Biography

Svetlana

SVETLANA  LUNKINA

      Principal Dancer (National Ballet of Canada)

      Prima Ballerina (Bolshoi Theater, Russia)

Svetlana Lunkina was born in Moscow (Russia) and trained at the Moscow Choreographic Academy. Upon her graduation in 1997, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet, where her teacher became the great Ekaterina Maximova. Already, during her first year of work at Bolshoi, Lunkina performed the leading role in the ballet “Giselle”. Just 18, she thus became the youngest Giselle in the history of the Bolshoi Theater.

Over her 15-year career, Lunkina was able to manifest in her art and obtain highest achievements of world ballet. Up to this day, she performed more than 70 leading roles in the classical and modern ballet. In her classical repertoire are the title roles in such masterpieces of the world choreography as Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Raymonda, Spartacus, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, La Sylphide, Le Corsaire, Carmen, La Fille du Pharaon  and others. World leading choreographers created their productions on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre taking into consideration the natural features of the dramatic actress that are inherited by Svetlana Lunkina. Especialy for her, Alexander Grant staged the role Lisa in the ballet “La Fille Mal Gardee” (2002), Roland Pettit staged the role Lisa in the ballet “Pique Dame” (2001) and the role Esmeralda in the ballet “Notre Dame de Paris” (2003). Just for Svetlana Lunkina, Roland Petit updated his ballet “La Rose Malade” (this update was made for the first time ever since Maya Plisetskaya danced it).

Being a disciple of the great Ekaterina Maximova, who in turn was a disciple of the great Galina Ulanova, Svetlana Lunkina is a recognized connoisseur, bearer and custodian of the true age-old ballet traditions of the Bolshoi Theater of Russia.

Svetlana Lunkina is often invited as an international star by the leading ballet theatres of the world. In the years of 2003 and 2006, she danced with Vladimir Malakhov in the Berlin State Opera and Vienna State Opera House.  Svetlana Lunkina danced in Rome Opera House, and a number of performances as principal guest artist on the legendary stage of Paris Opera.

During the year 2002, Svetlana Lunkina was one of the main characters in the 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).
In 2004, the famous Japanese portrait photographer Eichiro Sakata, who has the world title in his art, included Svetlana Lunkina in his photo-gallery of outstanding people`s personalities “Piercing the Sky”.

In 2013 Svetlana Lunkina became the main attraction and the “objet d`art” of the European art exhibits (in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany) created by the international acclaimed artist Anna Gaskell.

Hobbies: playing the piano, guitar, singing, dressage, tennis, bowling.

She is the proud mother of Maxim, born in January, 2004  and Eva, born in April, 2009.

 

Repertoire:

“Giselle” (Perrot, Coralli, Vasiliev), Giselle

“Anyuta” (Vasiliev), Anyuta

“Pas de Quatre” (Dolin), soloist

“Don Quixote” (Petipa, Gorsky, Fadeechev), Kitri

“Symphony in C” (Balanchine), First Movement

“Sleeping Beauty” (Petipa, Grigorovich), Aurora

“Le Spectre de la rose” (Fokin)

“Afternoon of a Faun” (Robbins), soloist

“La Fille du Pharaon “ (Lacotte), Aspiccia

“Les Sylphides” (Fokin), Prelude, Seventh Waltz

“Sentimental Waltz” (Vasiliev)

“The Dying Swan” (Fokin),

“Passacaille” (Petit), principal

“Pique Dame” (Petit), Lisa

“La Sylphide” (Bournonville, Von Rozen), Sylphide

“Swan Lake” (Petipa, Ivanov, Grigorovich), Odette-Odile

“Notre Dame de Paris” (Petit), Esmeralda

“Spartacus” (Grigrovich), Phrygia

“The Bright Stream” (Ratmansky),  Zina

“Symphony in C” (Balanchine), Second Movement

Gaité Parisienne” (Massine), Glove Seller

“Les Présages” (Massine), Passion

“Jeu de Cartes” (Ratmansky), soloist

”La Fille Mal Gardée” (Ashton), Lise

“The Nutcracker” (Grigorovich), Masha

“Misericordes” (Wheeldon), soloist

“Pink Floyd” – Great Gig in the sky, (Petit)

“Serenade” (Balanchine), soloist

“La Bayadere”  (Petipa), Nikia

“The Lesson” (Flindt), the Pupil

“Le Corsaire” (Petipa), Medora

“Casse-Noisette”  (Noureev), Clara

“La Rose Malade” (Petit)

“Raymonda” (Petipa, version by Carla Fracci), Raymonda

“Carmen” (Alonso), Carmen

“Esmeralda” (Petipa, version by Yuri Burlaka), Esmeralda

“Lost  illusions” (Alexei  Ratmansky), Coralli

“Le Jeune Homme et la Mort” (Roland Petit)

“Chroma” (Wayne McGregor), soloist

“Jewels-Diamonds” (George Balanchin), soloist

“Dream of Dream” (Jorma Elo), soloist

“Unearth” (Robert Binet), soloist

“…black night`s bright day…” (James Kudelka), soloist

“The Nutcracker” (James Kudelka), The Sugar Plum Fairy

“Watch her” (Azure Barton), soloist

“Alloneword” (James Kudelka), soloist

“Swan Lake” (James Kudelka), Odette/Odile

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (Christopher Wheeldon), Mother/The Queen of Hearts

“Manon” (Kenneth MacMilan), Lescaut’s Mistress

“Nijinsky” (John Neumeier), Romola de Pulszk

“Being and Nothingness” (Guillaume Côté), soloist

“Piano Concerto no. 1” (Alexei Ratmansky), soloist

“The Sleeping Beauty“ (Rudolf Nureyev), Aurora

“The Winter’s Tale” (Christopher Wheeldon), Paulina

“La Sylphide” (Johan Kobborg), Sylphide

“The Four Temperaments” (George Balanchine), Sanguinic

“Romeo and Juliet” (Alexei Ratmansky), Juliet

Le Petite Prince (Guillaume Côté), Snake

Giselle (Sir Peter Wright), Giselle

Asuka (Asami Maki), Sugaru-Otome

Onegin (John Cranko), Tatiana

Cor Perdut / Lost Heart  (Nacho Duato), Soloist

Genus (Wayne McGregor), Soloist

A Streetcar Named Desire (John Neumeier), Blanche DuBois

Swan Lake pas de deux (David Dowson), Swan

Mask Duet (Douglas Lee), Soloist

Dark Angels (Guillaume Côté), Soloist

Emergence (Crystal Pite), Soloist

Anna Karenina (John Neumeier), Anna Karenina

Apollo (George Balanchine), Terpsichore

 

 

 

International  Guest  Star  Invitations:

Paris Opera

Berlin State Opera

Vienna State Opera House

Rome Opera House

  Mariinsky Theater (St. Petersburg, Russia)

National Ballet of Japan

National Ballet of Canada

       Bavarian State Ballet (Munich, Germany)

        Bucharest Opera and Ballet Theater (Romania)    

 Polish National Opera (Warsaw, Poland)

Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre (Ukraine)

 Asami Maki Ballet (Tokyo, Japan) 

International  Ballet  Galas:

“Tribute to Galina Ulanova”- Paris

  “Malakhov and Friends”- Japan

 “Stars of the 21st Century”-  New York, Paris, Toronto

 “Tribute to Yuri Grigorovich”-  London, Royal Opera House

       “Stars of the Russian Ballet”-  Tokyo, Japan

         “Roland Petit and his Stars”-  Athens, Greece

 “Roland Petit and his Stars”-  Geneva, Switzerland

 “Kremlin Gala”, Moscow, Russia

 

Awards:

 Honorary Diploma from the Moscow Government

Youth award “Triumph”,  Moscow

UK`s CriticsCircle National Dance Award, London

 “Star of the 21st Century”,  New York

Special award of the Moscow Government

“Benois de la Danse”, Laureate,  Moscow

“Brilliance of the 21st Century”,  New York

 “Ballerina of the Decade”, Moscow, Russia

Meritorious Artist of Russia

 

Professional media`s quotes

She’s at the top of her game. There isn’t anything she couldn’t do.” – Dance Magazine

Lunkina is natural aristocrat of the ballet.”The Star

Svetlana Lunkina become the public`s instant darling. It was her triumph to convey a visual and emotional beauty rooted in classical style, to hark back to Gautier`s version. Her Giselle absorbs the best of traditions.” – The New York Times

“Svanlana Lunkina Has The Most Insane Flexibility Workout We`ve Never Seen.” –  Point Magazine

“Svetlana Lunkina triumphed as Anna Karenina; a detailed, insightful performance that earned one’s sympathy for a complex character”. – Toronto Star

Lunkina is a dancer who embodies the Romantic ideal of appearing lighter than air while simultaneously being strong as steel.”Globe and Mail

Svetlana Lunkina is an artist of rare genius, which she wholeheartedly delivered in this, her finest role of Giselle. She gave a performance of unfathomable depth and beauty.”Fjord review

“Svetlana Lunkina brings love back to National Ballet’s Swan Lake.” – Toronto Star

“Ms. Lunkina is an unforgettable dancer, and represents yet another stunning principal artist thriving in National Ballet’s fold.  I could watch her forever.” – Musical Toronto

“Lunkina’s ability to move weightlessly through complex grande allegro, her back leg lifting high on reflex, is a feat to witness. Drifting into the sleepy third arabesque so distinct to Giselle (the dancer nearly rests her head on her upper arm), Lunkina’s body seems to float on air.” – Globe and Mail

“Svetlana Lunkina: Bringing Bolshoi Brilliance To The National Ballet of Canada.” – Point Magazine

 

Filmographie

Giselle (choreography by Vladimir Vasiliev), Bolshoi Theatre,1998

La Dame de Pique (choreography by Roland Petit), Bolshoi Theatre, 2001

Passacaille (choreography by Roland Petit), Bolshoi Theatre, 2001

Notre-Dame de Paris (choreography by Roland Petit), Bolshoi Theatre, 2003

Giselle (choreography by Yuri Grigorovich), Bolshoi Theatre, 2011

Le Corsaire (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka after Marius Petipa), Bolshoi Theatre, 2012

The Bright Stream (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky ), Bolshoi Theatre, 2012

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One comment

  1. There are good ballerinas, there are great ballerinas and there is Svetlana Lunkina.

    Of very few people it can be said that it is a privilege to live at the same time as them but it can be said of this woman. In so many aspects of her life I am in awe of her.

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