Re the above by paragraph:
1. Really? If he's a principal dancer that says he works regularly with a company, and it's usually the company director who either commissions or choreographs new works, it's not left to the dancers to arrange. If he's freelance he's not a principal. Semantics but let's be specific.
2 & 3. Not quite the case. At the very kindest interpretation, Mr Polunin has allowed his name to be used as a selling point on a number of occasions of which I'm aware, for none of which he had any intention of showing up. When he was employed at the Royal Ballet, it was his job to show up, what he was paid to do. We show up at our paid jobs every day, but it's not necessarily a "pretty big statement of commitment" unless in my case my commitment to eating and sleeping with a roof over my head!
4. Bad example to use Marguerite and Armand in 2017. For months it was TBC on the cast list, then it was Mr Polunin, then just a few days later it was again TBC, soon replaced by Vladimir Shklyarov (and the ins and outs of why it wasn't a Royal Ballet dancer are not for this particular thread).
5. The Royal Ballet is a "rigid classical company"? News to me, and I'm sure to Wayne McGregor, for one! Meanwhile, dancers from companies all over the world have been guesting all over the world for decades. Dame Beryl Grey danced with the Kirov and the Bolshoi, in the Soviet Union, in the late 1950s. Dame Margot Fonteyn danced anywhere with anyone (largely to support her **** of a husband), particularly supportive of and dancing with the Australian Ballet in its early years. Li Cunxin originally went to Houston Ballet as a guest before defecting. His second wife Mary McKendry was dancing with London Festival Ballet when she guested in Houston. David McAllister and Elizabeth Toohey guested with both the Kirov and the Bolshoi in the mid-1980s. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
6. Many movies? Modelling? Foundation fund? Interviews? All done by many many dancers. He's certainly not unique.
1. So you saw every performance by every principal in the Royal Ballet in 2009? Wish I had your budget! Added to which you've watched every performance by the Stanislavsky AND Bayerisches Staatsballett since Mr Polunin started dancing with those companies? Because you can't (shouldn't) make the claims you are unless you have.
2. Really? Sweeping statement or considered opinion after watching every Royal Ballet performance since Mr Polunin joined the company?
1. Are you saying Mr Polunin is now post-balletic?
2. First sentence is your opinion, which you are welcome to express. Second sentence is again your opinion, and you must allow others to disagree with you.
1. Glad you say 77% of the vote (it was 76.69% actually). Are you aware that only 67.5% of registered voters actually voted? Are you aware that registered voters are less than 75% of the eligible population? "Many in the West" is a turn of phrase most frequently used by those not "in the West", so here's where I start wondering where you're actually writing from...
2. Trump has three more elections to win and even more human rights to trample before you can compare him with Putin.
Ignoring the Farage suggestion as it's hardly relevant or a similar situation.
1. Polunin had the same teaching and available mentoring at the Royal Ballet School as any other student. Cannot speak as to the situation when he joined the company. Yes it is good he seems to regard Zelensky and Kobborg as mentors or at the very least people to listen to, whatever he then does.
2. Irrelevant, both, as neither was in a similar situation
1. Debunked this myth of Royal Ballet dancers not being allowed to accept opportunities outside the company earlier on.
2. How big his role in the French film is, remains to be seen. As another poster pointed out, there are people of younger than 29 running their own quality dance schools while continuing to perform themselves.
3. If I were British, living in Britain, I'd certainly be reading the "English press" although I'm unsure if you're referring to English-language press or English-location press. Fairly normal for press local to a person to influence a person.
Bugger the setting, what about the facilities and faculty and finances? And again, a curiously Russian "We in the West" comment.
So basically now you're saying you've seen him on YouTube many times, and only seen him dance live once?
When I was seven years old Antoinette Sibley came to my little ballet school and watched/taught several classes (she was friends with the principal). I can legitimately claim to have studied with her, at least for that one class.
1. At 21 he still had some time to develop his artistry. I think he may have exaggerated just a tiny bit there.
2. Kobborg and Cojocaru had danced with Australian Ballet in the mid-2000s as well. Galeazzi did not perform in any Australian Ballet gala in 2016 (they didn't do any galas that year), in fact she performed about ten years before that. McRae in fact trained at the Royal Ballet upper school and never danced with the Australian Ballet except as a guest, as has Alexander Campbell. Miss Benjamin trained at the Royal Ballet School as well and only ever danced with Australian Ballet as a guest, in 1987 and then in I think 2007. David Ashmole in fact started with the Royal Ballet where he reached principal rank in 1975, then danced with the then-Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet as a principal from 1976-84, only joining Australian Ballet after that.
3 & 4. It's not clear what you're saying about Miss Guillem. She couldn't guest out while in Paris? Or London?
I notice you always refer to "Sergei" but that others are referred to by their surnames only or by both forename and surname. This, to me, smacks of an apologist. Thoughts, anyone?
Also, yes, mods, with my much-loved brother's recent wedding fresh in my mind, a word in support of @Tatiana and the above request.