In 2009, Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova made her debut with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in Giselle. In what turned out to be a lucky break, the dancer scheduled to partner her as Albrecht was injured and David Hallberg stepped into the role. The onstage chemistry between the two was electric – Hallberg  has said that the experience was “like an explosion” – and one of the most celebrated ballet partnerships of our time was born.

Osipova and Hallberg went on...

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