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Diana Vishneva (Dancer)

Diana Vishneva was born in Leningrad (now St Petersburg). She began to study dance at the age of six. At the age of eleven she entered the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, from which she graduated in 1995 (class of Professor Lyudmila Kovaleva). In 1994 Vishneva won her first victory at the International Young Ballet Dancers’ Competition in Lausanne where she took both the Gold Medal and the Grand Prix. This feat has never been repeated by any other competitor since that day. In 1995, while still a student at the Academy of Russian ballet, Diana Vishneva became a trainee at the Mariinsky Theatre and performed the title role in Cinderella as well as the roles of Kitri in Don Quixote and Masha in The Nutcracker. Ever since, she has performed lead roles in the international ballet repertoire including works by Petipa and Fokine, Balanchine and Neumeier, Ashton and MacMillan, Alonso and Grigorovich, Béjart and Petit and Preljocaj and Ratmansky at the world’s great theatres in addition to Nureyev, Makarova, Malakhov and Bart’s versions of classical ballets.

In 1996 Diana Vishneva made her debut at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia as Kitri and she continues to appear there in lead roles in the ballets Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Lost Illusions.

In 1999, together with the Mariinsky Ballet Company she gave her first performance at the Metropolitan Opera, while in 2000 she made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty).

Diana Vishneva’s international career as a guest soloist began in 2001 with her performance together with the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Manon and at the Teatro alla Scala with the ballet The Sleeping Beauty. In 2002 she made her debut at the Berliner Staatsballett (Giselle and La Bayadère). The same year witnessed her Opéra de Paris debut in Don Quixote, where she later went on to give highly acclaimed portrayals of lead roles in the ballets Rubies (from Jewels), Manon and Swan Lake. Since 2003 Vishneva has been a Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her repertoire at ABT includes Giselle, La Bayadère, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Manon, Sylvia, The Dream and The Lady of the Camellias among other works. In the 2010-2011 season she appeared in works presented by the companies of Édouard Lock (Canada) and Martha Graham (USA).

Diana Vishneva’s work has brought the ballerina numerous awards and prizes, among them the title of People’s Artist of Russia, the State Prize of Russia, the Divine prize, the Benois de la danse award, a Golden Sofit, the Spirit of Dance prize in the category in the category “Queen of Dance,” the prize as best dancer of Europe, six Golden Masks and the Ballerina of the Decade prize.
On Diana’s initiative, 2010 saw the establishment of the Diana Vishneva Foundation, a cultural and charitable organisation that works in Russia, the USA and Japan. The main tasks of the foundation are to increase access to ballet for all social classes, to promote it, establish new dance projects and assist young performers and retired performers.



Giselle (Giselle) – choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa; also versions by Patrice Bart, Kevin McKenzie and Nikita Dolgushin;

La Bayadère (Nikia) – choreography by Marius Petipa, revised versions by Vakhtang Chabukiani, Natalia Makarova and Vladimir Malakhov as well as Sergei Vikharev’s revival;

Grand pas from the ballet Paquita (variation) – choreography by Marius Petipa;

Swan Lake (Odette-Odile) – choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, revised versions by Konstantin Sergeyev, Rudolf Nureyev, Yuri Grigorovich, Patrice Bart and Kevin McKenzie;

Raymonda (Raymonda) – choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev;

The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora) – choreography by Marius Petipa, revised versions by Konstantin Sergeyev, Vladimir Malakhov and Kevin McKenzie-Gelsey Kirkland) as well as Sergei Vikharev’s revival;

Le Corsaire (Medora, Gulnare) – choreography by Pyotr Gusev after Marius Petipa’s composition;

Don Quixote (Kitri) – choreography by Alexander Gorsky; also versions by Yuri Grigorovich and Rudolf Nureyev;

Schéhérazade (Zobeide), The Firebird (Firebird), Le Spectre de la rose and The Dying Swan – choreography by Michel Fokine;

The Nutcracker (Masha) – choreography by Vasily Vainonen, also Mihail Chemiakin’s production (choreography by Kirill Simonov);

Grand pas classique – choreography by Viktor Gzovsky;

Pas de Quatre (Fanny Cerrito) – choreography by Anton Dolin;

Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) – choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky;

Apollo (Terpsichore), Symphony in C (3rd movement),Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux,  Rubies and Ballet Imperial (soloist) – choreography by George Balanchine;

In the Night (1st duet) – choreography by Jerome Robbins;

The Legend of Love (Mekhmeneh-Bahnu) – choreography by Yuri Grigorovich;

Carmen – choreography by Igor Belsky;

Carmen-Suite (Carmen) – choreography by Alberto Alonso;

Bhakti and Ring um den Ring (Fricke, Brünnhilde) – choreography by Maurice Béjart;

Le Jeune homme et la mort and Carmen (Carmen) – choreography by Roland Petit;

Manon (Manon) and Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) – choreography by Kenneth MacMillan;

Spring and Fall, Now and Then, Sounds of Empty Pages and The Lady of the Camellias (Marguerite Gauthier) – choreography by John Neumeier;

Feeling of the Moon – choreography by Alexei Kononov (to music by Franz Hauser);

Les Bras de mer – choreography by Petr Zuska;

Cinderella (Cinderella) – choreography by Oleg Vinogradov;

Le Poème de l’extase, Cinderella (Cinderella), Anna Karenina(Anna Karenina), On the Dnieper (Olga) and Lost Illusions(Coralie) – choreography by Alexei Ratmansky;

In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Steptext – choreography by William Forsythe;

The Dream, Sylvia (Sylvia) and Thaïs – choreography by Frederick Ashton;

Silenzio – choreography by Alexei Kononov, production by Andrei Moguchy;

Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion (Alexei Ratmansky’s Pierrot Lunaire, Dwight Roden’s Three Point Turn and Moses Pendleton's F.L.O.W.);

La Peri – choreography by Vladimir Malakhov;

Kazemir’s Colours and Vertigo – choreography by Mauro Bigonzetti;

Le Parc (soloist) – choreography by Angelin Preljocaj;

New York and New Work – choreography by Édouard Lock (La La La Human Steps);

Diana Vishneva: Dialogues (Errand into the Maze – choreography by Martha Graham; Dialogue – choreography by John Neumeier; and Subject to Change – choreography by Paul Lightfoot and Sol León);

Onegin (as Tatiana) – choreography by John Cranko

Lost Illusions – choreography by Alexei Ratmansky;

Illusions – like “Swan Lake” – choreography by John Neumeier;

Boléro – choreography by Maurice Béjart;

Apartment – choreography by Mats Ek.






Gold Medal and Grand-Prix at the International Ballet Competition in Lausanne



Divine prize



Benois de la danse prize for the role of Kitri in the ballet Don Quixote



Golden Sofit prize for her solo role in George Balanchine’s ballet Symphony in C



Baltika prize for “Best Duet” (Diana Vishneva and Farukh Ruzimatov)



State Prize of the Russian Federation for lead roles in Mariinsky Theatre productions of The Sleeping Beauty, Manon, Le Jeune homme et la mort and Schéhérazade



Golden Mask prize for the lead role in George Balanchine’s ballet Rubies



Dancer of the Year prize from Dance Europe magazine



Recipient of the Spirit of Dance prize in the category “Queen of Dance”, awarded on an annual basis by Ballet magazine



Honored Artist of the Russian Federation for her achievements in the arts



Recipient of the Golden Mask, Russia’s most prestigious theatre prize, in three categories: “Best Female Role in Ballet”, “Best Ballet” and “Critics’ Prize” for Sergei Danilian’s Russo-American project Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion



Recipient of the Ballerina of the Decade prize from the Organizational Committee of the international ballet gala project Stars of the 21st Century



Golden Sofit for the lead role in Angelin Preljocaj’s ballet Le Parc


Bolshoi Theatre - "Lost illusions" - Diana Vishneva / Vladislav Lantratov / Artem Ovcharenko 02.02.2014
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