Aug 22, 2013
By Michael Kramer
Ballet fans will be able to see a former Bolshoi prima ballerina perform in Toronto this season.
The National Ballet of Canada says Svetlana Lunkina will be a principal featured guest in the 2013/2014 season.
Lunkina has danced for Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre ballet troupe since 1997, but has lived in Toronto since the autumn of 2012.
She’s been taking classes with the National Ballet and danced for the company in June for its “Mad Hot Ballet” event.
This January Llunkina announced her decision to stay in Canada instead of returning home – because of threats and blackmail in Russia.
The Bolshoi has been mired in controversy and power struggles, which made international headlines in January when a masked assailant threw acid into the face of the Russian company’s artistic director, Sergei Filin.