It is always interesting to see what a famous ballerina does when given the freedom to program her own show. On Saturday, Natalia Osipova, the Russian-born superstar (who has been a principal with the Royal Ballet since 2013), brought her much-hyped and sold-out extravaganza, “Natalia Osipova: Force of Nature,” to City Center for one night only. The ambitious, crowd-pleasing lineup—including the “Don Quixote” Act III Pas de Deux and “The Dying Swan” solo—was announced in a press release in early January and promoted in an interview with Pointe’s Kyra Laubacher less than a week before the performance. I don’t know what happened in the days leading up to the show, but by Saturday night “Don Q” and “Dying Swan” were out, and several monotonous contemporary dances in jammies were in. Also in, and kicking off the show, was the Act II Pas de Deux from “Giselle,” her signature role.
Jason Kittleberger and Natalia Osipova in “Pure” by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Photograph by Julieta Cervantes