The New York Times:

“The girl is, of course, death itself, and the Bolshoi ballerina Svetlana Lunkina brought a welcome ferocity and eroticism to the role, her feet needle-sharp, her body taut and electric, as she and Mr. Vasiliev sparred and tussled. In their fraught encounter and in Mr. Vasiliev’s dreamlike walk to his inevitable death, the dancers brought a dramatic suspense, a hovering menace and an indefinable evocation of a particular era that made the ballet feel newly relevant.”
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The Independent:

“He’s rocket-powered in the explosive jumps and acrobatic twists, but shows a sense of desperate need as he reaches out to Svetlana Lunkina’s Death. She’s a steely presence, with an avid little face under her black bobbed wig, greedy for her victim.”
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The Guardian:

“There’s a disappointing lack of sexual chemistry between him and his nemesis (Svetlana Lunkina, the sole woman of the evening). But Lunkina’s witchy stare, the flickering staccato of her dancing, perfectly capture the eerie influences of ETA Hoffmann and the grotesque in Petit’s drama of death.”
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“Svetlana Lunkina offered a predatory and slinky Girl but lacked the sex appeal needed to add extra frisson to the drama.”
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A Younger Theatre website:

“Lunkina appears, in creepy yellow dress and black gloves, tormenting the young man – she is by turns tender and violent. The dance is a battle of wills between Vasiliev and Lunkina, the movement is aggressive and chilling.”
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Critical Dance:

“Like Tamara Rojo before her, Lunkina plays her role rather kittenishly. She is a cruel child rather than the icy femme fatale that Zizi Jeanmaire created. This production loses much of the starkness that the 1966 Nureyev/Jeanmaire film provided. Jeanmaire wore a cropped, red tunic and added a suggestive plié in second on her entrance that seems to have been discarded. At some point, the girl was given a yellow dress which is more reminiscent of Flemming Flindt’s “The Lesson” and adds an odd air of innocence to the work.”
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The Stage:

“Svetlana Lunkina, the cruel, faithless lover of Jean Cocteau’s imagining is lithe and ominous as she leads the young man to his grim fate.”
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