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Svetlana Lunkina

Svetlana Aleksandrovna Lunkina
Svetlana Lunkina as Odette in Swan Lake, Bolshoi Theatre, 22 may 2011
Born Светлана Александровна Лунькина
(1979-07-29) July 29, 1979
Moscow, USSR
Education Moscow State Academy of Choreography
Occupation Ballerina
Employer Bolshoi Theatre, National Ballet of Canada
Known for Giselle, Swan Lake
Awards Meritorious Artist of Russia, Prix Benois de la Danse, Ballerina of the Decade

Svetlana Aleksandrovna Lunkina (Russian: Светлана Александровна Лунькина; born 29 July 1979) is a Russian ballerina who is currently a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada.[1]


Svetlana Lunkina was born in Moscow, Russia, and attended Moscow Choreographic Academy. Upon her graduation in 1997, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet[2] During her first year in the Bolshoi Theatre she was chosen to perform the lead role in Giselle, and thus, being just 18, became the youngest Giselle in the history of the Bolshoi.

Over her 15 year career, Svetlana Lunkina danced many leading roles in both classical and contemporary ballets. In 2001 she was a Triumph Youth Award recipient and the following year, choreographer Alexander Grant set the role of Lise in La fille mal gardée on her. Later Svetlana worked extensively with Roland Petit, who gave her the role of Lisa in La Dame de Pique and Esmeralda in Notre-Dame de Paris. She also played in his La Rose Malade, which Roland Petit updated for Lunkina for the first time ever since Maya Plisetskaya danced it. Lunkina was awarded Brilliance of the 21st Century award the same year. In 2010 she was awarded with the prize "Ballerina of the decade"[3] along with the three other well-known ballerinas: Diana Vishneva, Alina Cojocaru and Lucia Lacarra. During her career she also participated in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and The Sleeping Beauty and played in such theatres as Berlin and Vienna State Operas, and also in the Paris Opera Ballet, among others.[3]

During the year 2002, Svetlana Lunkina performed as one of the main characters in the feature film “St.Petersburg-Cannes Express”, by the American director John Daly (the world premier was in the year of 2003 in Palm Springs, California, USA).[4] In 2004, a famous Japanese portrait photographer Eichiro Sakata, included Svetlana Lunkina in his photo gallery called "Piercing the Sky" as one of the outstanding contemporary personalities.[5] In 2013 Svetlana Lunkina became the main attraction and the “objet d`art” of the European art exhibit, created by an internationally acclaimed artist Anna Gaskell. Svetlana has two children: Maxim, born in January, 2004 and Eva, born in April, 2009.

In August 2013, Svetlana joined the National Ballet of Canada as a Principal Guest Artist[1][6] and in 2014 was invited as a guest dancer to South Korea.[7]


  • Giselle (choreography by Vladimir Vasiliev) : Giselle[8][9]
  • Giselle (choreography by Yuri Grigorovich) : Giselle
  • Swan Lake (choreography by Yuri Grigorovich) : Odette-Odile, Russian Bride
  • Swan Lake (choreography by James Kudelka) : Odette-Odile[10]
  • The Sleeping Beauty (choreography by Yuri Grigorovich) : Princess Aurora, Fairy of Tenderness, Fairy of Silver
  • Nutcracker Suite (choreography by Yuri Grigorovich) : Marie (Clara - called Maria in the Bolshoi production)
  • The Nutcracker (choreography by Rudolf Nureyev) : Clara
  • The Nutcracker (choreography by James Kudelka) : The Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Don Quixote (choreography by Alexei Fadeyechev) : Kitri
  • La fille mal gardée (choreography by Frederick Ashton) : Lise
  • La Bayadere (choreography by Yuri Grigorovich) : Nikia,[11] Gumpe
  • Le Corsaire (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka after Marius Petipa) : Medora
  • La Fille du Pharaon (choreography by Pierre Lacotte after Marius Petipa) : Aspicia
  • La Sylphide (choreography by August Bournonville) : Title role[12]
  • Les Sylphides (called Chopiniana in the Bolshoi production, choreography by Michel Fokine) : Prelude and 7th Waltz[13]
  • Le Spectre de la Rose (choreography by Michel Fokine)
  • The Dying Swan (choreography by Michel Fokine)
  • Raymonda (choreography by Marius Petipa, Carla Fracci version) : Raymonda
  • Esmeralda (choreography by Yuri Burlaka and Medvedev after Marius Petipa) : Esmeralda
  • Spartacus (choreography by Yuri Grigorovich) : Phrygia[14]
  • Anyuta (choreography by Vladimir Vasiliev) : Title role
  • Sentimental Waltz (choreography by Vladimir Vasiliev)
  • La Dame de Pique (choreography by Roland Petit) : Liza (creation)
  • La Rose Malade (choreography by Roland Petit)[15]
  • Notre-Dame de Paris (choreography by Roland Petit) : Esmeralda (creation at Bolshoi Theatre)
  • Passacaille (choreography by Roland Petit) : Soloist (creation at Bolshoi Theatre)
  • Le Jeune Homme et la Mort (choreography by Roland Petit) : la Mort[16]
  • Chroma (choreography by Wayne McGregor)
  • George Balanchine) : Soloist (Diamonds)
  • Symphony in C (choreography by George Balanchine) : Soloist Part 1, Soloist Part 2
  • Serenade(choreography by George Balanchine) : Soloist
  • Pas de Quatre (choreography by Anton Dolin) : Soloist
  • Gaite Parisienne (choreography by Leonide Massine) : Glove Seller (creation in Russia)
  • Les Presages (choreography by Leonide Massine) : Passion
  • Carmen Suite (choreography by Alberto Alonso) : Carmen
  • Manon (choreography by Kenneth MacMillan) : Lescaut's Mistress[17]
  • Illusions perdues (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky): Coralie
  • The Bright Stream (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky) : Zina
  • Jeu de cards (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky) : Soloist
  • The Afternoon of a Faun (choreography by Jerome Robbins) : Soloist (creation at Bolshoi Theatre)
  • The Lesson (choreography by Flemming Flindt) : Pupil
  • Nijinsky (choreography by John Neumeier) : Romola de Pulszky,[18] Eleonora Bereda[19]
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (choreography by Christopher Wheeldon) : Alice's Mother/Queen of Hearts[20]
  • Misericordes (choreography by Christopher Wheeldon)
  • …black night's bright day (choreography by James Kudelka) : Soloist
  • Dream of Dream (choreography by Jorma Elo) : Soloist
  • Unearth (choreography by Robert Binet)


See also


  1. ^ a b Kelly, Deirdre. "Ballerina Svetlana Lunkina: from Russia, with star power". The Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Svetlana Lunkina". Bolshoi Ballet. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Svetlana Lunkina".  
  4. ^
  5. ^ Svetlana Lunkina
  6. ^ "2013/14 Season Roster: Svetlana Lunkina and Evan McKie Principal Guest Artists" ( 
  7. ^ "[기자메모]계약도 안된 출연진 내세운 입장권 판매".  
  8. ^ Perry, Jann (11 July 1999). "Red All Over". The Observer. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Monahan, Mark (12 April 2006). "The price of unrequited passion". The Telegraph. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Crabb, Michael (9 March 2014). "Svetlana Lunkina brings love back to National Ballet’s Swan Lake". Toronto Star. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Macaulay, Alastair (6 August 2007). "The Bolshoi’s Whiz Kids on Display in London". New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Rockwell, John (16 February 2005). "A Medley of Ballet Hits Delivered by Power Couples". New York Times. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Mackrell, Judith (7 May 2001). "Bolshoi back on form". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Rockwell, John (25 July 2005). "A Soviet-Era Vision of a Rebellion by Roman Slaves". New York Times. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Dunning, Jennifer (13 February 2008). "Power Couples Take Command With Quiet Romance". New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Sulcas, Roslyn (20 March 2014). "Big Names, Good Looks and Nude Body Stockings". New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Crabb, Michael (9 November 2014). "Manon, an intense production about ill-fated love". Toronto Star. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  18. ^ Crabb, Michael (19 November 2014). "Nijinsky ballet is ‘quite kind’ to the character of Romola de Pulszky". Toronto Star. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  19. ^ Citron, Paula (23 November 2014). "National Ballet’s Nijinsky: A triumph on all fronts". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  20. ^ Jowitt, Deborah. "A Cat Can Look at a Queen". Arts Journal. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  21. ^ Macaulay, Alastair (12 March 2012). "In a Pasha’s Seraglio, Even Flowers Turn Frisky". New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  22. ^ Macaulay, Alastair (1 May 2012). "Live From Moscow, Adulterers and a Ballerina With a Hairy Chest". New York Times. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 

External links

  • Lunkina's page on the website Bolshoi Theatre
  • Lunkina's page on the website Benois de la danse
  • Lunkina's page on the website
  • Lunkina's page on the website
  • Lunkina's page on The Ballerina Gallery
  • Lunkina's page on The Gallery of Masters of Musical Theatre
  • Lunkina's page on Flickr
  • Lunkina and Tsiskaridze in "Giselle", 1998, Bolshoi Theatre
  • Lunkina's page on the website National Ballet of Canada
  • Interview with Svetlana Lunkina on Maclean's
  • Svetlana Lunkina performing with Sergey Filin on YouTube
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