News: Bolshoi's starry lovers

Friday 8 July 2011

Sir Frederick Ashton's 'Romeo and Juliet' Presented by Peter Schaufuss Ballet. Photo: Nathan Driftmeyer

*The Bolshoi Ballet’s Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova – two of the brightest young stars in the world – are in London next week to dance the lead roles in Frederick Ashton’s rarely staged production of Romeo and Juliet at the London Coliseum. *

**Both received rave reviews when they danced with the Bolshoi in London in recent years, with 22 year old Vasiliev being compared to the young Rudolf Nureyev and 25 year old Osipova described by The New York Times as “the most sensational ballerina.” That the couple are now engaged to each other is an additional sprinkle of star dust.

Producer Peter Schaufuss, has a deep rooted connection with this production – which was left to him when the choreographer died in 1988. He first met Sir Frederick Ashton when he staged Romeo & Juliet with his parents for The Royal Danish Ballet in 1955. This was the first production of Romeo & Juliet to be seen in the west, as the Bolshoi and Russian productions were not seen here until some years later. They became close friends and collaborated on the revival of Romeo & Juliet for English National Ballet at the Coliseum in 1985.

“I am so thrilled that Ivan has chosen to make his Romeo debut with Natalia in Sir Frederick Ashton’s production,”
said Schaufuss. “Sir Fred would have been delighted – he was a great champion of the young and talented.”

More: **Vasiliev, Osipova and Schaufuss talk to the Telegraph Read more

Watch Judith Mackrell’s video interview with Vasiliev and Osipova- with rehearsal footage

11 – 17 July, 9 performances
Tickets £5 – £85“:

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