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 Wonderland, The Nutcracker, Manon and
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.
“Austere as Odette, bewitching as Odile,
Ms. Lunkina sparkled as both technical virtuoso and dramatic tour de force.” BachTrack.com,
... black night’s bright day ...
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