Polina Semionova

Born in Moscow, Polina Semionova received her ballet education at the Bolshoi Ballet School and was engaged as Principal Dancer at the Ballet of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden immediately after graduating at the age of 17. Since September 2012 she has been Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Principal Guest at the Mikhailovsky Theater St. Petersburg and at the Bavarian State Ballet Munich.

Polina Semionova dances almost all major parts of classical ballet: Odette/Odile (»Swan Lake«), Nikia (»La Bayadère«), Marie (»The Nutcracker«), Princess Aurora (»Sleeping Beauty«), Swanilda (»Coppélia«), Kitri (»Don Quixote«), Giselle and Myrtha (»Giselle«), Tatjana (John Crankos »Onegin«), Sieglinde and Brünnhilde (Maurice Béjart’s »Ring around the Ring«), »Manon« (title role), Julia (in Kenneth MacMillan’s, Leonid Lavrowski’s and Nacho Duato’s versions of »Romeo and Juliet«), Michail Fokin’s »Scheherazade« and »Les Sylphides«, the title roles in Vladimir Malakhov’s »Cinderella«, Roland Petit’s »Carmen« or Frederick Ashton’s »Sylvia«. Her neoclassical repertoire includes Jerome Robbins’ »Afternoon of a Faun«, George Balanchine’s »Ballet Imperial«, »Diamonds«, »Apollon musagète« (Terpsichore), »A Midsummer Night’s Dream«, »Tchaikovsky-Pas-de-deux«, »Theme and Variations« and »Symphony in C«. She also interpreted William Forsythe’s »The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude« and »Herman Schmerman«, John Neumeier’s »Nutcracker«, »Lady of the Camellias« and »A Midsummer Night’s Dream«, Jiří Kylián’s »Return to a Foreign Land«, Antony Tudor’s »The Leaves are fading« and Nacho Duato’s »White Darkness«.

Choreographers such as Mauro Bigonzetti, Nacho Duato, Patrice Bart, Renato Zanella, Uwe Scholz, Alexei Ratmansky, Giorgio Madia, Twyla Tharp and Christian Spuck worked with her and created roles for her. Invitations have led Polina Semionova to the Milan Scala, the American Ballet Theatre, the Bavarian State Ballet, the Mikhailovsky Theater St. Petersburg, the Dresden Semperoper Ballet, the English National Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Vienna State Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Ballet of the Mariinsky Theater St. Petersburg, Bolschoi Ballet Moscow, Stuttgart Ballet and the Ballet of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

The appreciation of her work finds expression in numerous awards: In 2001 she was awarded the Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow, in 2002 the First Prize of the Waganowa Ballet Competition St. Petersburg and the Junior Prize of the International Ballet Competition Nagoya Japan. In 2004 she was honored with the Berlin Audience Award »Daphne«, in 2005 with the »Deutschen Kritikerpreis« as well as the »Deutschen Tanzpreis Zukunft«. In 2007 she was named »Dancer of the Year« by the German ballet magazine »tanz« and received the »Heinz Spoerli Prize« in 2008. In 2014 she was awarded the most important prize in the ballet world, the »Benois de la Danse«. In April 2017 she was finally appointed »Berliner Kammertänzerin« by the Berlin Senate. In 2013 Polina Semionova was appointed the youngest honorary professor at the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin.