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Natalia Osipova in Giselle, The Royal Ballet, January 2014. © Dave Morgan.

Osipova’s performance was magnetizing, her jumps so high and soft and her death scene powerful. In Act 2, her movements were like thistledown, her balances and deep arabesques strong and steady. And those fleet multiple ronds de jambe which made tiny delicate but strong circles out to an extended foot, like ripples in a pond.