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Ivan Vasiliev to marry  

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The superstar Russian ballet dancer – formerly an item with stellar dance partner Natalia Osipova – reveals to Mark Monahan that he's tying the knot:


 Ivan Vasiliev rehearses Le jeune homme et la mort with English National Ballet
High-flyer: Ivan Vasiliev rehearses 'Le jeune homme et la mort' with English National Ballet  Photo: Getty

 

By Mark Monahan


12:30AM BST 02 Jun 2015


Ivan Vasiliev, the superstar, dazzlingly athletic Russian ballet dancer, is to break hearts across the planet by getting married this Saturday – but not to the ballerina that millions of ballet fans once expected.


In 2011, he and Natalia Osipova, stellar on-and-off-stage partners at the Bolshoi in Moscow, amazed the ballet world by defecting together to the second-string, Saint-Petersburg-based company, the Mikhailovsky. The same year, they also got engaged, and in 2012, Vasiliev joined Osipova as a guest principal at the New York-based American Ballet Theatre, where she had already been guesting since 2009.


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When news broke in April 2013 that Osipova was to join the Royal Ballet, it was widely assumed that Vasiliev (also still a principal with the Mikhailovsky and guest principal with the Bolshoi) would join her in London, while continuing to guest around the world. But in fact, she went alone, and they broke up.



Dancer and wife-to-be Maria Vinogradova (left) and Kristina Kretova (right) with Artem Ovcharenko (Image: Getty)

Last week when I met the 26-year-old in Saint-Petersburg immediately after a spectacular performance of La Bayadère, at the Mikhailovsky, he dropped a bombshell. “I am very busy,” he said, breathless and beaming, still in full costume as the warrior Solor. “I have a wedding on June 6!” Then, when we talked at length the following day and I asked him what happened back in 2013 when he and Osipova split up, he gave the simple answer, with a boyish giggle: “I met Maria!”

He revealed that his wife-to-be is the up-and-coming Bolshoi first soloist, Maria Vinogradova. “We’ve been together one and a half years,” he said, “and engaged half a year. After one year’s living together, I proposed. I bought the ring in New York,” he added proudly.

Although they both graduated from their respective ballet schools and joined the Bolshoi in 2006, Vasiliev says that he and Vinogradova did not have much to do with each other for many years. But a performance of the famous Soviet warhorse Spartacus in 2013 changed all that. “I knew her,” says Vasiliev, “but the first time danced we together in Spartacus, we started to talk,” and it was, as he succinctly put it, a case of “Oops!” After Saturday’s wedding in Moscow, where the couple are based, they will first have some international performing duties to get out of the way, and will only then head off for a honeymoon in Dubai.

Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova rehearsing in 2011: although no longer romantically involved, they still regularly dance together (Image: David Rose)

Vasiliev did, however, strongly hint to me that by the time of that all-important Spartacus, his and Osipova’s relationship was already on the wane, which is borne out by the fact that they remain on excellent terms and continue to dance spectacularly together across the globe. (Next month they are returning to the London Coliseum to perform Arthur Pita’s tale of – what else? – nuptial strife, Facada.)

? VIDEO: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev in rehearsal

“Yes,” he told me, “it is true we are friends, and forever we will be friends and partners. It’s life!”

Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova dance together at the the Ardani 25 Dance Gala at the London Coliseum on July 17 and 18. Tickets: 020 7845 9300; eno.org. Mark Monahan’s full interview with Vasiliev will appear in July.

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