Viktorina Kapitonova

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Viktorina Kapitonova
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Born (1985-06-30) June 30, 1985 (age 36)
EducationKazan Ballet School
OccupationPrima ballerina
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Current groupBoston Ballet
Former groupsBallett Zürich, Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre Dzhalilja Opera House, Kazan
DancesSwan Lake, , Giselle, Anna Karenina (Christian Spuck)

Viktorina Kapitonova (born June 30, 1985) is a Russian ballerina. She is a principal dancer with Boston Ballet.

Early life and education[edit]

Kapitonova was born in Cheboksary a city in the north of Chuvashia, a regional republic of Russia. The eldest daughter of beekeepers, she started to study ballet at the age of nine at a local school.


At the age of 12, Kapitonova was accepted in to the Kazan Ballet School. There in the Dzhalilja Opera House in 2005, she danced solo roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Coppélia and The Nutcracker.[1] Kapitonova won the prize of "Young Ballet of Russia" and the "Arabesque" competitions.[2] Kapitonova also invited to train in Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet as part of a training program.

In season 2008/09, Kapitonova moved to the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre in Moscow, before accepting an offer from Heinz Spoerli to dance in Ballett Zürich as a principal dancer. Kapitonova was a guest dancer in Zagreb Operhouse for two weeks in the lead role of Swan Lake

Under the Swiss choreographer and artistic director Heinz Spoerli, Kapitonova danced modern style choreographies and leading roles of classical ballets, culminating in Spoerli's Odile/Odette in his version of Swan Lake. In 2012 Kapitonova danced at Spoerli's Farewell Gala that toured Switzerland.[3]

Kapitonova has worked with the following choreographers: Alexei Ratmansky, Derek Deane, Patrice Bart, Nacho Duato, Douglas Lee, Wayne McGregor, Edward Clug, Hans van Manen, Marius Petipa, Yury Grigorovich, George Balanchine. Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Paul Lightfoot and Jiří Kylián[4]

In 2014 Ballett Zürich director Christian Spuck created a new full-length ballet of Leo Tolstoy "Anna Karenina" for Kapitonova.[5] Which was awarded a Critic's choice for 'Outstanding Performance by a Female Artist' in Dance Europe Magazine in October 2015. Anna Karenina was also awarded a critic's award for 'Best Premiere'.

In 2015 Kapitonova danced the lead in Giselle for the first time with international guest stars Roberto Bolle and Friedemann Vogel from which she received positive feedback from the audience and the critics.[6] Kapitonova opened the Mini-Giselle Festival performances at Staatsballett Berlin on 3 March 2016 which included Polina Semionova, Maria Eichwald and Iana Salenko

On 6 February 2016, Kapitonova danced Odile Odette at the world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's reconstruction of Petipa/Ivanov's original Swan Lake choreography following Stepanov notations stored at Harvard University.[7] Receiving critical acclaim for her performances.[8]

Kapitonova won the 'Ballet Friends of Zürich Prize' for best ballerina for the season 2014/15 for her stage presence, technique and impact on the stage.[9] In an interview by SRF, Kapitonova pledged to give the CHF3,000 to her family in Russia.[10]

In 2018 Kapitonova joined Boston Ballet as a Principal Ballet Dancer.

Kapitonova often performs as a guest performer in international ballet galas, such as Roberto Bolle & Friends[11] and Marika Besobrasova International Dance Gala [12] In the summer 2015, Kapitonova performed in Elisa Carrillo Cabrera's 'Elisa y Amigos' gala in Mexico with other international dance stars.[13]

Kapitonova had the honour of opening the 15th Anniversary Dance Open Gala of the Stars in April 2016.


  1. ^ "THE INTERNET BALLET DATABASE | Artist | Kapitonova Viktorina". Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  2. ^ "Ballett Zürich - Über uns - Opernhaus Zürich". 2016-01-17. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  3. ^ "Spoerli´s Zurich Farewell". 2012-04-01. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  4. ^ "Biography | Viktorina Kapitonova Principal Ballet Dancer and International Guest". 2014-10-02. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  5. ^ "MAG Nr. 22: Anna Karenina by Opernhaus Zürich". Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  6. ^ "Notizen - Kiosk - Opernhaus Zürich". Archived from the original on 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  7. ^ "Review: Zurich Ballet's 'Swan Lake' Looks to a Classic Version From Long Ago". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  8. ^ Louise Levene (2016-02-08). "Swan Lake, Opernhaus Zurich — 'Triumphant'". Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  9. ^ "Notizen - Kiosk - Opernhaus Zürich". Archived from the original on 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  10. ^ "Die Besten auf der Bühne – Das Ballett Zürich feiert seine Tänzer - Glanz & Gloria - TV - Play SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen". 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  11. ^ "Grandi stelle per i sogni dei piccoli. Roberto Bolle & Friends Gala "I have a dream" – FOUR Magazine". 2013-10-30. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  12. ^ "Fondation Marika Besobrasova - Actualités Avril 2014". Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  13. ^ "Elisa y amigos 2015". YouTube. 2015-05-01. Retrieved 2016-03-06.

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