Kristina Shapran


That she is young, has exquisite feet, an ideal physique, is musically alert and technically assured... But Shapran seems to give each step, each action, an inner life that is revealed to us as she moves.

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• Recipient of the Mikhailovsky Theatre Grand Prix (2009)
• Recipient of the audience award from Russia-Culture TV’s project Grand Ballet (2012)

Born in Leningrad (St Petersburg).
Graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2011.
From 2011–2014 she was a soloist with the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre where her repertoire included lead roles in the ballets Giselle (Giselle), Don Quixote (Queen of the Dryads), The Nutcracker (Masha), Natalia Makarova's production of La Bayadère (Nikia), Pierre Lacotte’s staging of La Sylphide (The Sylph) and Roland Petit’s production of Coppélia (Swanilda).
From January to June 2014 she was a principal dancer at the Mikhailovsky Theatre where she performed lead roles in the ballets Giselle (Giselle), La Bayadère (Nikia), Le Corsaire (Medora) and Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness.
Joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 2014.

Repertoire includes:
Giselle (Giselle); choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa,
Swan Lake (Odette-Odile); choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Raymonda (Clémence), choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Le Corsaire (Medora); production by Pyotr Gusev after the composition and choreography by Marius Petipa,
Michel Fokine’s ballets Le Spectre de la rose (the Young Lady) and The Dying Swan,
Romeo and Juliet (Juliet); choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky,
George Balanchine's ballets Apollo (Terpsichore), Jewels (Diamonds),
The Legend of Love (Shyrin); choreography by Yuri Grigorovich,
Le Parc (Soloist); choreography by Angelin Preljocaj,
Alexei Ratmansky's ballets Cinderella (Cinderella) and Concerto DSCH,
Adagio Hammerklavier; choreography by Hans van Manen.

In December 2015 she made her debut at the Opéra de Paris as Nikia in the ballet La Bayadère, staged by Rudolf Nureyev.

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