Ukrainian ballet dancer Iana Salenko makes her Royal Ballet debut as a Guest Artist in the 2013/14 Season, dancing Kitri in Carlos Acosta's new production of Don Quixote. She is a principal at the Berlin State Ballet.
Salenko was born in Kiev and trained at the Pisarev Ballet School, Donetsk, graduating in 2000. She was a member of the Donetsk Ballet 2000–02 before joining Kiev Opera Ballet as a principal. She joined the Berlin State Ballet in 2005 as a demi-soloist, promoted to soloist in 2006 and principal in 2007. Her roles in Berlin have included Malakhov's Cinderella, Princess Aurora (Malakhov's Sleeping Beauty), Marie (Barts's The Nutcracker), Olga (Cranko's Onegin), Balanchine's Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Schaufuss's La Sylphide and Cranko's Juliet. Her many awards include first prizes at the International Ballet Competitions in Helsinki and Nagoya in 2005.
Salenko regularly performs as a guest artist around the world, performances including Kitri in Florence, Munich, Moscow and Rome, Princess Aurora in Essen and Bratislava, Odette/Odile (Swan Lake) in Bratislava and the Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker) in Slovenia. She is married to Berlin State Ballet principal Marian Walter.
News and features
27 September 2013
Behind-the-scenes with The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for a highly anticipated new work.
Cast confirmation: Iana Salenko and Evgenia Obraztsova to perform as Guest Artists with The Royal Ballet
2 September 2013
Principals of Staatsballett Berlin and Bolshoi Ballet to perform in Don Quixote and Romeo and Juliet.