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Kristina Kretova (Dancer)

Biography

Born in Orel. In 2002 she graduated from the Bolshoi BalletAcademy (classes of Lyudmila Kolenchenko, Marina Leonova, Elena Bobrova) and joined the Kremlin Ballet Theater, where she danced the leading parts: 

Giselle
 (Giselle by A. Adam; choreography by J. Coralli, J. Perrot, M. Petipa, A. Petrov) 
Odette-Odile (Swan Lake; choreography by A. Gorsky, M. Petipa, L. Ivanov, A. Messerer, A. Petrov) 
Marie (Nutcracker by P. Tchaikovsky, choreography by A. Petrov) 
Kitri (Don Quixote by L.Minkus, choreography by A. Gorsky, production by V. Vasiliev) 
Emmy Lawrence (Tom Sawyer by P. Ovsyannikov, choreography by A. Petrov) 
Naina (Ruslan and Ludmila by V. Agafonnikov, choreography by A. Petrov) 
Princess Florina, Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty by P.Tchaikovsky, choreography by M. Petipa, A. Petrov) 
Esmeralda (La Esmeralda by C. Pugni, R. Drigo, choreography by A. Petrov) 
Susanna (Figaro to music by W.A. Mozart and G. Rossini, choreography by A. Petrov) 

She became the constant participant of the Russian Seasons of the XXI century project, initiated by the Charity foundation n.a. Maris Liepa, the company SAV Entertainment and the Kremlin Ballet Theatre. She appeared in the parts of the Firebird (The Firebird by I. Stravinsky, after M. Fokine, revived by A. Liepa), Tamar (Tamarby M. Balakirev, staged by A. Liepa, Y. Smoriginas). 

In 2007, she danced Gulnare in Le Corsaire by A. Adam (choreography by M. Petipa, K. Sergeyev) and Lilac Fairy together with the ballet company of the Tatar State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet within the framework of the International Rudolf Nureyev Festival of Classical Ballet (Kazan). 

In 2008, she appeared in the part of the Mistress of the Copper Mountain at the first night performance of The Tale of the Stone Flower by S. Prokofiev at the Yekaterinburg State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (choreography by A. Petrov). 

In 2010, she took the position of a principal dancer at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre. There she danced Queen of dryads, Kitri (Don Quixote, choreography by A. Gorsky, A Tchitchinadze), Odette/Odile (Swan Lake, choreography by L. Ivanov, V. P. Burmeister), Esmeralda (C. Pugni’s La Esmeralda; choreography by V. Burmeister) 

In the season of 2011/12 she joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company. 
Her teacher-repetiteur is Nina Semizorova.

Repertoire

 FOR THE BOLSHOI THEATRE 

2011 
Queen of Dryads (Don Quixote by L.Minkus, choreography by M. Petipa, A. Gorsky, A. Fadeechev's version) 
Giselle (Giselle by A. Adam, choreography by J. Coralli, J. Perrot, M.Petipa, Y. Grigorovich's version) 
Marie (Nutcracker by P. Tchaikovsky, choreography by Y. Grigorovich) 

2012 
Odette-Odile (Swan Lake by P. Tchaikovsky in the 2nd version by Y. Grigorovich) 
Soloist (Cinque to music by A. Vivaldi, choreography by M. Bigonzetti) 
Slaves dance (Le Corsaire by A. Adam, production and new choreography by A. Ratmansky and Y. Burlaka after M. Petipa) 
Mireille de Poitiers (B. Asafiev’s The Flames of Paris, production and new choreography by A. Ratmansky after V. Vainonen) 
Anyuta (Anyuta to music by V. Gavrilin, choreography by V.Vasiliev) 
Duet (Dream of Dream to music of S. Rachmaninov, choreography by J. Elo) 
The Leading Couple (Classical Symphony to music by S. Prokofiev, choreography by Y. Possokhov) 
Ramze (C. Pugni’s La Fille du Pharaon, P. Lacotte production after M.us Petipa) 
The Leading Couple in Rubies (Part II of Jewels to music by I. Stransky, choreography by G. Balanchine) 
Polyhymnia (Apollon Musagète by I. Stravinsky, choreography by G. Balanchine) 
Sponge-in-Chief (Moidodyr by E. Podgayts, choreography by Y. Smekalov) 

2013 
Gamzatti
 (La Bayadere by L. Minkus, choreography by M. Petipa, Y. Grigorovich’s version) 
Gulnare (Le Corsaire
Stove, Waltz, Vacuum Cleaners (Kvartira, music by Fleshquartet, choreography by M. Ek) 
Olga, Tatiana (Onegin to music by P. Tchaikovsky, choreography by J. Cranko) 
Friend/friends to the Prince (Swan Lake) — debuted on the Bolshoi tour to London 
Kitri (Don Quixote
Angela, Marchesa Sampietri (Marco Spada by D.-F.-E. Auber, P. Lacotte’s production) 
Swanilda (Coppelia by L. Delibes, choreography by M. Petipa and E. Cecchetti; revival and new choreographic version by S. Vikharev) 

2014 
Prudence Duvernoy
 (creation at the Bolshoi Theatre), Manon Lescaut (Lady of the Camellias to music by F. Chopin, choreography by J. Neumeier) 
Ballerina (D. Shostakovich’s The Bright Stream, choreography by . A. Ratmansky) 
Jeanne (The Flames of Paris
Katharina (The Taming of the Shrew to music by D. Shostakovich, choreography by J.-Ch. Maillot) 

2015 
Florine
 (L. Desyatnikov’s Lost Illusions , choreography by A. Ratmansky) 
Two Leading Couples in Emeralds (Part I of Jewels to music by G. Faure, choreography by G. Balanchine) — debuted on the Bolshoi tour to Hong Kong 
Vera
 (A Hero of Our Time by I. Demutsky, Princess Mary part, choreography by Y. Possokhov, director K. Serebrennikov) — creation 
The Couple in Green
 (Russian Seasons to music by L. Desyatnikov, choreography by A. Ratmansky) 

2017 
Fairy of Diamonds
 (The Sleeping Beauty
Part in Short time together to music by M. Richter and L. van Beethoven (choreography by by P. Lightfoot and S. León)

Tours

During her time at the BOLSHOI 

2014 — she performed the title part in Anyuta with the Samara Opera and Ballet Theatre Company in the framework of XIV Classical Ballet Festival named after Alla Shelest. 
2015 – she appeared as Kitri in Don Quixote (M. Messerer’s version) with the Mikhailovsky Theatre Ballet Company (Ivan Vasiliev as Basilio).

Awards

2003 — the youth grant of the Triumph prize. 
2004 — 2nd prize at the All-Russia Yuri Grigorovich Festival Young Ballet of Russia (Krasnodar). 
2006 — 1st prize at the Young Balletof the World (Sochi) and the Ballet magazine Soul of Dance prize (in the Rising Star category) 
2014 — she was chosen among “25 to watch” by Dance Magazine; The International Ballet Festival Dance Open Prize in Miss Virtuositynomination.





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