Svetlana Lunkina

Svetlana Lunkina 2013-14 Photo Credits

Svetlana Lunkina. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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    SL 2014/15

    Svetlana Lunkina. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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    LUNTS 2014 8

    Svetlana Lunkina. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

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    SWA4 2014 11

    Svetlana Lunkina in Swan Lake. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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    SWAN4 2014 17

    Svetlana Lunkina and Evan McKie in Swan Lake. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

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    Svetlana Lunkina Don Quixote

    Svetlana Lunkina in Don Quixote. Photo by Bruce Zinger.

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    Svetlana Lunkina

    Svetlana Lunkina. 

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    Svetlana Lunkina Unearth

    Svetlana Lunkina and Piotr Stanczyk in rehearsal for Unearth. Photo by Bruce Zinger. 


Svetlana Lunkina was born in Moscow and trained at the Moscow Choreographic Academy. Upon her graduation in 1997, Ms. Lunkina joined the Bolshoi Ballet and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2005. In 2013, she joined The National Ballet of Canada as a Principal Guest Artist and became a Principal Dancer with the company in 2014. 

Ms. Lunkina's repertoire with the National Ballet includes principal roles in Swan Lake, Alice's Adventures in WonderlandThe Nutcracker, Manon and Nijinsky.  

Over her 15 year career at the Bolshoi Ballet, Ms. Lunkina danced many leading roles in both classical and contemporary ballets. Her repertoire includes lead roles in Swan Lake, La Bayadère, Raymonda, Spartacus, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, La Sylphide, Le Corsaire, Carmen and La Fille du Pharaon. She also danced featured roles in Serenade, Jewels, Afternoon of a Faun and Chroma. In 2002, Alexander Grant set the role of Lise in La Fille mal Gardée on her. Ms. Lunkina has also worked extensively with Roland Petit, who set the roles of Lisa in Pique Dame and Esmeralda in Notre Dame de Paris on her. In 2008, Mr. Petit updated his ballet La Rose Malade especially for her.  

Ms. Lunkina is in demand as a guest artist at ballet companies around the world including the Berlin State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Teatro dell Opera in Rome, Paris Opéra Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet, Bucharest National Ballet, Polish National Opera and the National Ballet of Japan. 

Ms. Lunkina appeared in the film St. Petersburg-Cannes Express by the American Director John Daly in 2003. Her many awards include the Triumph youth award in 2001, Prix de Benois de la Danse in 2007, Brilliance of the 21st Century in 2008 and Ballerina of the Decade in 2010. 


Swan Lake 
“Austere as Odette, bewitching as Odile, Ms. Lunkina sparkled as both technical virtuoso and dramatic tour de force.”, 2014 

... black night’s bright day ... 
“Guillaume Côté and new principal guest artist Svetlana Lunkina (a former Bolshoi ballerina) also impress in their smooth-as-silk pas de deuxwhich culminates with her dying in his arms.” National Post, 2013