Alla Osipenko

ballet dancer, actress

National artist of Russia (1960)

Alla Osipenko was born in Leningrad on 18 June, 1932. Graduated from Leningrad Choreographic School, was a disciple of Agrippina Vaganova. From 1954 to 1971 she was a first dancer of Kirovsky Ballet.

From 1971 to 1973 she was a soloist of the troupe “Choreographic Miniatures” under direction of Leonid Jakobson. Danced leading parts of classic and modern repertoire in stagings of well-known soviet ballet-masters. Played in performances of Leningrad Small Theatre of Opera and Ballet and of Choir of ballet under direction of Boris Eifman.

Parts in Sokurov's films:

1983 — the Ariadna in “Painful Indifference”
1986 — the Ill Heroine in “Empire”
1990 — the documentary episode in “Petersburg Elegy”
2002 — the Ballet Dancer in “Russian Ark”