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Natalia Osipova and Guests

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Russell Maliphant / Arthur Pita

Multi award-winning Russian classical ballerina Natalia Osipova, and a company of dancers, perform three brand new dance works created specially for her.

Natalia Osipova is a force of nature, a major international star in the dance world, celebrated for her brilliant technique, vivid characterisation and electrifying energy. 

In her incursion into contemporary dance, Osipova performs new works inspired by her astonishing talent, by three of today’s most influential choreographers: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Arthur Pita.

Natalia Osipova joined the Royal Ballet as Principal in 2013, following periods at the Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Now at the top of her profession, she is exploring new means of artistic expression, and has specially commissioned this trilogy of new works.

She is joined in two of the commissions by exceptional Ukrainian ballet star Sergei Polunin, a remarkable talent who became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever Principal at the age of 19, later drawing international attention when he controversially walked out of the company in 2013.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has created a new trio for Osipova and two male dancers, Jason Kittelberger (formerly of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet) and James O'Hara. Cherkaoui’s new trio features his trademark mix of movement vocabularies and musical genres. He is Director of the Royal Ballet Flanders, and has choreographed for theatre and film as well as dance stage works including zero degrees and Sutra.

Russell Maliphant has collaborated with figures including Sylvie Guillem and Robert Lepage, and has choreographed a new duet for Osipova and Polunin, with a soundtrack by UK composer and sound artist Scanner. Celebrated choreographer and director Arthur Pita has created a new dark, comedic duet for Osipova and Polunin, drawing on their outstanding acting abilities.

Natalia Osipova and Guests is a Sadler’s Wells production.

Visceral, emotional intensity blended with impressive technical excellence

Huffington Post

Pita’s theatrical choreography blends sweet fantasy with grisly reality.

The Times

Contains themes of an adult nature

A Sadler’s Wells production

Natalia Osipova Performer

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui Choreographer
Fabiana Piccioli Lighting designer
Dancers Natalia Osipova, Jason Kittelberger and James O'Hara

Silent Echo
Russell Maliphant Choreographer
Michael Hulls Lighting designer
Scanner Music and sound design
Dancers Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin

Run Mary Run
Arthur Pita Choreographer
The Shangri-Las, The Crystals and David Lynch (mixed by Frank Moon) Music
Dancers Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin

More information about some of the artists

Natalia Osipova

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Russell Maliphant

Arthur Pita

12-14 August 2016

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2020 programme will be announced in the spring.