Polina Semionova


born in Moscow, Russia


Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow


2002–2012 Principal Dancer, Staatsballett Berlin
2012–2016 Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theater
Since 2014, Principal Guest, Staatsballett Berlin


“Bolero” (Bejart) “Afternoon of a Faun” (Robbins) “Ballet Imperial” (Balanchine) “Diamonds / Jewels” (Balanchine) “Terpsichore / Apollo” (Balanchine) “Symphony in C” (Balanchine) “Theme and Variations” (Balanchine) “Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Balanchine) “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux” (Balanchine) “The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude” (Forsythe) “Herman Schmerman” (Forsythe) “Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness” (Duato) “White Darkness” (Duato) “Arcangelo” (Duato) “Return to the Strange Land” (Kylian) “Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1” (Tippets) “Symphony No. 2” (Scholz) “Ein Lindentraum” (Scholz) “Paquita” (Petipa) “Caravaggio” (Bigonzetti) “Cinque” (Bigonzetti)


Odette-Odile “Swan Lake” (Petipa, Ivanov, Bart, Grigorovich, McKenzie) Tatiana “Onegin” (Cranko) Marguerite Gautier “The Lady of the Camellias” (Neumeier) Manon Lescaut “Manon” (MacMillan) Juliet “Romeo and Juliet” (Cranko, MacMillan, Lavrovski, Duato) Nikiya “La Bayadere” (Petipa, Makarova, Malakhov, Watkin, Ratmansky) Kitri “Don Quixote” (Petipa, Gorsky, Ullate, McKenzie) Carmen “Carmen” (Petit) Marie, Louise “The Nutcracker” (Bart, Neumeier) Princess Aurora “Sleeping Beauty” (Petipa, Nureyev, Duato, Malakhov) Giselle, Myrta “Giselle” (Coralli, Perrot) Sylvia “Sylvia” (Ashton) Anitra “Peer Gynt” (Spoerli) Zobeide “Scheherazade” (Fokine) Swanilda “Coppellia” (Harangozo) Cinderella “Cinderella” (Malakhov) Sieglinde, Brunhilde “Ring um den Ring” (Bejart) “Les Sylphides” (Fokine) Titania “Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Neumeier


Gold Medal Laureate Moscow International Ballet Competition (Russia 2001) § Anna Pavlova Award Moscow International Ballet Competition (Russia 2001) § First Prize Vaganova Prix International Ballet Competition (St. Petersburg / Russia 2002) § Junior Prize Nagoya International Ballet Competition (Japan 2002) § Daphne Prize (Germany 2004) § German Dance Prize “Future” (Germany 2005) § Female Dancer of the Year Tanz-Magazine (Germany 2007) § Heinz Spoerli Prize (Switzerland 2008) § Dance Open Award (Russia 2010) § Honorary Professor Berlin State Ballet School (Germany 2013) § Prix Benois de la Dance (Russia 2014) § Berliner Kammertänzerin (Germany 2017) § Female Dancer of the Year Tanz-Magazine (Germany 2018)


Partners: Roberto Bolle, Friedeman Vogel, Marcello Gomes, Leonid Sarafanov, David Hallberg, Vladimir Malakhov, Igor Zelensky, Denis Matvienko, Corry Sterns, Dmitry Semionov and others.

2002 Polina Semionova was invited to join the Berlin State Ballet at the age of 17 as a Principal Artist, becoming the youngest Principal Dancer in the company’s history.

2003 Polina Semionova featured as the Ballerina in the music video “Demo (Letzter Tag)” of German rock/pop artist Herbert Grönemeyer.

2006 Polina Semionova was included in “100 Minds of Tomorrow – The Future in the Country of Ideas”, a project of the “German Historical Museum” and the tabloid “Bild”.

2010 Release of own book “Polina” (Author: Gerhard Haase-Hindenberg). 2012 Polina Semionova appeared in the movie “Passion” (Director: Brian de Palma).

2013 § Polina Semionova appeared in the movie “The Girl from Nagasaki” (Director: Michel Comte).
§ A new breed of the rare ornamental plant from the Rehmannia family was named "Polina S." in the Berlin Botanical Garden.
§ Polina Semionova was appointed “Honorary Professor” at the Berlin State Ballet School.

2013-2015 Polina Semionova became the official face of the fashion brand “Uniqlo”.

2014 Polina Semionova presented the Ballet Gala “Polina Semionova & Friends” at Lincoln Theatre Yountville (California / USA).

2015 Polina Semionova together with perfumer Geza Schoen created and released the perfume “Precision and Grace” (The Beautiful Mind Series - Volume 2).

2018 Polina Semionova presented the Ballet Gala “Polina & Friends” at State Opera Berlin (Germany)