Svetlana Lunkina

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Svetlana Lunkina
Swan Lake Lunkina.jpg
Svetlana Lunkina as Odette in Swan Lake, Bolshoi Theatre, 22 May 2011
Born Светлана Александровна Лунькина
(1979-07-29) July 29, 1979 (age 38)
Moscow, USSR (now Russia)
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 (2008), Prix Benois de la Danse (2007)

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


Svetlana Lunkina was born in Moscow and attended the Moscow Choreographic Academy. Upon her graduation in 1997, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet.[2] During her first season at the Bolshoi Theatre she was chosen to perform the title role in Giselle and thus, at the age of 18, became the youngest Giselle in the history of the Bolshoi.[3]

Over her 15-year career with the company, Lunkina danced many leading roles in both classical and contemporary ballets. In 2001 she was a Triumph Youth Award recipient, and the following year, Alexander Grant set the role of Lise in Frederick Ashton's La Fille mal gardée on her. Later she worked extensively with Roland Petit, who gave her the roles of Liza in La Dame de Pique and Esmeralda in Notre-Dame de Paris in their Bolshoi premieres. She also performed his La Rose Malade, which Petit updated for Lunkina for the first time since Maya Plisetskaya danced it. She was promoted to the rank of principal dancer in 2005. Lunkina was awarded Brilliance of the 21st Century award the same year. In 2010 she was awarded with the prize Ballerina of the Decade,[4] along with the three other well-known ballerinas: Diana Vishneva, Alina Cojocaru and Lucia Lacarra. During her career she also performed in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Don Quixote and The Sleeping Beauty, and appeared at such theatres as the Berlin and Vienna State Operas, and with the Paris Opera Ballet, among others.[4]

In 2002, Lunkina played one of the main characters in the feature film St.Petersburg-Cannes Express, by the American director John Daly; the world premiere screening took place in 2003 in Palm Springs, California.[5] In 2004, the Japanese portrait photographer Eichiro Sakata, included Lunkina in his photo gallery called "Piercing the Sky" as an outstanding contemporary personality.[6] In 2013 Lunkina became the main attraction and the “objet d'art” of a European art exhibit, created by the artist Anna Gaskell.

Lunkina joined the National Ballet of Canada as a principal guest artist[1][7] in August 2013 and as a permanent principal dancer the following year.[8] In 2014 she was invited as a guest dancer in South Korea,[9] and in April 2015 she performed in Taiwan.[10]

Lunkina is the artistic director of the Canada All Star Ballet Gala. Its first performance took place on 11 February 2017 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, featuring principal dancers from American Ballet Theatre, the Bolshoi Ballet, Rome Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Lunkina has two children: Maxim, born in January 2004, and Eva, born in April 2009.[3]


  • La Sylphide (choreography by August Bournonville): Sylph[13]
  • La Sylphide (choreography by Johan Kobborg, after August Bournonville): Sylph
  • Giselle (choreography by Vladimir Vasiliev, after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot): Giselle[14][15]
  • Giselle (choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot): Giselle
  • Giselle (choreography by Ray Barra, after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot): Giselle
  • Giselle (choreography by Carla Fracci, after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot): Giselle[16]
  • Giselle (choreography by Peter Wright, after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot): Giselle[17]
  • Swan Lake (choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov): Odette-Odile, Russian Bride
  • Swan Lake (choreography by Ray Barra, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov): Odette-Odile[18]
  • Swan Lake (choreography by James Kudelka, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov): Odette-Odile[19]
  • Swan Lake (choreography by Kyozo Mitani and Terry Westmoreland, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov): Odette-Odile[20]
  • The Sleeping Beauty (choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, after Marius Petipa): Princess Aurora, Fairy of Tenderness, Silver Fairy
  • The Sleeping Beauty (choreography by Rudolf Nureyev, after Marius Petipa): Princess Aurora[21]
  • The Nutcracker (choreography by Yuri Grigorovich): Marie
  • The Nutcracker (choreography by Rudolf Nureyev): Clara
  • The Nutcracker (choreography by James Kudelka): The Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Don Quixote (choreography by Alexei Fadeyechev, after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky): Kitri
  • La Bayadère (choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, after Marius Petipa): Nikiya,[22] D'Jampe
  • Le Corsaire (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka, after Marius Petipa): Medora
  • Raymonda (choreography by Carla Fracci, after Marius Petipa): Raymonda
  • Esmeralda (choreography by Yuri Burlaka and Vasily Medvedev, after Marius Petipa): Esmeralda
  • La Fille mal gardée (choreography by Frederick Ashton): Lise
  • La Fille du Pharaon (choreography by Pierre Lacotte, after Marius Petipa) : Aspicia
  • Notre-Dame de Paris (choreography by Roland Petit): Esmeralda (first interpreter at the Bolshoi)
  • Spartacus (choreography by Yuri Grigorovich): Phrygia[23]
  • Anyuta (choreography by Vladimir Vasiliev): Anyuta
  • Onegin (choreography by John Cranko): Tatiana[24]
  • Manon (choreography by Kenneth MacMillan): Lescaut's Mistress[25]
  • Nijinsky (choreography by John Neumeier): Romola de Pulszky,[26] Eleonora Bereda[27]
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (choreography by John Neumeier): Blanche DuBois[28]
  • Illusions perdues (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky): Coralie
  • The Bright Stream (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky): Zina
  • Romeo and Juliet (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky): Juliet[29]
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (choreography by Christopher Wheeldon): Alice's Mother/Queen of Hearts[30]
  • The Winter's Tale (choreography by Christopher Wheeldon): Paulina[31]
  • Le Petit Prince (choreography by Guillaume Côté): The Snake
  • Asuka (choreography by Asami Maki): Sugaru-Otome[32][33]
  • Le Jeune Homme et la Mort (choreography by Roland Petit): la Mort[34]
  • La Dame de Pique (choreography by Roland Petit): Liza (first interpreter at the Bolshoi)
  • Carmen Suite (choreography by Alberto Alonso): Carmen
  • The Lesson (choreography by Flemming Flindt): Pupil
  • Les Sylphides (called Chopiniana in the Bolshoi production, choreography by Michel Fokine): Prelude and 7th Waltz[35]
  • Le Spectre de la Rose (choreography by Michel Fokine)
  • The Dying Swan (choreography by Michel Fokine)
  • Gaîté Parisienne (choreography by Léonide Massine): Glove Seller (first interpreter at the Bolshoi)
  • Les Présages (choreography by Léonide Massine): Passion
  • La Rose Malade (choreography by Roland Petit)[36]
  • Passacaille (choreography by Roland Petit): soloist (first interpreter at the Bolshoi)
  • Serenade (choreography by George Balanchine)
  • Symphony in C (choreography by George Balanchine): First Movement, Second Movement
  • The Four Temperaments (choreography by George Balanchine): Sanguinic[37]
  • Jewels (choreography by George Balanchine): "Diamonds"
  • Pas de Quatre (choreography by Anton Dolin)
  • Afternoon of a Faun (choreography by Jerome Robbins): Young Girl (first interpreter at the Bolshoi)
  • Sentimental Waltz (choreography by Vladimir Vasiliev)
  • Jeu de cards (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky)
  • Piano Concerto no. 1 (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky)[38]
  • Misericordes (choreography by Christopher Wheeldon; world premiere)[39]
  • Chroma (choreography by Wayne McGregor)[40]
  • Genus (choreography by Wayne McGregor)[41]
  • Dream of Dream (choreography by Jorma Elo; world premiere)
  • …black night's bright day (choreography by James Kudelka)[42]
  • Unearth (choreography by Robert Binet)
  • Being and Nothingness (choreography by Guillaume Côté; world premiere)[43][44]
  • Dark Angels (choreography by Guillaume Côté; world premiere)[45]


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