The following exciting news came today via an ABT press release:
Berlin State Opera Ballet’s Polina Semionova is to debut as a Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre for the 2011 Metropolitan Opera House season, as announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. Polina 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.
Polina’s 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, as well as 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 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.
Her 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).
- Our interview with Polina where she discusses guesting all over the globe
- A clip of Polina and Stuttgart Ballet’s Friedemann Vogel dancing the Black Swan Pas de Deux
- Reflections, a new Bolshoi/Orange County Performing Arts Centre project with a starry line-up including Polina
Subscriptions for American Ballet Theatre’s 2011 Spring Season at the Metropolitan Opera House are on sale now by phone or via ABT’s website.