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Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev bring 'Solo for Two' to Segerstrom
Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev bring 'Solo for Two' to Segerstrom

Known for their performance intensity, gravity-snubbing jumps and hurricane-force pirouettes, former Bolshoi Ballet stars Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev constitute a partnership that has created more buzz than nearly any ballet dancers since the Soviet defectors of the 1960s and '70s. The Russian duo — "Vasipova" to some — will debut their contemporary program, "Solo for Two," at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts this week. Osipova, 28, born in Moscow, and Vasiliev, 25, from Vladivostok, Siberia, were promoted to principal dancers at the Bolshoi Ballet in 2010 and became a sensation with their bravura flash in ballets like "Don Quixote."...

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