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The Royal Ballet Announces Guest Artists for Next Season [PHOTOS]

on Jul 20, 2012 03:58 PM EDT
Bolshoi Ballet's Natalia Osipova performs during a rehearsal for 'Reflections' at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, January 26, 2011. Bolshoi Ballet's Natalia Osipova performs during a rehearsal for 'Reflections' at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, January 26, 2011. (Photo : Reuters)
Tamara Rojo of the Royal Ballet performs at the Grand Theater of Havana. Tamara Rojo of the Royal Ballet performs at the Grand Theater of Havana. (Photo : Reuters)

The Royal Ballet has announced guest artists for its 2012-13 season.

Natalia Osipova, principal dancer at Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg, will make her debut for Royal Ballet in October by performing "Swan Lake" alongside Carlos Acosta, Royal Ballet's principal guest artist. English National Ballet's director Tamara Rojo and British Royal Ballet's former principal Sergei Polunin will return to the Royal Opera House in February 2013.

Kevin O'Hare, Director Designate of The Royal Ballet, said, "I am delighted to be able to invite Natalia Osipova to appear with the Company for the first time next season, and I know that she is really looking forward to appearing in our production of Swan Lake and to working with Carlos Acosta."

"I am also delighted that, after her long and distinguished career with the Company, Tamara Rojo is able to accept my invitation to return to make a final farewell to Covent Garden audiences and reprise her performance of Marguerite partnered, as before, by Sergei Polunin," O'Hare added.

Rassian ballerina Osipova will join the Company for three performances on October 10, 13 and 25. 

Spanish dancer Rojo, who leaves Royal Ballet at the end of the this season to become the Artistic Director of English National Ballet, will dance three farewell performances of "Marguerite and Armand" partnered by Ukrainian dancer Polunin on February 12, 15 and 21, 2013.

Tickets for Swan Lake are available at http://www.roh.org.uk/. 

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