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Ulyana Lopatkina (Principal Dancer)

Uliana was born on 23th of October 1973 in Kerch (Ukraine). From the early age Uliana took dancing classes and was admitted to the Academy of Russian Ballet named after Vaganova (St.Petersburg) where she studied the art of dancing from Galina Novitskaya in primary school and Natalia Dudinskaya in higher school. Still being a student of the Academy, Uliana took won at Vaganova-prix Competition (St.Petersburg, 1991).

After graduation from the Academy in 1991 Uliana joined Mariinsky theatre company (St.Petersburg). In 1994 Uliana successfully made her debut as Odette/Odille in the “Swan Lake” ballet in St.Petersburg, for which she was awarded with “Golden Sofit” as best debut in St.Petersburg. In 1995 Uliana was called the principal dancer of Mariinsky theatre where her teachers were Olga Moiseeva and Ninel Kurgapkina. Presently Uliana’s coach is Irina Chistyakova.

Among the leading roles of Uliana are: Gieselle, Medora in Corsaire, Nikya in La Bayadere, Raymonde, the Swan, Zobeida in Scheherazade, Mekhmeneh Bahnu in The Legend of Love,  Zarema in  The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, the ballets of Balanchine, Petit, Forsythe, Van Manen and many others.
Uliana danced at the most famous theatres of the world. Among them are the Mariinsky theatre in St.Petersburg, Bolshoy theatre in Moscow, Royal Opera House in London, Grand Opera de Paris, La Scala in Milan, Metropolitan Opera in New York , National theatre of opera and ballet in Helsinki, NHK hall in Tokyo.
Among achevements of Uliana are the title of Honoured Artist of Russia (2000), People's Artist of Russia(2006).  In 1997 Uliana won the Golden Mask and Benois de la Dance, in 1998 - the premium of London critics “Evening Standard”, in 1999 was awarded with the State premium of Russia. In 2010 Uliana performed at the closing ceremony of the Olympics at Vancouver (Canada).  The same year upon personal invitation from Opera de Paris Uliana performed the “Swan Lake”. In 2011 Uliana took part in Gala devoted to Galina Ulanova (London) and international gala Italy-Russia (Rome).
Uliana sees the birth of her daughter Masha in 2002 as one of the most impotrant events in her life. Among ballerina’s hobbies are drawing, literature, classial music, interior design and cinema.

• People’s Artist of Russia (2005).
• Recipient of the State Prize of Russia (1999).
• Prize-winner at the International Vaganova-Prix Competition (St Petersburg, 1991).
• Recipient of the following prizes: Golden Sofit (1995, 2015), Divine together with the accolade Best Ballerina (1996), Golden Mask (1997), Benois de la danse (1997), Baltika (1997 and 2001: the Grand-Prix for promoting the worldwide fame of the Mariinsky Theatre), Evening Standard (1998), Monaco World Dance Awards (2001), Triumph (2004).
• In 1998 she was awarded the honorary title of “Artiste of Her Imperial Majesty, the Stage of Sovereign Russia” and the medal Mankind-Creator.

Born in Kerch.
Graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet (class of professor Natalia Dudinskaya).
Joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 1991.
Principal Dancer since 1995.

Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:
Giselle (Myrtha, Giselle); choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa,
Le Corsaire (Medora); production by Pyotr Gusev after the composition and choreography of Marius Petipa,
La Bayadère (Nikia); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani,
"Paquita" Grand pas (Soloist); choreography by Marius Petipa,
The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Swan Lake (Odette-Odile); choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Raymonda (Raymonda, Clémence); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Michel Fokine’s ballets The Dying Swan, The Firebird (Firebird) and Schéhérazade (Zobeide),
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Zarema); choreography by Rostislav Zakharov,
The Legend of Love (Mekhmeneh Bahnu); choreography by Yuri Grigorovich,
Leningrad Symphony (the Girl); scenario and choreography by Igor Belsky,
Pas de quatre (Marie Taglioni); choreography by Anton Dolin,
Carmen-Suite (Carmen); choreography by Alberto Alonso,
George Balanchine’s ballets Serenade, Symphony in C (II. Adagio), Jewels (Diamonds), Piano Concerto No 2 (Ballet Imperial), Theme and Variations, La Valse, Scotch Symphony and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania),
In the Night (3rd movement); choreography by Jerome Robbins,
Roland Petit’s ballets Le Jeune Homme et la mort and The Death of the Rose,
Goya Divertissement (Death); choreography by Alberto Alonso,
Anna Karenina (Kitty); choreography by Andrei Pokrovsky,
The Nutcracker (Pavlova and Cecchetti, fragment); choreography by John Neumeier,
Alexei Ratmansky’s ballets Anna Karenina (Anna Karenina), The Little Humpbacked Horse (Tsar Maiden), Le Baiser de la fée (Fairy) and Le Poème de l’extase,
In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated; choreography by William Forsythe,
Hans van Manen's ballets Trois GnossiennesVariations for two couples and 5 Tango's,
Le Grand Pas de Deux; choreography by Christian Spuck
and Marguerite and Armand (Marguerite); choreography by Frederick Ashton.

She was the first performer of one of the two solo roles in John Neumeier’s ballet Sounds of Empty Pages (2001).

Has toured with the Mariinsky Ballet throughout Europe, the USA and Asia.

"Anna Karenina" ballet at the Mariinsky theatre
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