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Guest stars with The Royal Ballet

Posted on July 19, 2012

The Royal Ballet has announced that Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova will dance with the company as a guest artist in Swan Lake on October 10, 13 and 25. Osipova, one of the most exciting ballerinas of her generation, will be partnered by principal guest artist Carlos Acosta.

Tamara Rojo, who leaves The Royal Ballet as principal dancer at the end of the 2011–12 season to direct English National Ballet, will appear alongside Sergei Polunin in Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand next spring. The couple are scheduled to perform the ballet on February 12, 15 and 21. Since his departure from The Royal Ballet, Polunin has been dancing with the Stanislavsky Ballet in Moscow, most recently in Roland Petit’s version of Coppélia.

The photograph above by Frederika Davis show Natalia Osipova with Ivan Vasiliev in Don Quixote.

Jonathan Gray is editor of Dancing Times. He studied at The Royal Ballet School, Leicester Polytechnic, and Wimbledon School of Art where he graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. For 16 years he was a member of the curatorial department of the Theatre Museum, London, assisting on a number of dance-related exhibitions, and helping with the recreation of original designs for a number of The Royal Ballet’s productions including Danses concertantes, Daphnis and Chloë, and The Sleeping Beauty. He has also contributed to the Financial Times, written programme articles for The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and is co-author of the book Unleashing Britain: Theatre gets real 1955-64, published in 2005.

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