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Solo for Two at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom Center

Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova Photo by Stas Levshin

Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova Photo by Stas Levshin

Natalia Osipovio and Ivan Vasiliev stunned us Friday night in their beautiful contemporary ballet performance of three premier pieces in their new program, Solo for Two. Natalia was originally a gymnast and you can see her athleticism in her dance. She has unbelievable control of her body, performing isolations which do not even seem real. The athleticism does not compromise the gracefulness and she commands the stage at all times. Ivan Vasiliev makes every move seem effortless and his core strength is amazing to watch. The two danced together as principals with Boshoi Ballet, but left together to pursue artistic opportunities.

Shockingly violent in the beginning, the first piece, Mercy, choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, explores forgiveness and tenderness. Passo, the second piece choreographed by Ohad Naharilin, began with very futuristic music and transitioned into English traditional folk music. The couple had to study Naharlin’s Gaga, a movement technique which challenged the dancers to let go. The final performance, Facada, choreographed by Arthur Pita, was a story about a Portuguese jilted bride. This piece also included the female performer, Gay Storm, playing the Lady in Black. This story was fun for the audience and at times, purposefully laughable. Through each piece Natalia and Ivan continued to amaze the audience with their perfect timing and cohesion.

Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova Photo by Stas Levshin

Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova Photo by Stas Levshin

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts Dance Series continually impresses us with their ability to bring top-notch, eclectic dance on a regular basis. The 2014-2015 International Dance Series includes Mikhailovsky Ballet and Orchestra, Tango Buenas Aires, American Ballet Theatre and Eifman Ballet of St. Petersberg.

An Orange County mother of four, Tonya Goodbrand, loves exploring the world and sharing it with her family.  She has a passion for travel which is quite contagious. Tonya hopes to inspire families to venture out of their comfort zone and see the world through their children’s eyes.
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