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Svetlana Lunkina

Principal Dancer

Born in Moscow. In 1997, she completed her studies at the Moscow Choreographic Academy (Marina Leonova’s class) and joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company. In her first year at the Bolshoi, she danced the main role in the premiere performances of a new production of Giselle by Vladimir Vasiliev (2nd cast, partner Nikolai Tsiskaridze).
In this, and all her subsequent roles, she was rehearsed by Ekaterina Maximova.
In 2001, she twice danced the title role in Giselle at the Bolshoi Theatre, partnered by Vladimir Malakhov.
In the 2003/04 season, she was absent on maternal leave.
In October 2004, she returned to the stage and her first performance was again in the title role of Giselle.

Main Repertory for Bolshoi Theatre

Title role
(Giselle. Vladimir Vasiliev production)
Fairy of Tenderness (The Sleeping Beauty. Yuri Grigorovich production)

Gumpe (La Bayadere. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Title role (Anyuta to music by Valery Gavrilin. Vladimir Vasiliev production)
Fairy of Silver (The Sleeping Beauty)

Kitri (Don Quixote. Alexei Fadeyechev production) — debut at the Coliseum Theatre in London
Princess Aurora
(The Sleeping Beauty) — debut on Bolhsoi Theatre’s tour in Spain
Soloist Part 1 (Symphony in C)

Soloist (The Afternoon of a Faun. Choreography by Jerome Robbins) — creation at Bolshoi Theatre
(La Fille du Pharaon. production by Pierre Lacotte after Marius Petipa)

Russian Bride (Swan Lake. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Prelude and 7th Waltz (Chopiniana)
Soloist (Passacaille to music by Anton von Webern. Rolan Petit production) — creation at Bolshoi Theatre
(La Dame de Pique to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Rolan Petit production) — creation
1st variation in Raimonda’s Dreams, Clemence
(Raimonda. Yuri Grigorovich production)

Odette-Odile(Swan Lake)

Esmeralda (Notre-Dame de Paris. Rolan Petit production) — creation at Bolshoi Theatre

Phrygia (Spartacus)

Glove Seller (Gaite Parisienne to music by Jacques Offenbach. Choreography by Leonide Massine ) - creation in Russia
Passion (Les Presages to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Choreography by Leonide Massine)
Soloist Part 2 (Symphony in C)
Zina (The Bright Stream. Music by Dmitry Shostakovich. Alexei Ratmansky production) — debut at the Metropolitan Opera
Soloist (Jeu de cards. Music by Igor Stravinsky. Alexei Ratmansky creation)

Lise (La Fille mal gardee. Music by Louis Herold; choreography by Frederick Ashton)
Marie (The Nutcracker; Yuri Grigorovich production)

Nikia (La Bayadere)
Medora (Le Corsaire. Production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka after Marius Petipa)
Pupil (Georges Delerue’s The Lesson; choreography by Flemming Flindt)


In 1998, she appeared at the International Ballet Festival held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Ballet of Cuba.
In 2002, she appeared with Sergei Filin in Japan, with the Malakhov and Friends Enterprise.
In the same year, she twice took part in Gala-Concerts, held under the auspices of the Stars of the 21st Century project (New York, Toronto — partner Dmitry Gudanov).
In 2003, she appeared with Andrei Uvarov in a production of Swan Lake with the Ballet Company of Belgrade’s National Theatre.
In 2004, she again appeared in a Stars of the 21st Century concert and again with Dmitry Gudanov (Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris).


Lunkina played the part of a Russian terrorist, operating at the beginning of the last century, in the feature film The Petersburg Cannes Express in which well-known Russian actors took part (director — John Daly, the producer of Terminator; Miracle Entertainment Film Company, 2003).


In 2001, Lunkina was awarded the Triumph youth grant prize.

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