I grew up in London, England and I often pang with the desire to be back, mostly when there are cool ballet events happening in the city. Firstly, NATALIA OSIPOVA and Ivan Vasiliev, recently engaged to each other, are performing Ashton's Romeo and Juliet together in London. AMAZING. Read this article in the Daily Telegraph for details.
SECONDLY, Sylvie Guillem's new work entitled Sylvie Guillem: 6000 Miles Away is premiering. I cannot believe that this age-defying prima is still dancing such challenging pieces. Read this article about her in The Telegraph.
I have only seen Guillem dance once, when she was with the Royal. I had the insane fortune of seeing her and Darcey Bussell, my favourite dancer of all time, dancing together at the Rioyal Opera House a few years ago, but I've never seen Osipova. HOPEFULLY, this will change soon. The Bolshoi is coming to Canada next year to perform Don Quixote, Osipova's specialty, in Ottawa, and she BETTER be dancing Kitri, or I'll die.