Svetlana Zakharova (Dancer)|
Born in Lutsk, in the Ukraine. In 1989, she entered Kiev
Choreographic School. In Kiev, she trained with Valery Sulegina. Having finished
six years at the Kiev School, Zakharova took part in a young dancers‘
competition Vaganova-Prix in St. Petersburg. Her phenomenal physique
(extraordinary flexibility, big step, stability, stable rotation) were noted at
once. She won second prize and received an invitation to join the graduating
course at Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. In 1996, Zakharova graduated from
the Vaganova Academy, ennobling the first graduation by Yelena Yevteyeva, former
distinguished ballerina of the Mariynsky Theatre. That same year she was accepted in the theatre‘s company
and in the following season was promoted to principal dancer. Famous ballerina
and teacher Olga Moiseeva became her permanent teacher and mentor.
Throughout her time at the Mariynsky Theatre, Zakharova gained a vast
Tchaikovsky Pas de
The Dying Swan;
(The Fountain of Bakhchisarai. Music by Boris Astafiev. Choreography by
Masha (The Nutcracker.
Choreography by Vassili Vainonen);
Corsaire. Choreography by Pyotr Gusev after Marius
(Les Noces. Music by Igor Stravinsky. Alexei Miroshnichenko
Queen of the Dryads (Don Quixote);
(The Sleeping Beauty. Choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by
Konstantin Sergeyev. Revival of Mariu§?e Petipa‘s production by Sergei
Serenade (Choreography by Georges Balanchine);
Odette-Odile (Konstantin Sergeyev version);
Soloist (Poem of Ecstasy to music by Alexander
Scriabin. Alexei Ratmansky production);
Soloist Part 1
(Symphony in C);
Nikia (La Bayadere.
Choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Vladimir Ponomarev, Vakhtang
Chabukiani. Revival of Petipa‘s production by Sergei
Soloist in Diamonds (Jewels);
Soloist (Now and Then to music to
Mariu§?e Ravel. John Neumeier production);
(The Young Lady and The Hooligan to music by Dmitry
Shostakovich. Choreography by Konstantin Boyarsky);
(Scheherazade), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet. Choreography by
(to music by Yuri Khanon. Alexei Ratmansky production);
One of her permanent
partners was Igor Zelensky - the principal of the Mariynsky Theatre and an
In 2001-2003 Svetlana Zakharova was a permanent participant to the
International Ballet Festival "Mariynsky", which rewarded her with the
partnership of such international stars as Jose Manoel Carreno, Ethan Stiefel
and Vladimir Malakhov. She took part in the most prominent tours with the
Mariynsky Theatre. On numerous occasions, she danced on the stages of The
Bolshoi Theatre (exchange tours), Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera , the
Kennedy Center in Washington (2002), Theatre du Chatelet (2002) in Paris and the
opera theatre in Graz (Austria).
Svetlana Zakharova‘s international career began in 1999-2000. She performed
the role of Medora in Le Corsaire in 1999 at Teatro Colon, staged by Makhar Vaziev. In 2000, she danced in
The Nutcracker staged by Balanchine with the New-York City Ballet. In
2001, she performed in L‘Histoire de Manon with the
Bayerisches Staatsballett Ballet Company (on both occasions she was partnered by
Igor Zelensky). In 2002, Zakharova (partnered by Carreno) performed in a gala
concert of international ballet stars that took place at Palace des Arts in
Montreal. She also participated in a gala dedicated to Rudolf Nureyev at Teatro
alla Scala (partnered by Nikolai Tsiskaridze).
As a guest star, Svetlana Zakharova successfully mastered new variations of
well known classical ballets. She danced four versions of Swan Lake - by
Natalia Makarova in Rio de Janeiro (2001), by Rudolf Nureyev at
Opera de Paris (2002), by Derek Deane with the English
National Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall in London (2002, partner -
Sergei Filin), and by Galina Samsova at the Rome Opera (2003).
In 2002, she danced the title role in The Sleeping Beauty (version by
Paul Chalmer) at the Rome Opera, and Nikia in
La Bayadere staged by Nureyev at Opera de Paris. In 2003,
she performed in La Bayadere (choreography by Asami) with the New
National Theatre Ballet in Tokyo, with which, the year prior, she
danced Odette-Odile in Swan Lake staged by Konstantin Sergeyev. In 2004,
Zakharova was a guest star with Teatro San Carlo in Naples,
where she had a debut in La Bayadere (production by Derek Deane).
During the 2003-2004 season, Svetlana Zakharova joined the company of the
Bolshoi Theatre, where she was trained by distinguished ballerina Lyudmila
Semenyaka, who represents the Petersburg ballet school. Her first performance
there was Giselle by Vladimir Vasiliev (before her move to Moscow, she
danced this ballet three times in the Bolshoi Theatre). In 2003, the French Bel
Air Company filmed Cesare Pugni‘s La Fille du Pharaon in the Bolshoi
Theatre (production by Pierre Lacotte after Marius Petipa) for the ballet‘s
subsequent release on DVD. This was Svetlana Zakharova‘s first performance as
Svetlana Zakharova has been
acknowledged for her skills. She is the recipient of awards such as a prize from
the Vaganova-Prix competition, the "Our Hope" prize from "Baltica" Brewery
(1997), and the special St. Petersburg prize "People of Our City" (2001). Twice
she was awarded with the Golden Mask National theatre award for the
best woman ballet role - in 1999 (Serenada by Georges Balanchine) and in
2000 (The Sleeping Beauty - version by Sergei Vikharev).
she was awarded the title of Merited Artist of the Russian
Repertory for Bolshoi Theatre
(Giselle. Vladimir Vasiliev production, then Yuri Grigorovich
Aspicia (La Fille du Pharaon
Odette-Odile (Yuri Grigorovich
Princess Aurora (The
Sleeping Beauty. Yuri Grigorovich production)
2 (Symphony in C)
Nikia (La Bayadere. Yuri Grigorovich
Kitri (Don Quixote. Alexei
Midnight‘s Summer Dream. John Neumeier production) - creation at
(Raimonda. Yuri Grigorovich
Carmen (Carmen Suite. Alberto Alonso
(Cinderella. Yuri Possokhov and Yuri Borisov
In March 2004, she danced the title role in
Giselle for the Opera National de Paris. The part of
Albrecht was danced by Laurent Hilaire.
In April 2004, she made her
Teatro di San Carlo (Naples) debut in the role of Nikia in
La Bayadere (Derek Deane’s production). The
role of Solor was danced by Roberto Bolle.
In May 2004, she appeared in La
Bayadere (Natalia Makarova version) with ABT at
Metropolitan Opera. Her partner was Jose Manuel Carreno.
In 2004, she danced
the role of Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty (Konstantin Sergeyev
version) at the New National Theatre, Tokyo. Her partner was Andrei
In November 2004, she danced Odette-Odile in Swan Lake
(Vladimir Bourmeister version) at La Scala (partner - Roberto
Bolle) and the title role in Raymonda at Tokyo’s New National
Theatre (Asami Maki version, partner - Andrei Uvarov).
2004, she danced Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty (Rudolph Nureyev version)
at the Paris Opera. Partner - Jose Martinez.
In January 2005, she appeared as
Nikia (La Bayadere - Natalia Makarova version) in Hamburg, with John
Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet. Partner - Irzhi Bubenichek.
April 2005, she danced the title role in Giselle at La Scala. Partner -
In June 2005, she danced Kitri in Don Quixote (Alexei
Fadeyechev version) at the New National Theatre, Tokyo. Partner - Andrei
In August 2005, also at this Theatre, she appeared in the ballet
Le Jeune homme et la mort to music by Johann-Sebastian Bach
(choreography Roland Petit). Partner - Igor Zelensky.
In December 2005, she
danced Odette-Odile in Swan Lake (Rudolph Nureyev version) at the Paris
Opera. Her partner at the first performance was Jean-Guillaume Bart, at the
second - Nicolas Le Riche.
In January 2006, she danced Odette-Odile
(Konstantin Sergeyev version) at the New National Theatre, Tokyo. Partner -
DVD: Bel air
La fille du pharaon
in the part of Aspicia
In 2005, for her
performance as Hippolyta-Titania in John Neumeier’s A Midsummer Night’s
Dream, she was awarded the Benois de la Danse International Dance
Association prize; she was also awarded the title of Merited Artist of the
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