Svetlana Lunkina

Svetlana Lunkina 2013-14 Photo Credits

Svetlana Lunkina. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.

  • (Thumbnail) Svetlana Lunkina Don Quixote
    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, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet. During her first year at the Bolshoi, at the age of 18, Ms. Lunkina danced the title role in Giselle, becoming the youngest Giselle in the history of the Bolshoi Theater. In 2005, Ms. Lunkina was promoted to Principal Dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet and in 2013, joined The National Ballet of Canada as a Principal Guest Artist.

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. Lukina appeared in the film
St. Petersburg-Cannes Express by the American Director John Daly in 2003. Her many awards includethe 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.