Diana Vishneva - Biography

• People´s Artist of Russia (2007)
• Recipient of the State Prize of Russia (2000)
• Prizewinner at the International Ballet Competition (Lausanne, 1994)
• Recipient of the Benois de la Danse prize (1995), the Golden Sofit (1996), the Baltika prize (1998), the Golden Mask (2001), theDancer of Europe 2002 prize, Ballet magazine prize (2003) and a second Golden Mask (2009) in three categories – Best Female Role, Modern Dance/Female Role and Critics' Prize (Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion; project by Sergei Danilian, USA-Russia)
Diana Vishneva was born in Leningrad. She graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet (class of Professor Lyudmila Kovaleva). During her last year at the Academy she also trained at the Mariinsky Theatre. Diana Vishneva joined the Mariinsky Ballet Company in 1995, and has been a Mariinsky Theatre soloist since 1996. 
Diana Vishneva frequently performs at the Europe's most prestigious venues. In 2001 she made her debut at the Bayerisches Staatsballett (Kenneth MacMillan's Manon) and at the Teatro alla Scala (Aurora in Rudolf Nureyev's version of The Sleeping Beauty), while in 2002 she appeared at the Opéra de Paris (Kitri in Rudolf Nureyev's version of Don Quixote). In 2003 came her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Juliet in Kenneth Macmillan's version of Romeo and Juliet).

Photo by Patrick Demachelier 
Since 2002 she has appeared as a guest soloist at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin), performing the principal roles in the ballets Giselle, La Bayadère, Swan Lake (Patrice Bart's version), Maurice Béjart's Ring um den Ring, Manon and The Sleeping Beauty. Since 2005 she has also been a guest soloist with American Ballet Theatre, performing in the ballets Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Manon, Romeo and JulietBallet Imperial, The Sleeping Beauty, The Dream and La Bayadère). At American Ballet Theatre, Diana Vishneva has performed lead roles in the ballets Sylvia and Thaïs Pas de deux by Frederick Aston, Alexei Ratmansky’s On the Dnepr and John Neumeier's Lady of the Camellias
Diana Vishneva frequently works with renowned contemporary choreographers and stage directors. In 2005 at the Mariinsky Theatre came the premiere of Petr Zuska's ballet Les Bras de mer, staged specially for Diana Vishneva. In 2007 Andrei Moguchy and Alexei Kononov staged the production Silenzio. Diana Vishneva
In February 2008, Diana Vishneva together with Ardani Artists Management and the Orange County Performing Arts Center presented the programme Beauty in Motion (Alexei Ratmansky'sPierrot Lunaire, Dwight Rhoden's Three Point Turn and Moses Pendleton's F.L.O.W.).
In the 2010-2011 season she performed works with the companies of Édouard Lock and Martha Graham.
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