In the 2013/14 season, star ballerina Polina Semionova will once more appear as a guest dancer with the Bavarian State Ballet.
She already worked with Mr. Neumeier and the company during the intensive rehearsal period for the première of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Munich. Alongside Matej Urban as Theseus/Oberon Polina Semionova will make her debut as Hippolyta/Titania on December 8, 2013. She will dance the same role again on December 14 as well as during the Ballet Festival Week 2014.
On November 22 and 30, (preceding her appearance in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) she returns to Munich to guest in the role of the beautiful temple dancer Nikija in La Bayadère. In 1998, this extraordinary and unique version of Petipa’s ballet was created by Patrice Bart especially for the Munich company.
Furthermore, Ms. Semionova will take on the role of Louise in John Neumeier’s The Nutcracker on January 18 and 26. Her debut in December 2012, during the first live stream of the Bavarian State Ballet, was viewed and admired by more than 40.000 people from all over the world.
Marius Petipa/Patrice Bart
- La Bayadère
- Fr 22.11.13, 7:30 pm
- Sa 30.11.13, 7:30 pm
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- Su 08.12.13, 6:00 pm
- Sa 14.12.13, 7:30 pm
- The Nutcracker
- Sa 18.01.14, 7:30 pm
- So 26.01.14, 7:30 pm
Biography Polina Semionova
Born in Moscow in 1984, Polina Semionova studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School. Graduating in 2002, Semionova was invited to join the Berlin State Opera Ballet as a principal dancer, becoming at the age of 17, the youngest principal in the company’s history. During her first season she danced the leading roles in The Nutcracker and La Bayadère and Tatiana in Onegin.
Semionova’s repertoire 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, Giselle in Giselle, Tatiana in John Cranko’s Onegin, Sieglinde and Brünhilde in Maurice Bejart’s Ring um den Ring, Manon in Manon, Juliet in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella in Vladimir Malakhov’s Cinderella, Carmen in Roland Petit’s Carmen and Sylvia in Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia. She performed principal roles in Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial, Apollo (Terpsichore), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Diamonds pas de deux, William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Jiří 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 Cinderella in Malakhov’s Cinderella and Creativity in Bigonzetti’s Caravaggio.
Semionova has appeared as a guest artist with the English National Ballet in Swan Lake; Tokyo Ballet in Ashton’s Sylvia; Teatro alla Scala as Nikiya in La Bayadère, Carmen in Petit’s Carmen, Titania in Balanchine’s Midsummer Night’s Dream; Vienna State Opera Ballet as Swanilda in Coppélia and Giselle in Giselle; Maryinsky Ballet as Nikiya in La Bayadère, Zobeide in Fokine’s Scheherezade, Giselle in Giselle and Odette-Odile in Swan Lake; Bolshoi Ballet as Odette-Odile in Swan Lake and Nikiya in La Bayadère; The Stuttgart Ballet as Tatiana in Cranko’s Onegin, and joined the California Ballet.
Semionova stars as Odette-Odile in the Zurich Ballet production of Swan Lake which was recently filmed and released on DVD by Bel Air Classiques. She appears as the ballerina in Herbert Grönemeyer’s music video Demo (Letzter Tag) and is one of the featured artists in EuroArts DVD Divine Dancers Live from Prague, in which she dances the pas de deux from the ballet Manon.
Semionova’s awards include a gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2001, First Prize at the Vaganova-Prix Ballet Competition in St. Petersburg and the Junior Prize at the Nagoya International Ballet Competition in 2002, Daphne Prize (2004), German Critics Choice Award (2005) and the Dance Open Award (2010).
Semionova first appeared as a Guest Artist with ABT in 2011 and joined the Company as a Principal Dancer in September 2012. Her repertoire with the Company includes Terpsichore in Apollo, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Kitri in Don Quixote, Myrta in Giselle and Odette-Odile in Swan Lake.
Up to now Semionova performed two times in Munich, 2004 in The Sleeping Beauty and 2009 in Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun which was part of the Terpsichore-Gala VIII. In the 2012/2013 season Semionova will dance with the Bavarian State Ballet in John Neumeier’s The Nutcracker and Marius Petipa’s/Partice Bart’s La Bayadère.