Natalia Osipova review – the Russian ballet star is lost in space

Sadler’s Wells, London
Starry commissions by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Arthur Pita are a poor fit for Osipova’s talent

When ballet stars detach themselves from their parent companies, art is rarely the winner. They earn more, and figure more prominently as personalities, but the choices that they make are not always good ones. For Natalia Osipova, nominally a Royal Ballet principal but effectively freelance, the offer of a specially commissioned programme of works by blue-chip contemporary choreographers probably seemed too good to refuse. That Osipova, now 30, is romantically and professionally paired with the brilliant if petulant Sergei Polunin, who also features, only added to the programme’s audience appeal. But in the event, the lack of rapport between dancers and dance-makers is painfully evident, the material is thin, and the evening drags.

You don’t get the ferocity of her dance intelligence, or the abrasive, confrontational edge of his

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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