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Natalia Osipova to star in first line of ballet NFTs

International ballerina and star of the London Ballet Natalia Osipova has released a collection of NFTs.

The world’s first collection of ballet non-fungible tokens will feature two video clips from Osipova’s performance of classical ballet Giselle, with bids starting at £3,000, while a longer clip from contemporary duet Left Behind will take starting bids of £8,000.

The pieces will be sold at international auction house Bonham’s as part of its collection Encore! Modern Art on Stage which opens for bids today.

Commenting on the upcoming sale, Natalia Osipova said: “I am thrilled to bring classical ballet and contemporary dance together in this NFT collection.”

“These performances are extremely significant for me, and I am delighted that global audiences can appreciate them in a way that has never been possible before,” Osipova added.

Natalia’s embodiment of Giselle marked her first key classical ballet milestone in London and has been praised by critics as the most definitive and celebrated interpretation of the role in her generation. In contrast to this traditional role, Left behind demonstrates Natalia’s recent work to combine her classical training in ballet with fluid contemporary dance and an emotional narrative.

The sale of the NFTs will mark the first time that collectors and ballet admirers can own a piece of performance art, with the NFT format acting as a proprietary stamp attached to the digital works. Buyers will be granted full licence of the works allowing them to use or display it as they wish.

Osipova called the NFT format a “ground-breaking” way of connecting artists with their audiences. She said she hopes the collection “will pave the way for the next generation of dancers to connect with their supporters” in digital space.

The NFT market has exploded in recent months with transaction volumes exceeding $10bn in the third quarter of 2021.

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