Larissa Ponomarenko

Ponomarenko_290Larissa Ponomarenko is the Prima Ballerina of Boston Ballet.

BALLET TRAINING:

1980-1981 Ballet School in Odessa, Ukraine, under V. Issaev.

1981-1989 Vaganova Ballet Academy, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Graduation class of Ninnel Kurgapkina.

During eight years of study received coaching from : N. Serebriannikov,

I. Gensler, N. Yanannis, T. Shmirova, M. Doukaev, K. Sergeev, N. Dudinskaia,

T. Borovikova.

PROFESSIONAL BALLET CAREER

1993-2007 Principal Dancer of Boston Ballet Company

 

Repertoire:

Tatiana In J. Cranko’s “ONEGIN”, Kate In J. Cranko’s “TAMING OF THE SHRUE”, Juliet In

J.Cranko’s “ROMEO AND JULIET”, Masha In K. MacMillan’s “WINTER DREAMS”, Lead

In S. Welch’s “MADAMA BUTTERFLY”, Marguerite In V. Caniparolli’s “LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS”,

Esmeralda In M.Pink’s “ THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME”, Svetlana in B.

Stevenson’s “DRACULA” and Cleopatra In “CIEOPATRA”, Titania in B.Wells’ “MIDSUMMER

NIGHT’S DREAM”, Cinderella In J. Kudelka’s “CINDERELLA” and M.Corder’s “CINDERELLA”

and Lead In “DANSES CONCERTANTES”, Juliett In D. Pelzig’s “ROMEO AND JULIETT”

Odett/Odille In “SWAN LAKE” , Aurora and Princess Florine In “SLEEPING BEAUTY”,

Nikia In “LA BAYADERE”, Medora In “LE CORSAIRE”, Giselle In “GISELLE”, Sugar Plum

Fairy and Snow Queen In “NUTCRACKER”, Kitri , Street Dancer and Queen of Dryades in

“ DON- QUIXOTE”, Sylph In Bournonville’s “ LA SYLPHIDE”, Swanilda in “COPPELIA”,

Paper Ballerina In “THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER”, Lead In Bournonville’s “ABDALLAH”,

Lead in Divertiments From “PAQUITA” and “RAYMONDA”, “PAS DE CATRE”, “LES

SYLPHIDE” (Shopeniana), Pas de deux “ FLAMES OF PARIS”.

J. Killian’s “FALLING ANGELS”, “PETITE MORT” , N. Duato’s “JARDI TANCAT” and “WITHOUT WARDS”,

 Antony Tudor’s “ DARK ELEGIES” , Twyla Tharp’s “IN THE UPPER ROOM”

 and “WATERBABY BAGATELLES”, Rome and Coke in P. Taylor’s “COMPANY B”,

M.Morris’ “MAELSTROM” and “DRINK TO ME ONLY WITH THINE EYES”, C.Wheeldon’s “POLYPHONIA”,

 J. Elo’s “SHARP SIDE OF DARK”, L. Montes’ “SEVEN FOR EIGHT”, L. Berdo’s “FOUR HANDS”

Balanchine’s “MOZARTIANA”, “SYMPHONY IN C”, “DIVERTIMENTO no. 15”, “WHO

CARES”, “DIAMONDS”, Pas de deux Couple in “MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM”, The

Waltz Girl In “SERENADE”, Sanguinic in “FOUR TEMPERAMENTS”, Tchaikovski “PAS

DE DEUX”, “LA WALTZ”

CREATED ROLES IN WORLD PREMIERS: J. Elo’s “PLAN TO B” and “BREAK THE EYES”,

“IN ON BLUE”, “LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS”, C. Wheeldon’s “CORYBANTIC ECSTASIES”,

“FIREBIRD” and “FOUR SEASONS”, S.Baynes’ “ROCOCO VARIATIONS”, D. Pelzig’s “THE

PRINCESS AND THE PEA”, “NINE LIVES : SONGS OF LYLE LOVETT”, “FLIGHTS AND

FANCY” and “AMERICAN IN PARIS”, V. Plotnikov’s “RHYME”, “ELEGANT SOULS”,

“SHORT STORIES FOR A SMALL MAGAZINE”, “WHAT WOULD YOU MAKE OF IT” and

Pas de deux “TENSION AND BEAUTY”, “BENCH” and “LOVE AND LIBERTE” ,

GUEST APPEARANCES:

2005 With Opera Theatre of Rome in G. Samsova’s “ Swan Lake ”

2005 NBA Ballet Company of Tokyo in S. Vikharev’s “ Coppelia “

1998-1999 With English National Ballet of London in M. Cordor’s “ Cinderella “ and D.

Deane’s “Nutcracker “

1996-97 Teatro Comunale of Florence in A.Marie Holmes’ “ Sleeping Beauty”

Participated in numerous International Galas and Festivals throughout the World.

PRESS QUOTES:

“She’s Poetry in Motion” – head line for the feature story in Boston Magazine, by Rebeca Nemser.

“Larissa Ponomaenko, her exquisite classic line , high , well-stretched extensions,

lightning- quick turns, and flawless point work were breathtaking. Performing the role of

Kitri-Dulcinea….. , she deftly created the illusion of skimming across the stage on a cushion

of air.” – Dance Magazine , by Lili C. Livingston.

“For Ms. Ponomarenko, Aurora and , by implication, classical ballet technique itself were

embodiment of ideal beauty. Her placement and balances made her a symbol of harmonious

order.” – Boston Herald , by Theodore Bale.

“Ponomarenko will take your breath away with her long lines and expressive movements.”

- Katrina L. Tentor.

“On opening night , Larissa Ponomarenko dansed and acted so brilliantly that I couldn’t

believe my eyes, at the same time knowing full well that I was witnessing one of the great

performances of my life . She was…… mesmerizing throughout……..moved me to tears and

raptures of joy.

….She is one of the greatest dancers of our time.” -Alan Helms.

“Ponomarenko’s interpretation of Marguerite is gloriously nuanced. The ending , a solo she

performs barefoot, ….. Is wrenching.”……

“A great dance-actress, she’s at the peak of her powers, and the tragic role of Marguerite

suits her better than anything she’s danced since John Cranko’s “Onegin”.

- Boston Globe , by Christine Temin.

“Ponomarenko’s mad scene is a convincing unraveling of a soul distancing itself from life.

……..Giselle dies of a broken heart. Ponomarenko May come close to breaking yours. “

- Boston Globe , by Christine Temin.

“In the lead role as Kate, Ponomarenko proves she has a true gift for comedy, something

astonishing if one considers her triumphant dramatic portrayals in such ballets as “Eugene

Onegin” and “Giselle”. Her shifting facial expressoins in the Act II pas de deux are as

compelling as her sublime arabesques.” – Boston Herald, by Theodore Bale.

“As for Ponomarenko’s dancing , it was a non-stop miracle of mastery and grace. She’s one

of those rare performers so in charge of her craft that she appears to forget it, as if knowing

that it can take care of itself while she attends to the matters of the swelling and yearning

heart.” – Alan Helms.

Recognition :

2005 Nominated for PRIX BENOIS DE LA DANSE International Ballet Prize

1995 E. Virginia Williams INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

1994 Prize for Best Non Competing Partner in Jackson IBC ; Diploma as a Finalist in 1990

Teaching Experience:

2008 -2006 First State Ballet Academy, Wilmington DE , Summer Camp

2007 Essen , Germany, Master Classes

2006 -2005 Colorado Ballet School, Denver , Summer Program

2006 First State Ballet Academy, Wilmington DE , Summer Camp

2004 Boston Ballet , Summer Program, Master Classes

2000 Harvard University , Master Classes

1995-1997 Boston Ballet , Summer Program