«Giselle requires everything: impeccable technique, emotional depth and originality. A good ballerina will master these qualities with certain ease. A great one will blur the lines between them, hypnotizing her audience with the very humanness of Giselle in all her complexity. Svetlana Lunkina is a great one.
And her technique is impeccable.
As a whole, the production is both poignant and memorable, especially Lunkina’s rendition of the title character. If the original Giselle, Carlotta Grisi, was a Queen, then Lunkina… has inherited her throne.»
The Globe and Mail
“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.
I also found Lunkina convincing in the famous Act 1mad scene.”
June 16, 2016
“Svetlana Lunkina and Harrison James bring beautiful dancing and dramatic depth to 175-year-old ballet.”
“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.”
20 January 2016
National Ballet of Canada – The Winter’s Tale – Washington
“… it was the luminous Svetlana Lunkina, as a confident and passionate Paulina, the Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting, who ultimately claimed the evening with a performance of unparalleled dramatic insight and skill.”
“Romeo and Juliet” together forever!!! We did it!
My 15th (or 16th) debut in gorgeous Canada!
“Sunday’s Sylphe Svetlana Lunkina made it impossible for you to take your eyes off her for even an instant. Hers was the ideal performance and the perfect casting choice for closing the run. Ms. Lunkina is an unforgettable dancer, and represents yet another stunning principal artist thriving in National Ballet’s fold. I could watch her forever.” Read more…
Special evening for all of us! We were a part of the spacial program “Share the Magic”. “Share the Magic” programme provides a unique and memorable experience to youth and families affected by illness, poverty and other socio-economic challenges by providing free access to live ballet performances. It was a honour to perform in favour of the Syrian refugees who joined us for the free Share the Magic performance of Romeo and Juliet!