On Thursday 13 December 2012, The Australian Ballet is delighted to reveal that Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev will dance with the company as guest artists for the Melbourne season of Don Quixote in March 2013. In an exciting coup for the company and ballet fans, it will be the first time they have danced in Australia.
The Russian duo are feted around the world for their artistry and seemingly effortless attack. Both were principal artists with the world renowned Bolshoi Ballet before moving to the Mikhailovsky Theatre late last year. They are also principal artists across the Atlantic at American Ballet Theatre. They are darlings of critics and audiences globally; The Financial Times described their Don Quixote partnership in rapturous terms: “Osipova and Vasiliev must be seen to be believed, such is their mastery of the roles, their fizzing characterisation and the gravity-defying nature of their dancing. Both dancers appear to spend more time in the air than not and, when earth-bound, spin like proverbial tops, tirelessly whipping the audience up into a froth of excitement.”
The Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, welcomed the news.
“I’m so excited that Natalia and Ivan will be joining us for our Melbourne season of Don Quixote and that their first time dancing live in Australia will be with us. They are two of the most exciting dancers in the world and their Basilio and Kitri are world’s best.”
The pair are slated to dance on Saturday March 16 and Monday March 18*.
Single tickets for the Don Quixote season go on sale from 1 February 2013. Subscription packages are now available and will ensure access to the best seats at the best prices.
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*Management reserves the right to alter such details of this season as may become necessary. Cast subject to change due to illness or any unavoidable cause.