Russian Ballerina Semionova Dances at NY’s Metropolitan Opera House
Polina Semionova, the Bolshoi-trained principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre is to perform in Leo Delibes’ ballet “Sylvia” at the Metropolitan Opera House on Tuesday and again on Friday.
Semionova, 29, made her debut with the American Ballet Theatre in 2011 after serving as principal dancer for the Berlin State Opera for 10 years.
“Sylvia” could be a challenge for Semionova and the rest of the company - the dancers will perform steps created by the English choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton as a star vehicle for Dame Margot Fonteyn in 1954, but the ballet has not been performed since 1965 and the choreography was never officially notated. It has been reconstructed from old film footage.
Semionova, who graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 2002, has danced in “Swan Lake” and “Romeo and Juliet” for the American Ballet Theatre this season.