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Force of Nature Natalia

Posted on May 8, 2019

A new film documentary about Royal Ballet principal Natalia Osipova will premiere on June 6 at the Curzon Mayfair at 6.30pm.

Director Gerald Fox follows a year in the life of Osipova, taking the audience on a journey to the heart of the Royal Opera House, home of the Royal Ballet, through the labyrinthine backstage corridors to watch Osipova in rehearsal.

The works include Natalia Makarova’s revival of La Bayadere which requires Osipova to dance both lead roles – Gamzatti and Nikiya – on alternate nights; Arthur Pita’s new dance/theatre work The Mother with the critically acclaimed dancer Jonathan Goddard, which has its London premiere at Southbank Centre on June 20; Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s new piece, Medusa, with the Royal Ballet, which opens May 8; and, finally, an up-close-and-personal glimpse of Natalia and her partner, Jason Kittelberger, rehearsing their new contemporary piece, I’m Fine.

Considered one of the world’s greatest ballet dancers, Natalia Osipova is much in demand by audiences, ballet companies, choreographers, photographers and collaborators all over the world.

Above: Scenes from Forces of Nature Natalia. Photographs by Justine Waddell (1-4), Dina Makaroff (5-7) and Mikah Smillie (8-10)

Force of Nature Natalia promises to reveal what goes into bringing a work of dance into the light, while Osipova’s rich history is explored through clips of Royal Ballet productions of Swan Lake and Giselle,as well as hitherto unseen footage from her personal archive.

Born in Moscow, Osipova began training at the age of eight and, on graduating from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography, went straight into the corps of the Bolshoi Ballet, dancing principal roles from the age of 17. In 2012 she became Principal at American Ballet Theatre and joined the Royal Ballet as Principal in 2013.

The premiere of Force of Nature Natalia takes place onJune 6 at the Curzon Mayfair at 6.30pm, with a Q&A with Fox and Osipova, with an extra screening at 3pm on Sunday June 9, again with a Q&A with director and star.

To book, click here. The film will be on UK-wide cinema release from June 7 (see screening details here) with the Sky Arts TV broadcast on June 18. Click here to view the trailer.

Main image: Natalia Osipova. Photograph by Rick Guest with Olivia Pomp

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, is out now as an ebook and available on Amazon, with the paperback following on August 22.

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