Polina Semionova to guest with ABT at 2011 Spring Met season
Posted 04 January 2011 - 09:33 AM
WITH AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE FOR 2011 SPRING SEASON AT
METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE
Polina Semionova, a principal dancer with Berlin State Opera Ballet, will
debut as a Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre for the 2011 Metropolitan Opera
House season, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. With ABT,
Semionova will perform Kitri in Don Quixote at the matinee on Saturday, May 21,
opposite David Hallberg as Basilio, and the dual role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake on
Saturday evening, July 2, opposite Hallberg as Prince Siegfried.
Born in Moscow, Semionova studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School before
joining the Berlin State Opera Ballet as the company’s youngest principal dancer. Her
repertoire with Berlin State Opera Ballet includes Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Nikiya in
La Bayadère, Marie in The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty,
Swanilda in Coppélia, Kitri in Don Quixote, the title roles in Giselle and Manon, Tatiana
in John Cranko’s Onegin, Sieglinde and Brünhilde in Maurice Bejart’s Ring um den Ring,
Juliet in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet and the title roles in Roland Petit’s Carmen and
Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia. She has performed principal roles in Jerome Robbins’
Afternoon of a Faun, George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial, Apollo (Terpsichore),
Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Diamonds pas de deux,
William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Jirí Kylián’s Return to the
Strange Land. She has also appeared in works by Mauro Bigonzetti, Renato Zanella,
Uwe Scholz and Christian Spuck.
Semionova created the title role in Vladimir Malakhov’s Cinderella and
Creativity in Bigonzetti’s Caravaggio. She has appeared as a guest artist with English
National Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Zurich Ballet,
the Mariinsky Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet.
Semionova’s awards include a gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet
Competition (2001), First Prize at the Vaganova-Prix Ballet Competition in St. Petersburg,
the Junior Prize at the Nagoya International Ballet Competition (2002), Daphne Prize
(2004), German Critics Choice Award (2005) and the Dance Open Award (2010).
Subscriptions for American Ballet Theatre’s 2011 Spring Season at the
Metropolitan Opera House are on sale now now by phone 212-362-6000 or online at
ABT’s website www.abt.org.
Posted 04 January 2011 - 02:35 PM
Posted 04 January 2011 - 05:48 PM
P Semionova to perform two ballets opposite Hallberg as part of the Met 2011 season.
Posted 05 January 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted 05 January 2011 - 10:51 PM
Semionova is wonderful in Swan Lake. One of the best - gorgeous, long undulating limbs, highly musical, soulful. On the other hand, I was surprised that such a statuesque and 'queenly' dancer would be cast as Kitri. She'll be a Kitri in the Bussell and Wiles mold.
In the Swan Lake I saw her give with the Mikhailovsky this past summer I found her a rather cool Odette and liked her rather charmingly sly (and very well danced) Odile better. I have liked cool Odette's in the past, but just was not terribly moved by the performance I saw. Certainly I would be happy to see more of her though and she is an interesting choice for ABT.
Posted 06 January 2011 - 05:27 AM
I will have to rely on BTers and Youtube to let me know what I'm missing!
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