Leading international dance stars Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev take to the Coliseum stage this week, with Solo for Two. The pair, known affectionately as ‘Vasipova’, are famous for their dazzling classical ballet performances. But, they also excel in the more contemporary choreographies of this triple bill.
In Ohad Naharin’s Passo, Osipova stands alone onstage, gradually curling her upper body into a crouching position. With bare legs and feet, her fine muscle definition is clearly visible as she performs a multitude of slow and sustained movements to Autechtre’s accompanying soundscape. Vasiliev soon joins Osipova, imitating her carefully constructed poses but freezing as she continues moving. With a change in music, to the old English folk song Greensleeves, the two then dance together. Shifting between uncomfortable walks in a crouched, almost foetal position and soaring jumps, the duet is a captivating expression of pain and beauty. Both dancers are a delight to watch, but Osipova’s impeccable elevation and musicality makes her stand out in particular.
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