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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd (22 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783190221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783190225
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 1 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Osipova is not merely a world-class, instinctive technician (though she is supremely that), but specifically a performer who, by some strange magic, appears to find it easier to be off the ground than on it: the air welcomes and embraces her like no other female dancer I have ever seen. The tiniest skip seems to send her soaring, and yet - however high, far, or fast she jumps - she miraculously manages to land in complete silence.' --Daily Telegraph

'...the arrival of Natalia Osipova at the Royal Ballet should be a cause for national rejoicing: a superb actress and a jaw dropping dancer' --Sunday Times

About the Author

Andrej Uspenski is a First Artist with The Royal Ballet and a passionate dance photographer. He was born in St Petersburg and trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and subsequently in Dresden and Berlin. He has been a member of The Royal Ballet for ten years. Andrej's first collection of photography, DANCERS: Behind the scenes with The Royal Ballet, was published in April 2013 by Oberon Books. His photographs have also been featured in Royal Opera House programmes as well as national magazines and newspapers.


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I appreciate that the previous reviewer had some concerns re the quality of the photographs as he/she obviously was a professional photographer. I speak from a dance lover's perspective as I was simply very happy to see a book of photographs of Osipova. For me the book achieved what I'd hoped for....photos of the dancer in rehearsal, backstage and in performance. She is still so young and this is a book which will continue to be interesting as her career progresses.

I think that the photos are beautiful and have an intimacy that only a fellow dancer could find.

I thoroughly recommend this book
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I recently saw Osipova in a streamed version of Swan Lake and was spell-bound by the elasticity of her arms and apparently boneless body. Under her fragile vulnerability lies a powerful determination and hidden strength. Taking her partner's technical skills for granted, she wishes to seek out his very soul! Presently she is quite frequently dancing with another passionate Russian, the unpredictable and restless Sergei Polunin.,,,,Uspenski, himself a dancer, has compiled this series of black and white photos.showing Osipova's transformation from studio rehearsal garb through practice on stage in partial make-up and costume, moving on to full dress-rehearsal with her swans before the final performance and accolades with her prince, Carlos Acosta. Uspenski captures her total theatrical and dramatic immersion in the role even in rehearsal. The photographic portraits of her are sensitive and revealing. Some of the most effective have the back wall of the studio illumined by shafts of strong sunlight. And there is even a foreword in Russian for the enthusiast.
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I'm a keen photographer, follow ballet photography in particular and am also a huge admirer of Natalia Osipova, who I feel is both one of the most technically accomplished dancers and most charismatic and charming performers on the international ballet scene. I therefore ordered this well in advance of its availability and was keenly awaiting its arrival. In short, plenty there for the enthusiast but overall a bit of a let down. The book effectively plots a pictorial journey from role characterisation and rehearsal through to realisation on stage, based on Natalia's portrayal of the dual Odette/Odile role in Swan Lake and focusing on how she builds out Odette. Andrej Uspenski has a privileged position as a fellow dancer, and so is able to steal glimpses that feel unobtrusive and also exploit his empathy and technical knowledge of dance. However, the photographs themselves are quite variable in quality. They have a journalistic rather than studio feel, which is appropriate, but technically they are just not that great. There are occasional focus issues, noise, burn out, and tonal muddiness, and whatever camera he is using does not seem to be great in low light. Contrast these with those of another dancer turned photographer, Enrico Nawrath, who does an exemplary job in catching backstage moments as well as more formally posed work with the Berlin Staatsballett, and you will see the gap between what has been achieved and what is possible. Another comparator is Gene Schiavone, who shoots in low light and is equipped to do so, showing no grain and digital noise in his work. Perhaps unfair as both of these are pros, and it is also difficult to tell what could also have been improved in the printing of the book as opposed ot the source material. I'll leaf through it a few times, but it doesn't draw the gasps of admiration that Nawrath/Schiavone could have produced from such an amazing subject.
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I think Natalia Osipova is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, ballerinas of her generation. I love this book. The photographs say all that needs to be said, and no words are needed other than those in the introduction.
My compliments to Andrej Uspenski for a fine, warm and sincere piece of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great pictures of a great ballerina 5 Dec. 2014
By M. Paley - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a splendid book of photographs of a great ballerina preparing for an then performing "Swan Lake"
It takes you from her warming up at the barre to the curtain call. There is, fortunately, almost no text;
the beautiful images say it all.
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a beautiful book to look at 1 Feb. 2016
By mchi - Published on Amazon.com
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It is a beautiful book to look at, especially if you love the art of ballet, and black and white photography. There is not one word. But the photos resinate to one another that together depicts a story about 'becoming a swan' by the world best ballerina Natalia Osipova. The captures are truly unique that extents one's imagination to the stage and legend. For the fans of Osipova, this is a must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming a Swan 4 Jan. 2014
By James K. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful B&W photography. Inspirational. So much emotion and beauty captured in these lovely images. I highly recommend this book for its beauty and artistry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars total talent 10 Nov. 2013
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So much emotion and beauty from black and white photography. It felt as if you were involved in the motion and movement of the ballet. Truly a work of art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real star 4 Jan. 2015
By Tess Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
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Great photos. Only book about this fabulous dancer.
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