Ponomarenko Larissa

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Classical Ballet / Principal

Larissa Ponomarenko, of Odessa, Ukraine, is a graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg. After working with Donetsk Ballet in Ukraine, Mississippi Ballet, and Tulsa Ballet, Larissa joined Boston Ballet as a principal dancer in 1993

Larissa’s vast and versatile repertoire includes Medora in Le Corsaire, Nikia in La Bayadere, Kitri in Don Quixote, Odette and Odile in Swan Lake, the title role in Giselle, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanhilda in Coppélia, divertissements from Paquita, and Raymonda; Tatiana in Cranko’s Onegin, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet; Masha in MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; Bournonville’s La Sylphide; Cinderella in Kudelka’s Cinderella; Marguerite in Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias; leads in Welch’s Madame Butterfly; Kylián’s Falling Angels and Petite Mort; Duato’s Jardi Tancat and Without Words; Tharp’s Waterbaby Bagatelles and In the Upper Room; and Balanchine’s Tchaikovski Pas de Deux, Symphony in C, Who Cares?, The Four Temperaments, Morzartiana, Diamonds, Serenade, Divertimento No. 15, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and La Waltz. Additionally, Larissa has danced works by Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Ben Stevenson, Michael Corder, Bruce Wells, Lisa Monte, and Lazlo Berdo and has created roles in works by Jorma Elo, Christopher Wheeldon, Stephen Baynes, Daniel Pelzig, and Viktor Plotnikov.

Larissa appeared internationally in Galas and Festivals and as a guest artist with
English National Ballet in London, NBA Ballet Company in Tokyo, Opera Theatre of Rome and Teatro Comunale of Florence in Italy. She was nominated for Prix Benois De La Danse in 2005, and is a recipient of E. Virginia Williams Inspirational Award.

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