The Ballerina Gallery
Natalia Bessmertnova
1941 - 2008
Bolshoi Ballet


Photo: Leonid Zhdanov

Photo: Leonid Zhdanov

Photo: Leonid Zhdanov

Photo: Leonid Zhdanov

Photo: Leonid Zhdanov

Photo: Leonid Zhdanov

Photo: Judy Cameron

Photo: Judy Cameron

Photo: Judy Cameron

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Natalia Bessmertnova was born in Moscow 1941. Graduated from Moscow Choreographic School 1962 in the class of Sofia Golovkina. Her fragile waif-like beauty and inner mystery reminds that of Olga Spessivtzeva's. Just like Spessivtzeva she made the perfect Giselle. Coached by Marina Semyonova in the first Bolshoi years. Married to Yuri Grigorovich. Bessmertnova died in Moscow on 19 February 2008.

Repertoire includes: Giselle (Giselle), The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), Swan Lake (Odette-Odile), Raymonda (Raymonda), Don Quixote (Kitri), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Chopiniana, The Legend of Love (Shyrin), Spartacus (Phrygia), Ivan the Terrible (Tsarina Anastasia).

Awards:
Gold Medal in Varna 1965
People's Artist of the USSR

Links:
Natalia Bessmertnova A Tribute in Photographs

Natalia Bessmertnova on DVD from Amazon