Natalia Osipova and Giorgi Potskhishvili in Don Quixote PDD

Natalia Osipova and Giorgi Potskhishvili in Don Quixote PDD. The First Variation by Evelina Godunova; the Second Variation by Margarita Fernandes; music by Ludwig Minkus; choreography by Alexander Gorsky after Marius Petipa. Ballet Icons Gala 2024, London Coliseum, March 2024.

Natalia Osipova (born 1986) is a Russian ballerina, currently a Principal Ballerina with The Royal Ballet in London. Natalia was born in Moscow, she began formal ballet training at the age of nine at the Mikhail Lavrosky Ballet School. From 1996 to 2004, she studied at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (The Bolshoi Ballet Academy). At the age of 18, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet. In 2005, she danced the role of Kitri in Alexei Fadeyechev’s production of Don Quixote to critical acclaim  and was promoted to soloist in 2006. She became a leading soloist in 2009. In 2010, became a principal dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet, but resigned in 2011, citing “artistic freedom” as her reason for leaving. She joined American Ballet Theatre as a guest dancer for their Metropolitan Opera House season. She danced Don Quixote with José Manuel Carreño, and both The Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet with David Hallberg. In December 2011, she joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet. On 8 April 2013, it was announced that Osipova would join The Royal Ballet as a principal dancer.

Giorgi Potskhishvili is a Principal Dancer with Dutch National Ballet. He joined Dutch National Ballets’ Junior Company in 2020. In 2022, he was promoted to coryphée, skipping the corps de ballet completely, and in May, this same year, to grand sujet. Giorgi Potskhishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) was born into a dancing family. By the age of seven, he had started learning Georgian dance and other folk dances at his parent’s dance school. He was then accepted to the V. Chabukiani Tbilisi Ballet Art State School at the age of thirteen. In 2017, Elena Glurjidze, former lead principal at English National Ballet, invited Giorgi to join her Summer Intensive Course at the Masters of Ballet Academy in London. He was able to secure a spot there after a successful audition in 2018.

© Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Ballet Icons Gala, special thanks to Olga Balakleets

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