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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Svetlana Lunkina has high praise for Canada

Ismene Brown's blog provides a translation of a long interview in Isvestia with ex-Bolshoi Ballerina Svetlana Lunkina, who has just become a Guest Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada. What does "Guest Principal Dancer" mean in practical terms?
Here are some highlights.
1) Lunkina says she cannot now go back to the Bolshoi because her family (she has two children) cannot leave Canada
2) She is currently learning James Kudelka's new work for the NBOC's "Innovation" program of three world premieres in November. She says she will be dancing with the NBOC throughout the year but cannot provide details.
3) Wayne McGregor is also currently creating a new work on the NBOC, but more information is not forthcoming. [There is no McGregor work listed in the rep for 2013-14, so presumably this is for the 2014-15 season.]
4) She finds that Karen Kain and the NBOC have a very "human attitude" that is currently lacking in the Bolshoi.

For the full interview, please visit Ismene Brown's blog.

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