Feature: Sergei Polunin and his new found fame in Russia

Friday 21 December 2012 by Sarah Kearney

Sergei Polunin will return to perform with Tamara Rojo at the Royal Ballet in March 2013 for the first time since his dramatic departure in January last year. He explains, “ I don’t know what to expect from the people there – it’s going to be strange, but I’m looking forward to it and it’s always a pleasure to dance with Tamara.”

Since his return to Russia he has danced at the Stanislavsky Theatre where artistic director Igor Zelensky has promoted Polunin and supported his career. After a successful run in Coppélia Polunin turned his sights on publicity opportunities by taking part in a Russian TV ballet competition, starring in a short promotional fashion film in New York and being the focus of a new dance documentary in January.

There will also be an opportunity to see him perform in London in April with Zelensky in Peter Schaufuss’ ballet Midnight Express,
‘the ballet has already prompted some salacious speculation about prison sex scenes, but Polunin says that it is too early to talk about the specifics. “I think it will be violent,” he says. “I know there’s going to be blood and screaming and real dancing, but I’m not sure exactly what it’s going to be.”’

Read on for the full interview, Alex Needham, Guardian, 19 December 2012

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