Svetlana Lunkina in Swan Lake
Posted 05 February 2003 - 08:12 AM
Lunkina’s Odile was more traditional and more suited her personality. She is very beautiful dancer, with mild plastique and exceptional grace, and she showed that qualities to the advantage. She paid a lot of attention to the Prince (her Odette almost never noticed him), she was supercilious and playful – poor Prince have no chance against her! Her technique was not very secure but I dont mind – her stage presence was strong.
In the last lake scene Lunkina was white and unhappy again but showed more warmth. Her death in the end was touching.
The role of Prince Seigfried was danced by Konstantin Ivanov. His acting was convincing and his arms elegant, but the movements of his legs looked sloppy.
Morihiro Ivata received great applauses as the Jester. Maria Alexandrova as Spanish Bride and Ekaterina Shipulina as Polish Bride was beautiful.
Posted 05 February 2003 - 08:20 AM
I was especially interested to read about Lunkina, a ballerina whom I've not yet seen. She hasn't been on the company's last three visits to Washington and we are very curious about her. I loved your description of her white swan (and I have to say I like it that you didn't care that her technique was shaky!)
Posted 05 February 2003 - 10:18 AM
I gather she is also cast now as Esmeralda in Petit's "Notre-Dame de Paris" which will be premiered at the Bolshoi on February 15?
Posted 06 February 2003 - 11:43 AM
I think Lunkina’s technique never was as strong as that of Galina Stepanenko or Maria Alexandrova but she have bright personality and ability to act. Her personages usually are pensive and lyrical but in the last season she showed strong will that looks very interesting in contrast with her fragility. Her Lisa in Roland Petit’s Dame Pique, who is by the plot a poor relation of old woman who sold her soul to Devil, also looked mysterious, as if she is private to some awful secret. In La Syphide (she made her debut last April with beautiful Sergei Filin as James) she looked light and at the same time sensual, chemistry with her partner was great. Last June I also saw her Giselle with Nicolai Tsiskaridze – in the second act Svetlana showed such a temperament that Myrtha apparently will have a serious rival for her throne! Alexandra, if you’ll have opportunity to see Lunkina, be ready to everything
Posted 07 February 2003 - 01:17 AM
Posted 07 February 2003 - 01:41 AM
Posted 07 February 2003 - 02:43 AM
Interesting point you make, Ina, about the coaching system at the Bolshoi, raising the question whether it makes sense to have coaches teaching a role which they hardly ever or even never danced, let alone possessed it in such way to be in the right position to reveal all its secrets to their pupils? We have similar examples like that at the Kirov (Chenchikova coaching Dumchenko in "Chopiniana" and "Romeo and Juliet" for instance).
A problem facing Lunkina at the Bolshoi might be that from the very start of her career (especially by then director Vasiliev and his wife Maximova) she has been catalogued as the quintessential romantic dancer, the frail, dreamy looking ballerina born to dance "Giselle", "Sylphide", "Chopiniana". Up to a point this could be correct, although in my view there is also something of a solid classicist in her, the ballerina which should be at her best in roles like Aurora, Raymonda, Paquita, the dream sequence in "Don Quixote" etc. and I think it would be a shame not to let her explore and develop this part of the repertory as well.
Posted 07 February 2003 - 11:37 PM
Posted 08 February 2003 - 08:14 AM
But then, it's hard to find a traditional production these days.
Posted 11 April 2003 - 06:34 PM
Posted 11 April 2003 - 11:05 PM
On the http://www.memimirac...rsburg/cast.htm is bios of the movie actors of “StPeterburg-Cannes Express” including Lunkina, and there is enigmatic remark that Svetlana “will next perform as a prima ballerina at the La Scala Di Milano Theatre in Italy”. I wonder is it mean that she will guest with the La Scala Ballet? May be somebody know anything about it?
Posted 21 July 2003 - 12:50 PM
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