I’ll be a specially wicked Black Swan. I can’t believe that I’m to dance with a Siegried younger than me, the 21-year-old Claudio Coviello, who is making his début in the role: my Odile will seduce him, break his heart and destroy him.
What wouldn’t I give to be able to see Nureyev dance. To think about me dancing with him gives me goose bumps.
I like Nureyev’s version because it goes straight to the heart of the story without wasting time, concentrating of the three main characters: Odette/Odile, Seifried and Rothbart. In this way the ballet is more intense: dreams, betrayal, death.
From next season Osipova will join the Royal Ballet and she is looking for a home in London. She also has several contracts in Milan for 2014.
There are two cities in the world where I would live: London and Milan. They have the right rhythm for me, not stressful like New York or soporific like St Petersburg.
Three years ago she was mugged in New York after a Sleeping Beauty with the American Ballet Theatre.
My bag only contained a pair of ballet slippers, but they weren’t demented fans, just two thugs. It was my fault, you don’t walk down certain streets in Manhattan at 2 o’clock at night!
Natalia Osipova dances with Claudio Coviello in Swan Lake tonight at Teatro alla Scala, Milan.
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Photo credit: Brescia/Amisano, Teatro alla Scala