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  1. PoluninInk’s next performance is of RASPUTIN on the beautiful outdoor stage of Margits Island on the Danube in Budapest, Hungary 🇭🇺 Friday 13 August 2021 I had bought tickets way back in January in the hope that I could travel .. but Hungary requires leisure travellers from UK to quarantine for 10 days, so that’s not practical. Happily I have been able to return my front row tickets for resale … the 3,000 or so capacity is fully sold out. There are changes to the cast for this show: - SEMYON VELICHKO, principal at Het Nationale Ballet, replaces JOHAN KOBBORG as Prince Felix Yusupov. Semyon was previously a principal at the Stanislavsky company in Moscow. - JÚLIA BARÓ replaces ELENA ILINYKH as the Tsarina. Júlia trained at English National Ballet School, and is a dancer with ONB in Romania. She is a regular collaborator with Sergei’s company performing the lead ballerina role in ‘Satori’ (created by Natalia Osipova), and featured roles in ‘Fraudulent Smile’, ‘Little Red and the Wolf’, and Johan Kobborg’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. - DJORDJE KALENIC, returns to his role as the ailing Tsarevich. Djordje has been training at the Vienna State Opera Ballet Academy with grants from Sergei’s Foundation. He will be joining the John Cranko School in September. The other cast members are unchanged …. - ALEXEI LYUBIMOV, principal at Stanislavsky is the Tsar - SERGEI POLUNIN is Rasputin https://margitszigetiszinhaz.hu/margitszigeti-programok/raszputyin-tancdrama-szergej-polunyin/
  2. I do think Bolshoi and Mariinsky have much work to do around diversity of skin colour. (As do many/all companies.) You only have to look at the skin tones of the Brazilian dancers hired in Russia to see that they only choose the dancers with lighter coloured skins. Why is this? Perhaps this would be a good place to start their education. And why do they not hire Cuban dancers? Same problem I’m guessing. I suspect Russian companies don’t grasp the problem as it’s “not a problem in their country”. And there is an argument that ballet companies should reflect the mix of the country they perform to. So they are somewhat less at fault than other countries in my view. Though I do not condone their lack of understanding and willingness to change over ‘blackface’. The only way that any company can change without lowering quality, is to get out into the community and search and train a wider spectrum of young people. That’ll take years to come through … we are only now seeing a handful of UK homegrown talent like Shevelle Dynott, Joe Sissens, Joe Aumeer, etc. I don’t count Francesca Hayward as most people don’t even realise she is mixed race. It’s shocking how few have been trained here and now work professionally … given how diverse the UK population is.
  3. I am assuming this is the same documentary available on ENB On Demand which includes Alina Cojocaru rehearsing Le Corsaire on stage, interviews with Tamara Rojo, etc? https://ondemand.ballet.org.uk/production/enb-in-paris/ £4.99 for 3 days access
  4. In addition ti the performance above, Sergei’s involvement at the film festival in Cluj included … 1) an extended interview ‘TIFFTALK’ in English with well respected Romanian journalist Cátálin Stefanescu, who wrapped up the interview by noting that he had asked non-dance questions to Sergei because he’d heard that Sergei didn’t like to talk about dance, whereas Sergei had responded ‘so nicely’ to audience members who’d all exclusively asked about dance. Ha! These interviewers don’t know so much! Fortunately this one was smart enough to realise he’d been sent down the wrong path. He had asked about Ukraine politics (Sergei is sad that he cannot visit his dad or grandmothers there) and bored on about his Putin tattoo. The audience collectively groaned with annoyance. Photos here. https://www.instagram.com/p/CR6cnvnJLYG/?utm_medium=copy_link 2) Two screenings of Sergei’s documentary movie DANCER to sold out audiences. It was voted one of the top screenings at the festival. At the second screening there was another Q&A with Sergei Photos here https://www.instagram.com/p/CR_kNi3jj0N/?utm_medium=copy_link I did watch the first screening … even though the movie was completed about 5 years ago, it is still quite shocking … the drugs, shaving his head, the dreadful media condemnation on leaving the RB. It is intrinsic and so sad to see the pain in his and his parents eyes at that time. Thank goodness we now know that they are reconciled as a family and each is in a better place now. 3) a masterclass on the stage of the beautiful Cluj Opera House to local teenage students (at least one from Vaganova and many YAGP award winners) and also local professionals. The stage was packed! I was very impressed with his kindness and patience with the students as well as his passion for imparting knowledge. And of course it was thrilling for the class participants and audience to get some glimpses of his own fine technique. Photos here https://www.instagram.com/p/CSE6PPCDrqP/?utm_medium=copy_link 4) Being the guest of honour at the closing ceremony, handing over the main award. https://www.instagram.com/p/CSJRWGiKU-H/?utm_medium=copy_link As well as all these, Sergei gave other interviews to Romanian journalists and was hired to do at least 2 fashion shoots, one for undisclosed purpose and one with Elle Romania https://www.instagram.com/p/CSBmJNwqhtD/?utm_medium=copy_link I haven’t yet mentioned the travel problems which caused all the above to be condensed into 3 days and included Sergei having to rehearse on the castle stage at midnight on arrival in Cluj … after an overnight delay in Frankfurt airport AND then the connection being diverted to another city in Romania due to a massive thunderstorm in Cluj AND then a 4 hour drive through the mountains inbetween!
  5. More photos of the show on TIFF Romania FB and IG https://www.instagram.com/p/CR8fMXYD4L5/?utm_medium=copy_link https://www.instagram.com/p/CR7VFfxJJU8/?utm_medium=copy_link
  6. I still cannot quite believe that a week ago I was in this glorious setting of Bánffy Castle near Cluj in Romania 🇷🇴 Travelling there was uneventful thanks to the UK vaccination programme, the NHS Covid pass and sensible Romanian travel restrictions … No isolation for anyone fully vaccinated. Sergei was the guest of honour of the Transilvanian International Film Festival in Cluj. The Romanians laid on a very special occasion for him and he delivered in spades in return. Over 2000 people attended the performance. Certificates of fully vaccinated status were required to access the event, despite it being outdoors. The castle provided a stunning backdrop and the stage set-up of lights, misting and sound equipment, plus 2 large screens (rock concert style) either side for close-ups looked expensive! The show was opened by a Romanian cellist, Andrei Cavassi performing with his band on both traditional and electronic cello https://www.instagram.com/p/CSHWE4Rj4DX/?utm_medium=copy_link Then followed four sections to Sergei’s show: 1) screening of the recent BOLERO video complete with the intro poem of ‘IF’ by Kipling … with Romanian subtitles. It is extra impressive on the big screen. If you haven’t seen it yet, it is on Sergei’s YouTube channel. Lovely balletic choreography by Ross Freddie Ray. 2) stunning live performance of SACRÉ, which is based on Nijinsky’s life, choreographed for Sergei by Yuka Oishi of Hamburg Ballet. it was thrilling to see the range of emotions he brings to this 35 minute solo, on top of his super technique. Sergei is in very good shape indeed, especially considering how little he has been able to perform since early 2020. (His last performances outside Russia were of Marguerite & Armand with Alina Cojocaru in Japan in February 2020). This Sacre was nothing like the Sacre at the London Palladium in May 2019. It has evolved hugely since… Sergei was on fire in Romania 🔥 3) Q&A on stage with Tudor Giurgiu, director of the film festival in which Sergei was hugely animated and highly entertaining … completely re-energised. Even joking about how tough it is being ‘danced to death’ in Giselle Act 2, and miming wanting to limp off into the wings. And then admitting it’s also his favourite classical ballet of all time. 4) a surprise encore of TAKE ME TO CHURCH. Well … the audience went completely wild, whooping and hollering at his every move. The conditions were challenging as the Sacre ring of leaves constrained the stage space, and the cool late night air caused the mist to condense on the flooring. But still he delivered! The exuberant crowd gave spontaneous standing ovations after both the live performances .. SACRÉ and TMTC 👏👏👏👏👏 More photos to follow and more info on other events Sergei generously committed to whilst in Romania 😉
  7. Ah back to paying for Insights. I have enjoyed many free interviews online during the pandemic.
  8. This sounds different. Bravo Ivan for broadening the gala format 👏
  9. Sergei performed his new ballet Bolero live and in full for the first time last night (23/7/2021) at a performance in Sevastopol along with the IRSS (international student summer course) directed by Boris Eifman. There are further performances tonight and tomorrow, 24 and 25 July. Fascinating reveal from Choreographer Ross Freddie Ray … ross_freddie_ray ‘Bolero’ was danced live for the first time last night, I wish I could have been there. @poluninink doesn’t stop moving for the full 17minutes in what must be one of the hardest solos ever. I always had plans to adapt it for stage, make it easier but Sergei said no! He wants the challenge. Don’t really know what to say other than wow and thank you @poluninink . Photo by @vitaly_pht . . Concept & Choreography by Ross Freddie Ray Nebula Artwork by @teunvanderzalm Lighting design by @niknib Costume by @dmitryloginov.official Make-up by @stolyarovyuriy . . #ballet #art #space #stars #multiplesclerosis Click links for more photos … Ross Freddie Ray https://www.instagram.com/p/CRs02mBADzq/?utm_medium=copy_link Sergei Polunin https://www.instagram.com/p/CRrw_NwLpLk/?utm_medium=copy_link
  10. News that the documentary about the making of the ‘Bolero’ will be out soon. I believe it will include explanation of how movement and dance helps to cure illness, and the features of Multiple Sclerosis that have been incorporated in this dance. Perhaps also why they chose to feature Rudyard Kipling’s ‘IF’ in this project Link to announcement … https://www.instagram.com/p/CRjN3g6JOgx/?utm_medium=copy_link Link to ‘Bolero’ video … https://youtu.be/fUjYQTZiWYY poluninink "Bolero" documentary - coming soon We created "Bolero" ballet with @ross_freddie_ray as part of Merck @merckrussia project #livefulllife to support all the people who live with Multiple Sclerosis Concept & Choreography by @ross_freddie_ray Visuals by @teunvanderzalm Director: Maxim Bespalyi Camera man: Ivan Barkhvart Lighting designer @niknib Costume by @dmitry.loginov.arsenicum @dmitryloginov.official Make-up by @stolyarovyuriy Video editing: @vinogradskiy and @philipinolee Watch “Bolero” art video on my YouTube channel . . . . . . . #мерк #merck #merckrussia #livefulllife#рассеянныйсклероз #рс #живиполнойжизнью#живиполнойжизньюсрс #msinsideout #worldmsday#Msconnection #moveform my screenshot :
  11. yes it was sold out … I had friends who were late in deciding to go and couldn’t get tickets even with personal connections.
  12. Sadly I’ve tried that and it’s still too large 🤔 900+ kB after compression. And the tool won’t let me compress further. I used an Image compressor. Could someone recommend a better tool or method? No idea why the original photo is so large… I use my iPhone.
  13. you misquoted me! I said … I didn’t mind standing as I had anticipated the sightline problem, so had knowingly bought the £89.25 ticket hoping (!) to be able to stand. If this message board would allow larger photo files I could show you how close we were. In the end I was rather delighted with my expensive standing ticket. You cannot get that close anywhere in the opera house.
  14. Fab review Mandy. All the dancers performed beautifully and the 3 new principal ladies were especially impeccable … their dancing and beauty is wonderful to view this close-up. Another highlight for me was Reece’s full-on happiness and broad smile in the Manon pdd with Fumi. Happiness was evident in all the dancers! Very grateful for the extra breaks, chilled water and free ice cream … the heat was fiendish. Some people decamped outside the lawn to sit (or stand) either side where there was shade. I agree a much higher stage is needed. Perhaps the organisers should look to the one they use on Verdensballetten outdoor summer tour of Denmark which has been running for 13/14 years ... initially set-up and run by Johan Kobborg, and more recently by Steven McRae. Photo of high stage here …. https://www.instagram.com/p/BjxBJ88gwKn/?utm_medium=copy_link I didn’t mind standing as I had anticipated the sightline problem, so had knowingly bought the £89.25 ticket hoping (!) to be able to stand. Being in the first row behind the 5 ‘VIP’ rows in front … we were as close to the stage as possible, but still needed to stand to see anything more than heads of the dancers. I’d not have been pleased to pay this amount and be at the back with such a limited view. Hugely appreciative of all the super performances and for the packed programme.
  15. Is there a way to fix the IG photo embed issue? It works other places 🤔
  16. No one has contacted me personally (the norm in other groups) so I am guessing (??) that it’s my posting of @dancersdiary lovely photo of Aurora and her 4 princes …. duly credited twice, that has been removed twice. Perhaps someone could explain to me why photos from IG posts do no longer embed in this forum?
  17. Fantastic programme that we’ve heard of so far. Daichi performing Rhapsody. Looks like Alexander Campbell is doing a solo from Dances at a Gathering. Fully expecting to melt while watching .. 3pm start on a hot summer’s day! 🥵 now … how to get a seat with decent sight line? 🤔 (I’m going on Sunday)
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