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UPDATE: Osipova concussed during performance

Posted on February 10, 2014


rbartoffuguejpNatalia Osipova was injured while dancing the matinée performance Wayne McGregor’s new ballet Tetractys – The Art of Fugue on Saturday, February 8. With Osipova injured, and fellow cast member Thiago Soares unwell, The Royal Ballet was forced to cancel the evening performance of the work.

Kevin O’Hare, director of The Royal Ballet, came on stage at the start of the evening performance to announce the cancellation. He explained that Osipova had been advised to rest for 48 hours, and that Tetractys would not be performed that night. Audience members were offered full refunds if they chose to leave immediately, or partial refunds if they stayed to see the other two ballets on the bill, Frederick Ashton’s Rhapsody and Kenneth MacMillan’s Gloria. Very few people left.

In a press release, The Royal Ballet stated: “It is clearly an unusual step to cancel a performance, but the complex nature of Tetractys – The Art of Fugue has made it impossible to rehearse a second cast in the time available. We are hopeful that the cast will have recovered in time for the next performance of the mixed programme on Tuesday, February 11.” 

Osipova’s injury has been attributed to an onstage collision with another dancer. She covered up the accident with complete success: critics and audience members at Saturday’s matinée had not noticed anything wrong. 


UPDATE: The Royal Ballet has announced that, following medical guidelines, Natalia Osipova is gradually returning to her full rehearsal and performance schedule. She will be unable to perform her role in Tetractys – The Art of Fugue on Tuesday 11, but is expected to appear in the ballet on Thursday, February 13. Thiago Soares has made a full recovery, and is scheduled to perform on Tuesday 11.


Picture: Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova in Tetractys – The Art of Fugue. Photograph: ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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