Svetlana Lunkina

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 Maksimova. 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 around 60 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).

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 Malahov 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 exhibit, created by the international acclaimed artist Anna Gaskell.

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), Esmeral “Spartacus” (Grigrovich), Phrygia “The Bright Stream” (Ratmansky),  Zina  “Symphony in C” (Balanchine), Second Movement “Gaité Parisienne” (Massine), Glove Seller “Les Présages” (Massine), Passio “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” (Petit)“Chroma” (Wayne McGregor), solois“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” (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky), soloist “The Sleeping Beauty “ (Rudolf Nureyev), Aurora.

Guest  Star:

 Berlin State Opera- Kirov Ballet  (St. Petersburg) -  Rome Opera Theater  Ballet - Vienna State Opera House -Paris Opera Bavarian State Ballet (Munich, Germany),  Bucharest Opera and Ballet Theater (Romania),    Polish National Opera (Warsaw, Poland), National Ballet of Japan,  National Ballet of Canada.