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The Leaves are Fading by Antony Tudor

Flutter by Iván Pérez

In Absentia by Kim Brandstrup

Six Years Later by Roy Assaf

Ave Maria by Yuka Oishi

Valse Triste  by Alexei Ratmansky

Ballet and contemporary dance fans will adore the chance to see one of the greatest living ballerinas Natalia Osipova at the Sydney Opera House this week. Doubling as Artistic Director she features in a showcase titled ‘Pure Dance’ which has so far toured through London, New York, Lyon France; then later in the year will travel back to Sadlers Wells and across to the Bolshoi.

Osipova’s rise to fame has been well earned through exceptional hard work, stunning talent, determination and known as a consummate professional 24/7. The ultimate perfectionist, she rose through the ranks at the Bolshoi to Principal Artist and has continued to grow her reputation to celebrity status via the Mikhailovsky Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Royal Ballet.

Touring with her are three leading dancers. Jonathan Goddard, founding member of the New Movement Collective, featured with Rambert company and other British based companies; also Jason Kittelberger who has a broad base of knowledge in dance and acting, working with Rochester City Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and working in film including training Emily Blunt for The Adjustment Bureau. Special guest for this tour is American born David Hallberg , Premier Dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet and Principal of the American Ballet Theatre with guest appearances including La Scala, Paris Opera Ballet, Kiev Ballet and Royal Swedish Ballet. Continue reading NATALIA OSIPOVA’S PURE DANCE WITH DAVID HALLBERG


Second ImageIgnore the ridiculous Victorian /Gilbert and Sullivan plot with its moral twist at the end, just sit back, relax and admire the spectacle and superb, dazzling dancing.

Yet again the Bolshoi field a gigantic cast with umpteen lines of soldiers, peasants , bandits etc. Lacotte’s choreography where appropriate is full of wonderful intricate patterns and lines displaying the corps de ballet to great advantage. Interestingly , for me, the choreography for a lot of the work seems to have a bouncy Bournonville feel rather than coming from the ‘Russian’ school, with so many beautiful bouncy soft jumps and impeccable ballon , legs rapidily beaten in lots of jumps, feet fluttering in inumerable ronds de jambe en l’air , many sequences of complicated showy jumps and turns.

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