The world-famous ballerina Natalia Ossipova, Principal of the Royal Ballet, and portrait artist Svetlana Cameron teamed together to produce an exquisite work of art – a portrait of Natalia– due to be put up for charitable auction in aid of the foundation Gift of Life. The portrait is part of a money-cannot-buy experience lot which will be auctioned at the charity evening in aid of the Gift of Life on 5 October. A lucky winner of this lot will be treated to 2 premium tickets to Natalia’s performances and a backstage tour in London during 2017/2018 theatre season. It’s a rare chance to meet Natalia personally. To make it extra special and absolutely unbeatable, Natalia kindly extends her invitation to one of her rehearsals or a private ballet lesson. This is a truly remarkable and generous gift!
Our supporters and ballet lovers from all over the globe can register their interest and start bidding for this invaluable lot well in advance. To place your bid, email us at Marina@giftoflife.eu.Telephone bidding will also be available on 5 October. Please note, that the lot does not include flights and accommodation in London.
All proceeds from this truly amazing lot will go towards vitally important medical treatment for children with cancer and life threatening blood diseases in Russian hospitals.Thus, you are not only treating yourself to a priceless ballet experience and a beautiful portrait of Natalia, but giving a child a better chance to beat the odds.
Such collaboration could not have been done without help of our patron and co-founder Dina Korzun, who turned this spectacular idea into a no less spectacular reality. The artwork was unveiled to the press at Sophia Contemporary Gallery on 3 July. We cannot thank the gallery enough for having us as guests and providing facilities for the presentation.
Russian dancer Natalia Osipova is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company as a Principal in autumn 2013, after appearing as a Guest Artist the previous Season as Odette/Odile (Swan Lake) with Carlos Acosta. Osipova has appeared as a guest artist with companies around the world. In March 2012 she became a principal of American Ballet Theatre, where she created the title role in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Firebird.