Thursday, September 8at 21:00.

Carmen reimagined through the eyes of acclaimed Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman allows the audience to see the play’s characters, Carmen, Don José and Escamillo, not only in front of, but also behind the lights, where the dancers develop their their own relationships, alongside those of the roles they play. The famous story of the classic Carmen, slowly intrudes into their real life.

Through rapid changes and scene reversals, the dancers alternately dress and undress their characters, making the line between myth and reality seem less clear. With strong body language, unparalleled theatricality and a quirky sense of humor, this contemporary take on Carmen bursts with energy and shines a new light on the star of classical ballet, award-winning Natalia Osipova, Principal Ballerina of the Royal Ballet of England.

A legendary dancer

Natalia Osipova was born in Moscow and studied at the Moscow Dance Academy. While still a student she won the Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition in Luxembourg (2003). In 2004, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet where she was immediately cast as principal dancer in Artistic Director Alexei Ratmansky’s Bolero and in several major works of the classical repertoire, such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

Very soon she was distinguished for her incomparable technique, the explosiveness of her jumps and the intensity of her acting and was invited to perform many iconic roles of classical ballet, such as Kitri in Don Quixote (2005) and Giselle in the work of the same name, directed by Yuri Grigarovich (2007). Alastair Macaulay, New York Times critic, wrote: “there are many Giselles, but only one Osipova.”

In 2009, Osipova made her American Ballet Theater debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, in the roles of Giselle and Sylphide. The same year she made her debut at La Scala in Nureyev’s Don Quixote, a role that also received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.

He has been honored with dozens of awards. After leaving the Bolshoi, she joined the English Royal Ballet as a principal dancer.


CARMEN reimagined

HERODEIO Thursday, September 8, at 9:00 p.m

In the role of Carmen, Natalia Osipova

They dance with her:

ESCAMILLO: Denis Matvienko

JOSE: Jason Kittelberger

MICHAELA: Hannah Ekholm


Direction / Choreography: Didy Veldman

Music Composition: Dave Price

Sets & Costumes: Nina Kobiashvili

Video Artists: Oleg Mikhailov, Eric Islamov

Lighting Design: Ben Ormerod

The article is in Greek

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