*Polina Semionova, Dancer
Photo: Richard A. Egli
Polina Semionova was born in Moscow in 1984. She trained at the Bolshoi Ballet
Academy (class of Sofia Golovkina). While still a student at the Academy Ms.
Semionova was recruited by the Staatsballett Berlin and joined that company as a
Principal Dancer following her graduation in 2002. She was 17 years old. Currently, Ms.
Semionova is one of the world’s most sought after and respected ballerinas.
Ms. Semionova’s repertoire includes Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Nikiya in La Bayadere,
Marie in The Nutcracker, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppelia, Kitri in
Don Quixote, the title role in Giselle, Tatiana in John Cranko’s Onegin, Sieglinde and
Brünnhilde in Maurice Bejart’s Ring um den Ring, Manon Lesco in Manon, Juliet in
Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella in Vladimir Malakhov's Cinderella, Carmen in
Roland Petit’s eponymous ballet, and the title role in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia. She
performs principal roles in Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun; George Balanchine's
Ballet Imperial, Apollo (Terpsichore), Midsummer night’s Dream, Tchaikovsky Pas de
Deux, Diamonds Pas de Deux; William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude;
and Jiri Kylian’s Return to the Strange Land. She has also appeared in works by
Mauro Bigonzetti, Renato Zanella, Uwe Scholz, and Christian Spuck. Ms. Semionova
has created roles in Mr. Malakhov’s Cinderella (Cinderella) and Mr. Bigonzetti’s
As a guest artist Ms. Semionova has performed with Tokyo Ballet (Sylvia in Ashton’s
Sylvia), The English National Ballet (Odette-Odile in Swan Lake), Teatro alla Scala
(Nikya in La Bayadere, Carmen in Petit’ Carmen, Titania in Balanchine’s Midsummer
Night’s Dream), Vienna State Opera Ballet (Swanilda in Coppelia, the title role in
Giselle), Mariinsky Ballet (Nikya in La Bayadere, Zobeide in Fokin’s Scheherezade,
Giselle, and Odette-Odile in Swan Lake), Bolshoi Ballet (Odette-Odile in Swan Lake,
Nikiya in La Bayadere), and The Stuttgart Ballet (Tatiana in John Cranko's Onegin).
In 2010 Polina Semionova made her debut with American Ballet Theatre at Metropolitan
Opera. She performed title roles in Don Quixote and Swan Lake.
Her awards include the Gold medal in the Junior Division at the Moscow International
Ballet Competition (2001), First Prize at the Vaganova-Prix Ballet Competition in St.
Petersburg (2002), Junior Gold medal at the Nagoya International Ballet Competition in
Japan (2002), Daphne Prize (2004), German Critic Choice Award (2005), and the Dance
Open Award (2010).
She stars as Odette-Odile in the Zurich Ballet production of Swan Lake which was
recently filmed and released on DVD by Bel Air Classiques. Ms. Semionova is also the
ballerina in Herbert Grönemeyer's music video "Demo (Letzter Tag)".
*United States of America and Special Projects presentation